Now for the medley says Alicia Coutts who eyes off second chance
9 April 2016
SWIMMING: Super Saturday got off to a sensational start at the SA Aquatic Leisure Centre in Adelaide on Day 3 of the 2016 Australian Swimming Championships, with two-time Olympian Alicia Coutts among the stars back in action this morning in the heats of the 200m Individual Medley.
After narrowly missing an Olympic spot in last night’s 100m Butterfly, Coutts looked comfortable, topping the semi-final qualifiers in 2:13.62.
Tonight’s semi-final action will be part of a much-anticipated set of finals featuring the women’s 100m breaststroke, the men’s and women’s 100m backstroke and the men’s 200m freestyle.
And after missing the team last night, Coutts, the silver medallist in this event at the last Olympics in London, will be looking to maintain her form in tonight’s semi-final before making her play for a top two finish in tomorrow’s final.
“I have been training for this event,” Coutts said.
“I was happy with my swim last night, it’s the fastest I have been in three years but obviously I was disappointed to be so close.
“It would have been nice to go into my main event without the pressure and already being on the team. But I am here to focus on this event. This is the one I have been really working on.”
After withdrawing from last night’s 400m Freestyle final, Olympian Bronte Barratt was fresh for the 200m Freestyle heats, qualifying fastest in 1:57.86.
Defending Australian Champion Emma McKeon showed no signs of fatigue in her heat, clocking 1:57.89.
The 21-year-old from St Peters Western already secured her place on the Olympic Team in the 100m Butterfly last night but will be keen to progress through tonight’s semi-final to lock in another individual berth in tomorrow’s final.
Olympian Chris Wright goes into tonight’s semi-finals of the men’s 200m Butterfly as the fastest qualifier after clocking 1:58.94 in this morning’s heat. Behind Wright is 21-year-old Hugo Morris (1:58.97) and defending Australian Champion Grant Irvine (1:59.14).
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