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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Loretta Race

Loretta grew up outside Toledo, OH, where she swam age group and high school. Graduating from Xavier University, she stayed in the Cincinnati, OH area and currently resides just outside the city in Northern KY.  Loretta got back into the sport of swimming via Masters and now competes and is …

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