Games talk put aside as Chelsea sets sights on national titles

CHELSEA Gubecka's coach James Boyce is playing it cool on her Commonwealth Games prospects ahead of next week's Australian Swimming Championships.

Gubecka is hoping to successfully defend her 1500m title at the meet, which also doubles as the trials for the Glasgow Games.

Unfortunately for Gubecka, the 1500m is not contested at the Games, with the 800m the longest event on offer.

Gubecka finished eighth in the 800m at last year's national titles and will again tackle the distance this time around.

She has experienced some stunning long distance results this year having successfully defended her national 10km open water title on Perth's Swan River.

Gubecka will compete in several events at the championships, including the 200m butterfly, 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle and 800m freestyle.

Boyce said he and Gubecka were not focused on the 15-year-old getting a seat on the plane to Scotland.

He said she was just concentrating on performing at her best.

"It's not about making the team, it's about achieving the times that we need to be hitting," he said.

"She's in good shape and there is no reason for her to be negative at the moment and she is a positive kind of kid."

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