Several UWA student athletes and UWA West Coast swimmers will challenge for a place in the Australian Commonwealth Games this week (28/2) as they square off in the 2018 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Trials on the Gold Coast.
One of UWA’s newest students, Tamsin Cook, will compete in the women’s 400 LC metre freestyle. The 19-year-old Olympic silver medallist took an extended break from swimming during 2017, yet is seeded an entire six seconds faster than the qualifying time.
Fellow UWA student Alex Milligan will be looking to make his breakthrough into the Australian squad. The 2016 UWA Sports Star of the Year is currently seeded fifth in the men’s 200 LC metre breaststroke, with an outside chance in the 100m and 50m breaststroke.
One of the strongest chances from a UWA athlete is alumni Holly Barratt, who is seeded second in three of the events she will be competing in. The 30-year-old has gone from strength to strength after becoming Australia’s oldest rookie last year. A chance to compete for Australia would be the ultimate icing on the cake for the Rockingham swimmer, who continues to defy expectations.
Also looking good is 21-year-old Zac Incerti. Zac first made a name for himself by earning a spot on the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team alongside household names Kyle Chalmers and Cameron McEvoy, with fellow rising star Jack Cartwright.
Meanwhile, UWA West Coast swimmer Blair Evans sits atop the seeded time for women’s 400 LC metre individual medley, an event she has come to dominate in recent years.
Blair will join a range of other UWA West Coast swimmers for the trials. Alongside the aforementioned swimmers, Hadley Lindsay, Jemima Horwood, Lennard Bremer, Liam Smith, Nicholas Brown, Brianna Throssell, Christopher Paunich, Ashton Brinkworth, Tommaso D’Orsogna, Kara Broadbridge, and Robert Bonsall will all also compete on the Gold Coast.
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