Brianna Throssell and Zac Incerti headline seven West Australian swimmers heading to Commonwealth Games

Ben SmithThe West Australian
West Australian swimmer Brianna Throssell has booked her spot for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham later this year.
Camera IconWest Australian swimmer Brianna Throssell has booked her spot for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham later this year. Credit: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Seven West Australians are preparing to dive into preparations for Birmingham after being selected in Australia’s Commonwealth Games swimming team.

Brianna Throssell and Zac Incerti headline the septet after strong performances at the Australian Swimming Championship, while there were also berths for Josh Edwards-Smith, Holly Barratt, Kieren Pollard, Josh Yong and the previously announced Alex Saffy.

Throssell, Incerti and Edwards-Smith have also earnt a call-up to the Australian Dolphins squad for the FINA World Championships in Budapest a month out from the Commonwealth Games.

After three relay medals (including one gold) in Tokyo and a gold and a bronze at the previous Commonwealth Games, Throssell made a statement at the Australian Swimming Championships, claiming gold in the 100m butterfly and a bronze in the 200m butterfly.

Joining Throssell in qualifying for a second Commonwealth Games, Incerti turned heads at last week’s championships, clocking a time of 1:45.80 to prevail in the 200m freestyle final before winning silver in the 100m freestyle, missing out on the gold by just 0.1 seconds.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19: Zac Incerti of Australia celebrates winning the Mens 200 Metre Freestyle during day two of the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships at SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre on May 19, 2022 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Camera IconBroome-born Zac Incerti punched his ticket to the Commonwealth Games with a strong swim at the Australian Swimming Championships. Credit: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Edwards-Smith may be a rookie and will make his Australian debut at the upcoming competitions, but his performances at the trials will have marked him down as one to watch.

The teenager won the 200m backstroke final ahead of dual Olympic medallist Mitch Larkin, before claiming bronze in the 100m backstroke.

Barratt will be competing at her second Commonwealth Games, with the Rockingham product booking her place off the back of a gold in the 50m butterfly at nationals, and the 34 year-old will be hoping for more Commonwealth medals after winning silver in that event on the Gold Coast.

Joshua Edwards-Smith reacts after winning the Mens 200m Backstroke Final on Day 1 of the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Camera IconThis year’s Commonwealth Games with be Josh Edwards-Smith’s Australian debut. Credit: DAVE HUNT/AAPIMAGE

Pollard suffered an agonising blow at nationals after finishing third in the 400m freestyle - just 0.01 seconds off Se-Bom Lee, which meant the West Aussie missed on qualifying for the World Championships as well, despite also winning bronze in the in the 1500m freestyle final.

Yong booked his spot after finishing second to Zac Stubblety-Cook in the 100m breaststroke, while 16 year-old Saffy will take on the 100m butterfly S10 in Birmingham,

Incerti and Edwards-Smith are both WAIS graduates, while Throssell, Barratt, Pollard, Yong and Saffy are all current WAIS scholarship holders.

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