One of Australia’s developing swim talents, UWA West Coast star Zac Incerti, is set to miss out on Pan Pacific Championships after withdrawing from the trials with a back complaint.
The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist nearly missed out on his Gold Coast debut due to an aggravated disc, and has now made the decision with his support team to focus on returning to full fitness.
The Broome-born talent has enjoyed a mercurial rise to swimming success, first making 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.
His decision to withdraw from the Pan Pacific trials was difficult, but for a swimmer focused on longevity in the pool, it was an important one to make.
Speaking on social media, Zac outlined his decision to pull out of the trials, saying, “As some people may already know, I have been struggling with a back injury for the last few months and have made the tough decision to pull out of the Pan Pac trials.
“I want to thank my team mates and staff for their endless support with this issue and hope to be ready to go one-hundred percent for the next competition. Good luck to everyone competing (especially the WA crew.”
Fellow UWA West Coast swimmer Brianna Throssell has earned automatic selection for the Pan Pacific Championships, to be held in Tokyo in August.
The 2018 Pan Pacific Championship Trials will be held at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre from June 30 – July 4, with competing talent including Kyle Chalmers, Emily Seebohm, UWA West Coast’s Blair Evans, and UWA alumni Holly Barratt.
Graduate Officer, UWA Sport Marketing, Communication and Events