Event: 200m breaststroke
Olympic History: Tokyo 2020
Highlights: Making semi-finals at the 2019 World Championships
Club: Bond University
Year Born: 1997
State Born: VIC
Bendigo’s Jenna Strauch has come of age in recent years as a world-class breaststroker, fulfilling the promise she showed right from her earliest years in the pool.
After taking up swimming at the age of 12, primarily as a way of having fun with her friends, Jenna took only three years to find herself competing in the world junior championships. But she was then became ill from parasites and was forced to take close to a year out of the pool. Recovering in 2015, she made the move from her hometown to train on the Gold Coast under Richard Scarce at Miami and under his guidance she forced her way into the Dolphins side for the world short course titles in China in 2018.
A year later she secured her first national title in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2min.24.88sec and was selected for the Gwangju world championships where she made it through to the semi-finals. At the Olympic trials in Adelaide she swam “tough’, holding herself together after placing third in the 100m breaststroke, to dominate the 200m breaststroke, recording a personal best time of 2.23.18. In her Olympic debut in Tokyo, she qualified as 10th fastest in the world.
With each outing, Jenna was learning her craft, with the major breakthrough coming at the Budapest world championships in 2022 when she collected the first individual medal of her career, a silver in the 200m breaststroke. She also claimed a silver for her role in the 4x100m medley relay. A few weeks later, she again featured on the podium, winning the silver in 2.23.65 behind reigning Olympic champion Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa. She then rounded off a highly successful year by claiming gold and silver in the 4x50m medley and 4x100m medley relays at the world short course titles in Melbourne.