Country's stars take the blocks at Australian swim titles

SASI's star-studded athletes are ready to shine at next week's Australian Swimming Championships at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre

Brit Elmslie

MOST of Australia's top swimmers will showcase their talents and finetune their techniques at the Australian Swimming Championships at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre from April 7-12.

SASI's team which includes elite athletes Travis Mahoney, Madi Wilson, Brittany Elmslie, James McKechine and Kyle Chalmers, under head coach Peter Bishop, will be joined by other SASI scholars Bethan Mounfield, Jesse Aungles, Emily White, Emilie Muir and Brittany Castelluzzo.

Each SASI member has a strong book of events with most of the elite team seeded highly in their respective events. Mounfield is seeded number one in the 400m free for girls aged between 17 and 20.

For several of the SASI team the titles will continue their ''big-picture'' training to peak for the Australian Swimming Trials in Brisbane between June 9 and 14. Those trials will then form the Australian team which will compete at the FINA Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, between July 12-28.

One of SASI's high-profile inclusions is 24-year-old Olympic gold medallist Brittany Elmslie who joined the program 12 months ago looking for a fresh start and to revitalise her health and career.

"I have loved my time in Adelaide," Elmslie said.

"It is a simpler lifestyle and one that I can use to refresh myself and my approach.

"Last year I went through a lot of change and learning a lot of new things.

"For these titles it is a matter of finetuning and a chance to race against the best girls in Australia.

"Everything I am doing is heading towards the June trials. I want to be at my best then and to continue to compete well. From now until then it is a case of managing the work loads, especially as you get older.''

The Australian age events will be held at the same venue between April 12 and 21.

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