The 2018 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Trials saw four UWA-linked athletes join the Australian swim team for the Commonwealth Games.
UWA-West Coast swimmers Blair Evans, Brianna Throssell, and Zac Incerti all made the squad, as did UWA alumni Holly Barratt.
It was a strong event for Blair Evans as she relished in her preferred Individual Medley category. Blair took out gold in both the 200m and 400m races, repeating her success in the state swimming championships in January.
Brianna Throssell also found herself on the podium, taking silver and bronze respectively in the 100m and 200m butterfly. She also narrowly missed a podium place in the 100m freestyle where she finished fourth.
Zac Incerti also struck gold on the last day of the tournament, with a clear win in the 50m backstroke. Originally from Broome, Zac took up competitive swimming at UWA-West Coast at age 18 and hasn’t looked back since.
With the youngest athlete selected just 16, UWA alumni Holly Barratt sits at the opposite end of the spectrum, Australia’s oldest swimmer at 30. Holly finished with silver in the 50m backstroke to make her way to the Commonwealth Games.
The Rockingham swimmer previously represented UWA at the World University Games and was named 2015 UWA Sports Star of the Year.
Elsewhere, many UWA athletes pushed their own boundaries to make finals in their events.
Young duo Jemima Horwood and Kara Broadbridge both made the 50m freestyle final, beating out many more experienced swimmers, and found themselves up against Commonwealth record holder Cate Campbell.
UWA student athlete Alex Milligan fell short in the 200m breaststroke, with a time of 2:12.25 keeping him out of the top three by one place. Fellow student athlete Tamsin Cook won her heat with ease, but did not post a fast enough time to make the finals.
UWA Sport congratulates all UWA swimmers for their contributions during the trials, and wishes the best of luck to our four athletes competing in April.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast from April 4-15, with 18 sports represented including swimming, triathlon, table tennis, netball, hockey, Rugby Sevens and weightlifting.
Graduate Officer, UWA Sport Marketing, Communication and Events