Jenna Strauch (swimming) made her Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham where she won silver in 200m breaststroke behind Olympic champion and world recordholder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa. She also reached the final of the 50m and 100m events.
Originally from Bendigo, the daughter of former Carlton AFL player Dean Strauch was a promising junior swimmer, representing Australia at the 2013 Junior World Championships. However, she was struck down by illness at the event, prompting a break from swimming for two years before moving to Queensland to study biomedical science and joining Richard Scarce at Bond University. She followed her coach to Miami in 2022.
Jenna made her senior team debut at the 2018 world short course titles in China before claiming her first Australian title in the 200m breaststroke in 2019. A personal best in her pet event at the Olympic selection trials in 2021 saw Strauch book her ticket to Tokyo where she missed the final by one place.
Jenna also won silver in the 200m breaststroke at the Budapest 2022 world championships just five weeks before the Birmingham Games.
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