Abby's happy to be on deck at swim trials

Abby's happy to be on deck at swim trials

SASI swimmer Abby Duncan is lapping up the challenge of mixing it with the best athletes at the Australian Swimming Trials where the Australian team will be selected for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast from April 4-14

PRE-race day preparations and team meetings are nearly over for athletes such as Abby Duncan as they count down the minutes to the start of the Australian Swimming Trials.

Abby, 19, from the Norwood Swimming Club, is the only SASI female competing at the trials between February 28 and March 3.

She joins SASI teammates and Marion Swimming Club athletes Kyle Chalmers, Andrew Abood, Ethan Owens and Travis Mahoney at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre between April 4 and 14.

Abby's schedule looks hectic with six events nominated.

But she says she is up for the challenge and will take on whatever is needed.

''A lot of my swims are in the morning so it is hard to know how busy it will be,'' Abby said.

"I would like to make a B final but will to wait and see how we go.

''The preparation has been really good and I have had a really strong block of training and I'm loving being a part of the team.

''I've already had a look at the pool and it is amazing. I'm aiming to just go for it and to leave nothing in the tank.''

One athlete who is a role model to Abby is Commonwealth Games gold medallist Emma McKeon.

''Just the way she goes about her swimming is inspiring to me,'' Abby said.

One of Abby's career highlights was her excellent effort at the 2016 Oceania Swimming Championships in Fiji where she grabbed two individual medals, a silver in the 50m backstroke and bronze in the 50m butterfly.

At this stage Abby plans to compete at the Games' selection trials in the 50m and 100m backstroke, 50m and 100m butterfly, 50m freestyle and 200m Individual Medley.

SASI Swimming Head Coach Peter Bishop said the team was eager to get the event under way.

''Everyone's pretty fit and ready to perform,'' Bishop said.

''It was really warm and about 80 per cent humidity when we arrived but the pool looks great.

''We're all looking forward to the competition.''

Athletes are not only vying for a berth on the Australian team for the Commonwealth Games in April, but also to qualify for selection on the national team for the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo, Japan, between August 23 and 28.

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