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Short Course Round Up

8 November 2016

 2016 Australian Short Course Championships

2016 Australian Short Course Championships were on last week in Brisbane with plenty of short, sharp and fast racing. 22 F-Teamers raced, including Olympians Travis Mahoney, Jack McLoughlin and Jacob Hansford, and all nine of our Paralympians. Also making an appearance was 2012 Olympian Jayden Hadler, who has been tapering for the last 6 months.

The competition was the qualifying meet for the 2016 World Short Course Championships that will be held in Windsor, Canada starting December 6th. Victorian swimmer Jack Gerrard was keen to make his first Australian team and had a busy schedule with five events on his list: the 50m, 100m and 200m free, 100m back and 100m IM. After placing fourth in both the 100m free (47.99) and 200m free (1:44.57), Jack snagged gold in the 100m IM. Jack's efforts earned him a spot on the Australian team and he couldn't be happier!

Sydney-based swimmer Tomas Elliott grabbed silver in the 200m IM (1:57.27) and Jack McLoughlin came in fourth in the 1500m free with up-and-comer Nathan Robinson hot on his heels in fifth place.

Returning from the Rio Paralympics, F-Teamers Braedan Jason, Sean Russo, Blake Cochrane and Ahmed Kelly all medalled in a number of events. Joining them was Mitchell Kilduff who collected multiple gold in the Multi-Class 50m free and 100m fly and silver in the 100m and 400m free and 200m IM.

Perhaps the biggest news of the meet wasn't the return of the Rio Olympians or Paralympians but the fact that Jayden Hadler made a return to competitive racing! The revelation sent shock waves throughout the swimming community, with most assuming Jayden was on pool deck for a catch-up or to strut his stuff for a modelling assignment for Funky Trunks. Little did they know, Jayden had been fine-tuning his 100m fly through a series of races against the seven and eight-year-old swimmers he coaches.

While Jayden's 100m fly effort didn't exactly earn him the spot on the podium that he deserved, it reignited the competitive spark within him - we wonder where he will pop up next?!

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