The Hancock Prospecting Western Australian Swimming Championships took place over the weekend (19-21 January), with swimmers from 26 clubs competing across 40 events.
215 of the best WA swimmers were competing for a chance to qualify for the national swimming championships in the Gold Coast next month.
Many of the big names from UWA-West Coast found their stride, including Olympians Brianna Throssell, Blair Evans, and student Nicholas Brown. In total, UWA-West Coast put forward 41 swimmers across all competition during the tournament.
Nicholas Brown and Brianna Throssell both won their 100m and 200m Butterfly finals, with Brianna also taking home the 100m and 200m Freestyle finals. The men’s 100m and 200m Freestyle races were also won by UWA swimmers, with Tommaso D'Orsogna and Zac Incerti winning respectively.
It was a strong night for Blair Evans, who won the 200m and 400m individual medley, as well as the 200m Breaststroke. Evans also finished just behind Brianna Throssell in the 200m Freestyle.
As well as taking a range of silver and bronze medals, UWA-West Coast took out both the Freestyle and medley relays.
Of particular note was the men’s 4x 100m Freestyle, where the team of Josh Edwards Smith, Tommaso D’Orsogna, Alex Milligan and Christopher Paunich broke a 13 year old state record with a time of 3:26:24.
The women’s 4x 100m Freestyle was also strong, with Emma Bond, Hadley Lindsay, Jemima Horwood and Kara Broadbridge breaking a State all-comers record from 1995 with a time of 3:51.12.
The next challenge for UWA swimmers will be the Australian Swimming Trials, just five weeks before the Commonwealth Games. The Trials will be held in the same pool as the Games, with some of the biggest names in Australian swimming, including Cam McEvoy, Mack Horton, Cate Campbell, and Ellie Cole.
Graduate Officer, UWA Sport Marketing, Communication, and Events