Powering into team

SUNSHINE Coast product Melanie Schlanger last night brushed aside recent injury woes to claim a berth at the Commonwealth Games.

The 27-year-old withdrew from the 200m freestyle final on Tuesday night with rib complaints, but she bounced back with a courageous effort in the 50m freestyle.

Schlanger finished third in an A-qualifying time of 24.82 seconds to claim her spot in the national team.

The event was won by Cate Campbell (24.18), with Bronte Campbell second (24.60).

A two-time Olympic gold medallist (4x200m free in 2008 and 4x100m free in 2012), Schlanger has been plagued by shoulder and rib problems for the past 18 months. But she can now savour another international campaign.

"I've done a lot in my career and have experienced some fantastic highs and difficult lows," she said. "Just two months ago a recurring rib injury forced me to decide between quitting the sport or finding a way to swim on.

"Thanks to a fantastic support team, I managed to nurse my body through and train well enough to line up at this week's trials.

"Over the past two nights, at the ripe old age of 27, I have been able to swim a personal best in the 50 free and secure a spot on the Australian team."

Schlanger will most likely join fellow Coast product and Olympic gold medallist Brittany Elmslie in Glasgow.

Elmslie on Tuesday night finished third in the 200m freestyle which should see her selected in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

Meanwhile, Sunshine Coast product Jake Packard and Caloundra's Tessa Wallace just missed berths in the national team.


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