UWA star at the 2017 Hancock Prospecting Open Swimming Championships
The final days of competition at the 2017 Hancock Prospecting Open Swimming Championships saw UWA West Coast dominate in the pool ahead of a tough finals series at Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Brisbane, QLD.
2016 UWA Sports star of the year, UWA Student and UWA West Coast member Alex Milligan is sitting in pole position for a place on the 2017 Summer Universiade (World University Games) Team after a successful competition in Brisbane last week.
Alex and fellow club member Lenny Bremer both qualified for the 200m Breaststroke final, finishing fourth and seventh respectively, before once again going head to head in the 50m Breaststroke B-final.
Milligan lined up as the first reserve in the 100m Breaststroke A-final but raced in the B-final and won silver in a time of 1:02.59.
UWA West Coasts Blair Evans has come away with gold in the 200m individual medley and silver in the 400m individual medley, while fellow club member Brianna Throssell won silver in the 200m Butterfly with a time of 2:08.03.
Hadley Lindsay came 6th place in the 200m Individual Medley B-final with a time of 2.19.45, but missed out on a place in the A-final of the Women’s 50m Freestyle. She raced instead as the fastest qualifier in the B-final narrowly missing out on a podium finish with a time of 26.49.
The prestigious Women's 50m Freestyle A-final saw UWA Alumni Holly Barret come in with a time of 25.08 to place fifth, solidifying her position as the oldest rookie on the Australian Dolphins squad for World Championships.
The Men's Open 400m Medley relay featured UWA West Coasts Awesome Foursome, Zac Inserti (Backstroke), Lenny Bremer (Breastroke), Chris Paunich (Butterfly) & Alex Milligan(Freestyle). The boys fought a tough race and finished seventh in a time of 3:47.12.
UWA West Coast young gun Zac Incerti won silver in the 100m backstroke behind Olympian Mitch Larkin, making him a chance for selection on the World Championships team to compete in Hungary later this year. But a surprise 4th place result in the 100m Freestyle with a time of 25.44 guaranteed Zac a place, joining fellow WA Swimmer and UWA Alumni Holly Barratt, and club mate Brianna Throssell as one of three West Australians to join the side.
It is a Dolphins team made up of 19 members of last year’s Rio Olympic team, including individual gold medallists Mack Horton (400m freestyle) and Kyle Chalmers (100m freestyle) with11 new faces including UWA West Coasts Zac Incerti.
Swimming powerhouse Queensland heads the list of swimmers with 21, followed by five from Victoria, three from WA and one each from SA and NSW.
Rockingham rookie Holly Barratt is the oldest on the team at 29, while Kaylee McKeown at 15 is the youngest in a team with an average age of 21.
UWA West Coast now turn their attention to the National Age Championships with a 42 strong team of young competitors making up the largest team of any club in Australia. UWA West Coast expect to make a top 10 national finish at the competition.
Congratulations to all the competitors and support staff including Steve Hill who represented Western Australia in an official capacity at the meet.
For the fill list of results visit https://www.swimming.org.au/Past-event-resources.aspx
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