UWA-West Coast proved to be the strongest team at the WA State Short Course Swimming Championships. This led to several athletes being selected to represent Western Australia in the upcoming Short Course Championship in Canberra, between 22 and 24 September.
Over 80 UWA-West Coast swimmers participated over the weekend, in a highly successful championship that saw medals and records broken in a variety of competitions.
14 year old Joshua Edwards-Smith from UWA-West Coast was a great competitor in the 200 Backstroke, with his time of 1:57:57 beating 15, 16 and 17 year old age records. Joshua is one of the 12 UWA-West Coast athletes who will join Team WA in Canberra.
UWA alumni Holly Barratt took out the 50 m women's freestyle, with Tommaso D'Orsogna from UWA-West Coast winning the men's 50m freestyle.
In the women’s 100 m freestyle, there was a strong podium finish, with Olympian Brianna Throssell winning over rising stars Jemima Horwood and Kara Broadbridge, all from UWA-West Coast.
More strong results came in the 4x100m relay, with both the men’s and women’s team winning, and both taking out the WA All Time Relay State Record, WA All Time Relay Club Record, WA Residential Relay State Record and the WA Residential Relay Club Record.
Amongst the teams were Blair Evans, Zac Incerti, and Alex Milligan, who have all recently returned from international competition representing Australia. The winning women’s team featured three Olympians alongside Jemima Horwood, which shows the depth and quality of the UWA-West Coast side.
In further good news for UWA, School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health Director of Swimming Michael Shaw has been selected as a part of the WA coaching team for the upcoming championship in Canberra.
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