Swimmers sing to a different tune

Rising stars: Mounties swimmers Samantha Skundric and Danielle Heim. Picture: Simon Bennett
Rising stars: Mounties swimmers Samantha Skundric and Danielle Heim. Picture: Simon Bennett

There are two things you can count on with Samantha Skundric.

One, is her dedication to swimming which sees her train eight times a week as part of the Mounties Swimming Club.

The second is the 15-year-old will be singing her favourite Maroon 5 song as she does it.

“Pretty much all their songs,” she said when asked if she had a favourite.

“Anything to take my mind off going up and down the black line.”

Her quirky ritual has led to some impressive results. The Mount Pritchard resident has qualified for the  Australian Age Swimming Championships at Adelaide in April.

A regular at the state championships, she qualified for the nationals after impressing at a carnival meet which fell in the middle of what she described as “hard training.”

“I was prepared physically and mentally and I just tried to swim as fast as I can,” she said.

“I’m so excited to make the nationals. It’s a dream come true.” 

Skundric, who started training competitively when she was 12, will swim in the 200 metres individual medley at the meet. She said she enjoyed switching through the strokes instead of doing a single stroke.

As well as juggling swimming and school – which she says keeps her “motivated” –  the Freeman Catholic College student also juggles pool and open water swimming. She has also qualified for the Australian Open Water Swimming Championships where she will swim in the five-kilometre event.

Coach Blake Medhurst said: “Samantha is the first female swimmer from the club to qualify for pool nationals. A testament to her dedication and commitment.”

Skundric will joined by fellow Mounties swimmer Danielle Heim for the Open Water nationals at South Australia's Brighton Beach in January.

Heim, 15, who has been swimming before she could walk, said she enjoyed the challenges of the open water.

Her favourite strokes are breaststroke and backstroke.