ROOMMATES STEP UP ON ROAD TO TOKYO
THEY were roommates at the 2019 junior world swimming championships and now schoolgirls Lizzy Dekkers and Mollie O’Callaghan find themselves linked again on a journey toward the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Butterfly ace Dekkers, 16, and freestyle-backstroke devotee O’Callaghan, 17, are entered in the Australian swimming championships starting tomorrow at Southport.
Dekkers, from the Newmarket Racers club, is coming off a 200m butterfly time of 2.07.82, which was achieved at the All Age nationals that finished yesterday. If the All Hallows’ School student repeats that time at either the nationals or the Olympic trials, she is an almost certain selection in the Australian team.
O’Callaghan, from St Peters Western, is competing in both the hotly contested 100m freestyle and her first love, backstroke, where she will race in the 50m, 100m and 200m.
“I have raced at an open national meets before, but this will be my first open nationals (long course),’’ O’Callaghan said.
“It will be a good experience to see where I sit among the older girls.’’