Bond swimmers chasing records

May 24, 2019
Jenna Strauch

Jenna Strauch broke records in three consecutive races at the UniSport National swimming championships, leading Bond University to the women’s pennant in Sydney earlier this month.

The Bond University breaststroker claimed the 50, 100 and 200 metre titles in record times and is in career-best form ahead of the world trials in June.

“I’m stoked with the results, it is a great time to be swimming well with world trials and Olympic trials coming up,” Strauch said.

“It is great for the confidence heading into these big meets.

“It was nice to get some records for Bond because the University has given me so much.

“I’m on a scholarship and just finished my degree so it was really nice to have my final Uni Games have such great results and leave my mark and for Bond University as well.

“It is such a great team to be in and you want to do well for everyone else, from the swimmers to the coaches.”

The 22-year-old claimed the national 200m title with a massive two second personal best at the Australian Championships last month.

“It was the biggest PB I’ve done in an event for five or six years and to be able to be a national champion, it was awesome,” she said.

“I’ve been waiting for it to happen for a while, and everything came together. It felt good and quick, but I had no idea it was going to be that quick, it was a nice surprise.

“Olympics is obviously the main goal and all of this is small stepping stones to getting there and it looks like we are heading in the right direction.”

Strauch will compete at the world trials in Brisbane in June before graduating from her Biomedical Science degree the following day.

Strauch was not the only Bondy to be instrumental in re-writing the UniSport swimming record book at the UniSport Nationals.

Bond’s Elijah Winnington clocked a seven second personal-best to out-sprint Commonwealth Games 1500m gold medallist, Jack McLoughlin from Queensland University of Technology to clock a UniSport record of 7:55:75 in the men’s 800m freestyle.