Jaylee to com­pete at na­tion­als

McMa­hon shaves six sec­onds off per­sonal best time to qual­ify

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

YOUNG su­per­fish Jaylee McMa­hon oblit­er­ated her 100m freestyle per­sonal best time to seal a pas­sage to the Na­tional Pri­mary School Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships.

Jaylee cut an as­tound­ing six sec­onds from her pre­vi­ous mark at the Pri­mary School Swim­ming State Cham­pi­onships to fin­ish the 100m in 1 minute and 12 sec­onds. What makes her per­for­mance more im­pres­sive is she started as a back­stroke spe­cial­ist.

“I guess it was the eas­i­est one for me to do but I got bet­ter at freestyle,” the Childers State School stu­dent said.

“I just started train­ing harder on freestyle with my coach.”

The 10-year-old will swim in five events at the na­tion­als, with the 50m freestyle, 4x100 med­ley, 4x100 freestyle and 4x50 freestyle set to make for a busy cam­paign.

Be­fore she makes the Novem­ber 21 trip to the South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Cen­tre event, she will con­tinue her ex­haus­tive train­ing regime at lo­cal pools.

“I swim in the morn­ings ev­ery day but Tues­day and ev­ery af­ter­noon ex­cept Fri­day,” she said.

Childers prin­ci­pal Robyn Philpott said Jaylee’s achieve­ment was sig­nif­i­cant for the school as she could be one of only three swim­mers to reach na­tion­als.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

SU­PER­FISH: Childers State School swim­mer Jaylee McMa­hon.

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