Australia’s Jenna Strauch Swims 3 Greatest Instances in 3 Occasions at NSW States


Australian breaststroker Jenna Strauch, who trains at Bond College on the Gold Coast, swam a trio of lifetime bests on the New South Wales State Championships final weekend.

The 24-year previous cleared lifetime bests in all three breaststroke distances, profitable the 200 and ending 2nd in each the 50 and 100 meter breaststrokes in lengthy course.

Instances from the meet

  • 50: 31.16 (earlier PB: 31.77)
  • 100: 1:07.41 (earlier PB: 1:07.79)
  • 200: 2:24.49 (earlier PB: 2:24.85)

The instances, which embody a FINA “A” commonplace within the 200 breaststroke, put her in competition for spots on Australia’s Olympic Workforce within the uncommon occasions the place the Australian girls don’t have a transparent front-runner who has taken management of the scenario.

No Australian girls certified for a closing in an Olympic breaststroke race on the 2019 World Championships. Jessica Hansen positioned sixth within the non-Olympic 50 breaststroke, however didn’t advance within the 100 breaststroke (1:06.98 in semis – tenth) or 200 breaststroke (2:29.18 in prelims – twenty first). Strauch herself swam the 200 breaststroke, ending 14th in semi-finals in 2:26.65.

Hansen swam each the prelims and finals legs of the silver medley profitable 400 medley relay, together with a 1:06.08 cut up in finals.

That 1:06.0 cut up was really the second-best within the subject at that meet, however with the emergence of a slew of Italian breaststrokes, the likelihood of Russia and Yulia Efimova returning to finals, and the necessity to keep some type of proximity to American Lilly King will put some stress on that leg on the Olympic Video games.

With Kaylee McKeown, Emma McKeon, and Cate Campbell, Australia has 3 legs to a gold-medal-winning relay. They might want to discover a method to get higher on the breaststroke portion to make a severe run on the prime of the rostrum.

Strauch’s 2:24 within the 200 breaststroke, in the meantime, attracts her nearer to a person closing. She has now gone a finest time in that occasion twice within the final 4 months, after shaving .03 seconds off her finest time by way of a December swim.

Strauch isn’t letting the success to chill out her effort, nevertheless.

“Doing PBs within the pool is actually optimistic, however it’s only a steppingstone,” Strauch mentioned. “There’s a number of work to be completed going into Olympic trials.

“I really feel like coming into the Olympics, you may’t get complacent, however I really feel like I’m on the correct trajectory.

“I’m in a very good place for the time being, I appear to be getting higher and higher, however it’s a must to keep up to the mark and maintain issues in perspective.”

Strauch says that the Bond Uni group is in the course of “heavy coaching load,” so she was proud of the drops – particularly within the 50 breaststroke, with sprinting having by no means been her forte.

“I’ve been coaching rather well and have a number of confidence in what we’re doing at coaching.

“However swimming effectively now doesn’t predict the long run. I want to ensure every part is true — coaching, diet, restoration – so I can swim effectively on the Olympic trials in June.

“That’s the focus, that’s what we’re working in direction of.”

Strauch proper now’s in robust place within the 200 breaststroke, with the one swimmer near her being Taylor McKeown, who was fifth within the occasion on the 2016 Olympic Video games. McKeown hasn’t been higher than 2:27 since June of 2019, nevertheless.

Australian Breaststroke Rankings, January 1, 2019 – Current

100 breaststroke

200 breaststroke

  1. Jenna Strauch – 2:24.49 (March 19, 2021)
  2. Taylor McKeown – 2:24.95 (June 13, 2019)
  3. Abbey Harkin – 2:25.12 (April 10, 2019)
  4. Tess Wallace – 2:25.15 (June 13, 2019)
  5. Zoe Deacon – 2:27.29 (February 20, 2021)



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