Olympic Silver Medalist Tamsin Cook Opts Out Of Aussie Nationals

Teenage talent Tamsin Cook of Australia has decided to take herself out of contention for a possible spot on her nation’s 2017 World Championships roster. The 18-year-old Carine swimmer is withdrawing from April’s Australian Swimming Championships, one of the primary qualification criteria for making the squad for Budapest, deciding to go on a swimming hiatus.

“I’ve made the really tough decision to withdraw from Nationals and take a bit of a break from swimming,” she said. “I didn’t feel like I could perform to the standard required and rather than push through and hope for the best, I’ve decided to take a mini-break and come back refreshed and refocused.”

The 2016 Western Australian Sports Star nominee will be taking a 2-month break from both training and competition, giving her a chance to re-energize physically and mentally, while also focusing on her studies. At just 17 years of age in Rio, Cook was the youngest Australian Olympian and came away with a silver medal as part of the Australian women’s 4x200m freestyle relay.

Cook will aim to kick-off her Commonwealth Games qualifying campaign at the Mare Nostrum series later this year.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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