Tessa Wallace finished fourth in last night’s 200m breaststroke final at the Australian Swimming Championships.
Tessa Wallace finished fourth in last night’s 200m breaststroke final at the Australian Swimming Championships. Quinn Rooney

Tessa perseveres despite injuries

THE Australian Swimming Championships have been mentally and physically exhausting for Commonwealth Games silver medallist Tessa Wallace.

The 17-year-old, who finished fourth in last night's 200m breaststroke final, has battled injury and a hectic schedule during a taxing eight-day campaign.

“I've definitely picked up some events this year and made it a lot harder for myself but it's good to have a mix of events and to try something new,” she said.

Wallace withdrew from last night's 50m butterfly race to ensure she was relatively fresh for her pet event, the 200m breaststroke.

She clocked 2 minutes 30.57 seconds, six seconds behind victor Sally Foster.

On Saturday, Wallace just missed a berth in the Australian squad for the world championships when she finished third in the 200m individual medley.

“I was really happy with my medley swim because it was a big personal best time for me. I've also done a few PBs in some of the other events,” she said, despite battling injury during the meeting.

“When you're in a race you don't notice it but mentally it (injury) affects you in the warm-up. I'm trying everything I can to forget about it.”

And she remained optimistic.

“I've definitely had some problems with my hips and knee and it's been a struggle trying to manage it all through this meet but I'm going to focus coming out of this and will get on top of it to get a good season of training in,” she said.

Wallace is among nine Sunshine Coast swimmers at Sydney.

Samantha Hamill just missed out on a place in the Australian squad when she finished third in the 200m butterfly final on Tuesday.


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