2018 AUSTRALIAN PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIP TRIALS
- Saturday, June 30th – Wednesday, July 4th
- SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Oaklands Park, South Australia
- Pan Pacs Selection Criteria
- Qualifiers from Commonwealth Games
- Meet Site
- Start List
- Live Stream
- Live Results
23-year-old Jessica Hansen was in a bit of a mental slump after not performing to her expectations at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Despite having clocked a solid time of 1:07.33 in the 100m breaststroke at her nation’s Commonwealth Trials, when it came time to perform in the final on the Gold Coast this past April, the Nunawading Swimming Club athlete produced a mark of 1:08.53 to finish 8th in her signature event.
Looking for invigoration for his athlete, as well as a change in scenery, Nunawading High Performance Coach Scott Talbot turned his sights overseas, reaching out to Indiana University Head Coach Ray Looze. The pair devised a plan where Hansen would come to Bloomington for a couple of weeks, with a corresponding Indiana athlete traveling to Victoria at some point in the future.
Hansen joined IU’s Lilly King and former-Hoosier-turned-pro Cody Miller last month for a rapid-fire training camp of sorts, where Hansen underwent a brutal aquatic education.
“It was the hardest I have ever trained especially as I just got off the plane and went straight into it with no rest to build into it,” Hansen says of her time under Looze, alongside Olympic medalists.
“It was hard work and a grind, but it was awesome and I was shown a lot of skills and my weaknesses were exposed so I know where I can improve,” Hansen said. “Communication is the way forward in swimming as we have so much to learn from people around the world.
“We shouldn’t be afraid to expose our weaknesses and put ourselves in tough situations.”
Coach Looze concurs, telling SwimSwam that Hansen’s stint at IU was indeed “really hard for her” and a lot different from what the Aussie was used to as the sole breaststroker in her squad back home. “Her kick is really good, but we worked on her pull technique.” Hansen was performing “better and better” as her time with the Americans passed.
Even just a two-week stint paid off big for Hansen, as she went on to fire off a new personal best in the 100m breaststroke while competing at this week’s Pan Pacific Trials in South Australia. Hansen took the gold in a time of 1:06.74, a time that not only dips under the 1:06.81 Pan Pacs QT, but also checks-in as a new personal best by two tenths.
Of her new PB, Hansen said, “I knew I could just go out there and attack it which is something that I have been hesitant with in the last few races that I have done.”
“It’s a relief to be on the team and know that I have got my spot. I held my nerve which helped me win the race.”