Senior and squad smash long-held national record

GOLDEN GIRL: Hard work pays off for Wagga's Abbey Senior, 10, who claimed gold in the medley relay at the National Championships in Darwin on Friday. Her team is also tipped to win the 4x50m relay later on in the week.

GOLDEN GIRL: Hard work pays off for Wagga's Abbey Senior, 10, who claimed gold in the medley relay at the National Championships in Darwin on Friday. Her team is also tipped to win the 4x50m relay later on in the week.

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.

Results

Gold: Medley relay

Silver: 100m backstroke 

Silver: 100m individual medley

Fourth: 50m freestyle

Still to come: All-age relay, 4x50m freestyle

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