Tocumwal’s Sascha Jones has been making a splash in the pool, collecting a few medals on her way to the Pacific School Games to be held in December.
Sascha’s medal wins began in August when she won the gold medal in the 14 year-old 100m backstroke at the Victorian State Age Swimming Championships in Melbourne.
The avid swimmer qualified fastest in the heats, staying on top in the final race with a time of 1:03.65 min.
She also made the finals in the 200m backstroke event finishing eighth (2:24.37) and also finishing sixth in the 50 metre freestyle (27.57 secs) at the same event.
Sascha said she was shocked to see she’d won her final race.
‘‘I ranked well among the other competitors but I wasn’t expecting to win; it was a very close finish,’’ she said.
At the Pacific School Games she will compete in the 50m backstroke, 4x50m medley team relay, 4x50m freestyle relay and 10x50m freestyle relay.
Sascha said she’s excited about the upcoming swimming meet in Adelaide.
‘‘I’m looking forward to it; I’m so grateful for the opportunity,’’ she said.
‘‘The main thing to work on for Pacific School Games is my stroke; I have long arms and legs which helps me in the pool.’’
Sascha has been swimming since she was eight years old and focuses her training on backstroke.
‘‘I love that I can meet new people when I swim (at these events),’’ she said.
‘‘I also love that I can challenge myself when I dive into the pool and the competitiveness of swimming.’’
Sascha is registered with the Shepparton Swimming Club but trains in Barooga five days per week.
Swimming coach Liz Brooke said Sascha’s recent success is a testament to her training.
‘‘Her training has been really good, she’s put in a lot of effort,’’ Brooke said.
‘‘Sascha can do a bit of everything but her strongest stroke is backstroke.’’
Sascha also competed at the Victorian Open Short Course Championships in the open age group category last month.
At the event Sascha won gold in the 14/15 year 100m backstroke and silver in the 14/15 year 100m freestyle events.
The Pacific School Games will be held in Adelaide from Sunday, December 3 to Saturday, December 9.