Jacob has the power
JACOB POWER won two gold medals and was named swimmer of the meet at the NSW Swimming Country Championships at the weekend – and his coach reckons he can go even faster.
Power, 20, swam personal best times in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke finals at the Sydney Aquatic Centre, breaking the Far North Coast record with gold in the two longer events, and finishing just .04 of a second off the pace in the sprint.
Power’s coach, Ken Malcolm, of Trinity Lismore Swim Club, revealed that his charge was below 100 per cent leading into the meet.
“I have only had Jacob back in full training for about five weeks,” Malcolm said.
“Prior to that he spent two months just doing kick training while we rested his shoulder.”
Power, like many other young swimmers, was suffering from repetition injuries in his right shoulder.
“It is nothing too serious, but enough to cost you a bit of time.”
Malcolm is doing his best to find a balance between keeping his man in top shape without inflaming the shoulder ahead of the Commonwealth Games trials.
Power’s impressive haul of two gold and one silver medal has him qualified for those trials which will be held in Sydney between March 16 and 22. With any luck the coach is confident that Power can shave more time of his personal bests and put himself in line to represent his country in Delhi come October.
“I think he can take another second of his 100m time and possibly two off his 200m time,” Malcolm said.
Power will need to be at his peak and beyond if he is to qualify for Delhi, with Australian world record holders Brenton Rickard (100m) and Christian Springer (200m) sure to be included in the hot fields.
A relative youngster at 20, Power has his sights set on breaking onto the world scene by the 2014 Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow, Scotland.
Power’s club mates Sam Cook, 17, and Adam MacNamarra, 15, will also swim at the Commonwealth Games trials later this month.