Wagga’s pocket-rocket in the pool Abbey Senior, 10, will return from the National Championships with at least one gold medal around her neck.
Senior won gold in the medley relay, swimming freestyle in the final leg to bring it home for NSW.
It was her first encounter with fellow gold-medalists Ellie Beck, Ella Zhang and Hayley Johnston; a lethal combination.
The girls broke a long-standing record, held since 1988.
Since the South Wagga Public School student flew to Darwin on Wednesday, she has achieved one personal best after the next and picked up a swag of medals in the 11 years’ division.
Thriving in a competitive domain, Senior knocked four seconds off her 200m individual medley PB, and seven seconds off her 100m backstroke PB to claim silver in both events.
In the lead up to nationals, Senior has capitalised on quality coaching, travelling to Canberra for two training sessions per week, and training most day in Wagga.
She’s also a keen tennis player, but will give up the racket to pursue her swimming more seriously.
Gold: Medley relay
Silver: 100m backstroke
Silver: 100m individual medley
Fourth: 50m freestyle
Still to come: All-age relay, 4x50m freestyle