Super Sarah - Tweed speedster cleans up at national titles
By HUGH KEARNEY
TWEED swimmer Sarah Marsden has again stamped herself as a star of the future with a triple gold medal performance at the National Age Swimming Championships last week in Sydney.
The 16-year-old won individual gold in the 100-metre breaststroke and 50-metre free- style events, both of which she has now won three times in succession in her age division.
Marsden's third gold came as a member of the NSW 15-18 years 4X50 freestyle relay team which also included Kingscliff swimmer Katie Brennan.
But perhaps the biggest medal surprise of the meeting for the talented teenager was a bronze in the 200-metre breast- stroke, an event Marsden openly admits she doesn't like.
"I don't train for it, but it was the very last event so I thought I'd go in for a bit of fun," Marsden said.
Unexpectedly, Marsden made the final but was in seventh place at the final turn trailing the leader by four seconds. At the final touch she was just one second behind the winner, having made up an incredible three seconds in the final 50 metres.
"When I looked up at the board, I was in absolute shock.
"I was thinking, I could have won if I had taken it a bit seriously," Marsden said.
Marsden's coach at Banora Point, Andrew Hunter said he was ecstatic at his young swimmer's performance.
"Sarah was the fastest breaststroker at the meeting, faster than the 18-year-olds. She was outstanding," Hunter said.
Following the meeting Marsden was named in the Australian Youth All Stars squad, identified for her talent as a breaststroker. Selection in the squad means she will now be watched as a future national level swimmer.