Tasmanian record-breaker Mackenzie French nominated for The Examiner IGA Sports Awards

Mackenzie French is so adept in the water that she spends long stretches in the pool.

That is, between breaking long-distance state records. 

The 13-year-old set new marks at the state age long-course championships last September and broke them again in March this year.

Her talent not only lies with under-age records, but also stretches to the open women’s 800 and 1500m freestyle short-course events.

The St Patrick’s College student shocked onlookers at the Victorian distance championships last October, recording the fastest times for a 12-year-old in the 400, 800 and 1500m.

But arguably the greatest achievement was set in May when she smashed nearly 30 seconds off the long-standing 13 years’ 1500m state record.

It was her first individual Tasmanian record for the relay swimmer.

The rapid rise of improvement over the past year earns Mackenzie a nomination for The Examiner IGA Sports Award. 

SWIMMERS FOR LIFE: Standout swimming prospect Mackenzie French with her friends in the pool, Ellie Muller, Amy Muldoon and Jade Nichols, at Hobart Aquatic Centre.

SWIMMERS FOR LIFE: Standout swimming prospect Mackenzie French with her friends in the pool, Ellie Muller, Amy Muldoon and Jade Nichols, at Hobart Aquatic Centre.

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