Andrew McLean was so close to bringing home a medal at the national swimming championships.
Andrew McLean was so close to bringing home a medal at the national swimming championships. Brenda Strong GLASWIM

Andrew gives it everything

ANDREW McLean came heartbreakingly close to bringing home a medal after representing his state for the first time.

Selected in the Queensland School Sport swimming and diving team to swim the 50m and 100m butterfly at the national championships, Andrew made the finals of both events.

But the 16-year-old fell just short of a medal, placing sixth in the 50m final and fourth in the 100m final.

After falling sick in the lead-up to the event, Andrew was happy with his performance against the country's toughest competitors.

"I did expect to swim faster and I was disappointed when I didn't PB or win a medal. However, my technique felt immaculate," he said.

"It's hard not to put immense pressure on yourself after winning a Queensland medal. However, putting it in perspective, I have to think I did come fourth - that's fourth in Australia."

Andrew said he was up against the best of the best.

"The competition was strong, as only the top three from each state competed," he said.

Andrew said the atmosphere at Sydney's Olympic Park was electric, as hundreds of spectators looked on.

"They showed snippets from the Olympics on the big screen, which was uplifting," he said.

"Each state would roar for their fellow team members as they swam in the finals.

"Sitting around the Olympic flame from the Sydney Olympics at Olympic Park was memorable."

When he arrives home tomorrow night there will be no time for rest, with plenty of homework to catch up on and training resuming on Monday, for another carnival in Brisbane in the next month.

"I think the carnival just inspired me to train harder and be more determined to keep on improving," he said.



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