5 May, 2021
Local swimmer makes a splash at nationals
Emerald Seals swimmer Tegan Sprought recently completed at a national level.
A LOCAL young swimmer has made a splash at the Australian Age National swimming competition on the Gold Coast WHEN.
Emerald Seals member Tegan Sprought, aged 15, competed in three events, the 50m freestyle, and both the 100m and 200m butterfly.
Ms Sprought was just outside her personal best in the 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly.
Her favourite event is the 200m butterfly, in which she initially placed ninth in her heat.
During the final she improved her personal best time by two seconds and placed seventh Saturday.
“I had to make some pretty tough qualifying times, they only have three or four heats in each event, so they only allow the best swimmers nationally for each event,” she said.
Tegan’s trainer and coach Jodi Sprought said her commitment to swimming was admirable.
“She trains really hard,” she said.
“To be seventh in Australia in this event has totally exceeded our expectations,” she said.
“She’s a very dedicated swimmer and she has a passion and a drive for it.”
Emerald Seals President Belinda Guernieri said it was great to see Tegan represent a regional area such as Emerald at a national level.
“I think it’s great publicity for our club to be represented at such a high level, the highest level in Australia,” she said.
“There’s not many clubs that had any representation, so for a club that’s rural it’s a phenomenal achievement.
“We don’t have the capacity to train all year round, and a lot of swimmers at this level do, so for Tegan to achieve what she has is incredible.”
Mrs Guernieri said Tegan was an inspiration to other team members.
“Although it’s an individual sport she does train with a squad of senior swimmers and I think she inspires a lot of them to continue to grow and it makes them realise that these sort of goals are achievable.
“It’s nice to see her lead those senior swimmers and the junior club members.
“She shows a lot of dedication.”
Tegan said she looked forward to her swimming career in the future.
“The first year I made nationals I only made it for one event, last year I made two and this year I made three,” she said.
“I’m going to keep trying to improve.”