Our smiling assassin Schlanger has point to prove
DO not let Melanie Schlanger's smile fool you.
Coach Glenn Baker says she is still seething over her Commonwealth Games snubbing and will use this week's Pan Pacific Championships to "prove a point" to Swimming Australia selectors.
Schlanger has been searching for answers since her controversial omission from Australia's 4x200m line-up in Glasgow.
That decision cost her a gold medal.
"I don't think they (Swimming Australia) have heard the last of it," Baker said.
"She is waiting for Pan Pacs to be over and wants a few answers."
At the time of her exclusion, the 27-year-old added fuel to the fire by taking to Twitter to air her disappointment, and her parents accused officials of leaving their daughter out of the team because of a rift with Swimming Australia team leader Michael Scott.
Schlanger spoke with Scott and head coach Jacco Verhaeren about the decision before complaining to Swimming Australia chief Mark Anderson.
"She was pretty upset and understandably so," Baker said.
Schlanger - who had recorded the third-fastest 200m time by an Australian this year and was a member of the 4x100m relay team that won gold in a world record time in Glasgow - swam the individual 200m heats before being cut from the relay final, with officials opting for teammate Alicia Coutts.
Coutts recording the slowest split time of the team in the final.
Baker said Schlanger's gaping wounds of disillusionment were yet to heal.
"She is still hurting," he said.
"SHE wants to prove a point and I hope it works out for her."
First, however, she must shake off the early symptoms of the debilitating flu sweeping through much of Queensland.
Baker said the virus had half his squad bedridden.
"She is at the start of it with the niggle in the throat and some sore muscles," he said, "but she's not too worried about it."
Schlanger will contest the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle at the Gold Coast event.
Baker said she could claim an individual medal in each of those events.
"She is really looking forward to the 200 after not being put into that relay," Baker said.
"It would be nice for her to get a good individual swim, which is what she could have done in Glasgow because she was in really good form."
The Pan Pacific Championships start today.