Katerina Kostakos


Over the weekend, Monash University's 14 talented swimmers made a huge impact at the Uni Nationals in Sydney, ranking 8th out of 22 universities overall and becoming the top Victorian team to compete.

Among the standout performers were Olivia Lefoe, who won three gold medals in the 50m, 100m, and 200m backstroke events.

Nicholas Layton, set new records with his unbeatable times in the 50m backstroke and 100m butterfly events, in addition to winning gold in the 100m multi-class butterfly and 50m freestyle events. 

Another Monash swimmer, Flynn Phillips, brought home a bronze medal in the 1500m freestyle.

Despite his impressive individual accomplishments, Nick emphasised the importance of being part of a supportive team as a deaf athlete.

“It means more to be in a team where I feel included and supported as a deaf athlete and a first year student,” he says.

Both Nick and Olivia expressed pride in representing Monash University and appreciated the opportunities it provided, particularly the chance to connect with teammates at the Nationals and uplift each other.

“I was happy to be wearing the Monash cap for the weekend and I look forward to putting it back on in the future.” Nick says.

“It is always such a proud feeling representing such a prestigious University.” Olivia adds.

“I really enjoy competing for Monash as it is such an achievement to not only attend Monash but to embrace the great opportunities such as Uni Nationals.”

Olivia emphasised the team's instant connection and support for one another as a highlight of the trip.

“We all had each other's back and were always there to support and uplift each other and that definitely made the trip a whole lot better.” says Olivia.

“My highlight was definitely getting to know everyone on the team and how connected the team was pretty much instantly.”

We are so proud of all our student athletes who gave it their best shot at Nationals this year and look forward to seeing them in the pool again!

To check out all the photos from the event click here.