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Adelaide teen making waves at the
Australian Short Course Swimming Championships
Posted 6 Nov 2014, 10:54amThu 6 Nov 2014, 10:54am
As Australia’s fastest swimmers compete in the Australian Short Course Championships in Adelaide this week, 16-year-old Chloe Pate is fighting back the nerves and enjoying her open-age national debut.
It is the first time the the young Henley Beach athlete from the Marion Swimming Club has been able to race in the adult category.
Ms Pate qualified for the 400-metre individual medley event with a time of 4:59.10 and although her time was some 20 seconds shy of title holder and fellow competitor, Aisling Scott, she could not wait to compete.
“I was really nervous, but it was great to compete against some of Australia’s best,” she said from the poolside of the South Australian Aquatic Centre.
“It was a little daunting, because everyone got quite [far] ahead … but it was a great experience.”
Armed with a race plan of sticking to her own pace, Ms Pate said she was pleased with her control of pre-race nerves and gained valuable experience after she hit the water.
“Seeing people a little far ahead put me off a little, but I tried to stick to my race plan as best as possible” she said.
Ms Pate finished a few seconds out of her personal best with 5:04.58 and was pleased with her opening laps.
“I did a good front half of the race, which is better than I have done before,” she said.
Ms Pate’s brother, Rian, will also compete at the championships and her sister Lauren is a talented state-level swimmer.
My ultimate dream is to one day represent Australia. Chloe Pate
“There’s a little bit of rivalry between [our swimming] times,” Ms Pate said.
Nerves now settled, Ms Pate is looking forward to her second event, the 200-metre individual medley on Saturday morning.
“I know what to fix now to make that a better race.”
With her greatest strength being in breast stroke, Ms Pate is hoping she can pace her 200-metre event better than her 400-metre and finish strongly.
“I definitely have more confidence for the 200 and I know what I need to do and what I need to correct from the 400-metre medley, so it should be a good race.”
She hopes to achieve a new personal best in the 200 metres, but will be more than pleased in just being able to experience the race.
“I still have the goal of making national age finals and hopefully getting a medal, and my ultimate dream is to one day represent Australia.”
The 2014 Australian Short Course Championships are being held at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Marion from November 5 to 9, 2014.
After fantastic results from the swimming carnival, Lauren, Chloe and Rian all winning their Individual Age Groups the family was a part of 34 students team that participated in the A grade Inter School Swimming at the Marion Aquatic Centre on the 5th of March. Rian’s performance on the night was a highlight with him breaking his own 50 metre freestyle record. Last year he swam 24.46 seconds setting a new record. This year he swam another fantastic race, swimming 23.87 seconds breaking his old record and swimming a personal best time.
We would like to acknowledge the Pate’s Family contribution to our swimming program and look forward to their future involvement in representing our school.