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Jenna Strauch bio

Jenna Strauch

Age

27

Place of Birth

Bendigo, VIC

Hometown

Bendigo, Victoria

Junior Club

Bendigo East Swimming Club

Senior Club

Miami Swimming Club

Coach

Richard Scarce

Olympic History

Tokyo 2020

Paris 2024

Career Events

Swimming Women's 200m Breaststroke

 

Jenna's Story

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, the daughter of former Carlton AFL player Dean Strauch took only three years to find herself competing in the world junior championships. But she then became ill from parasites and was forced to take close to a year out of the pool.

Recovering in 2015, Jenna 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 silver in the 200m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2.23.65 behind reigning Olympic champion Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa. She also reached the finals of the 50m and 100m events.

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.

Jenna was forced to withdraw from the 2023 world championships in Fukuoka, Japan, with a knee injury.

However, on her return to the pool she picked up a slew of medals at World Cup meets before dominating breaststroke events in Australia. At the Queensland championships in December 2023, Jenna won gold in the 100m and 200m breaststroke. She repeated the performance at the NSW titles in March 2024. And at the Australian championships in April, she collected a full set of gold medals – 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke.

At the Australian Olympic trials in Brisbane in June, Jenna won the 100m breaststroke and finished second in the 200m breaststroke.

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