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No Shortage of Medals at SC Champs

29 October 2018

David Schlicht and Holly Barratt
F-Teamers David Schlicht and Holly Barratt, new Australian Team members.

Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre was buzzing last weekend as swimmers descended on the pool for Aussie Short Course National Champs. For swimmers keen to qualify for the Australian Dolphins Team that's heading to China for the 14th FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in December this was the time to pull out the big guns.

David Schlicht
David scored a place on the Australian Team in the 400m IM.

One swimmer who took things to the next level was Funky Trunks F-Teamer David Schlicht. After putting in some serious sessions in the pool he powered to a silver medal in the 400m IM and a place on his first senior Australian Team to compete in China against the best in the world.

Jack McLoughlin
Jack McLoughlin lining up in his APEX Predator at Pan Pac Trials.

F-Teamer and Olympian Jack McLoughlin had a great meet, winning both the 400m and 800m Freestyle. Although Jack was offered a spot on the Aussie Team for World SC Champs, he has chosen to stay in Australia to focus on his training leading into 2019, and the World Champs in Korea.

In addition to his gold medals, Jack is taking home the Hancock Prospecting Swimmers Swimmer Award from the Swimming Australia Awards Night. He was given this award in tandem with Emma McKeon after they received an equal numbers of votes from fellow swimmers.

Other F-Teamers with standout performances included Tommy Scupito with gold in the 100m Breaststroke, James McKechnie who won silver in the 200m Breaststroke and bronze for the 50m Breaststroke, and Travis Mahoney who scored bronze in his home town racing in the 200m IM.

Dual Paralympian Blake Cochrane also came away with a bronze medal in the 50m Breaststroke, while fellow paraswimmer Mitchell Kilduff scored two medals, silver in 400m Freestyle and bronze in 100m Butterfly.

Other F-Teamers who raced SC Nationals included Olympian Jacob Hansford, Logan Powell, Jacob Templeton, Theo Benehoutsos and Adem Ibrahim. Great job F-Teamers!

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