2017 AUSTRALIAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Sunday, April 9th – Thursday, April 13th
- Brisbane Aquatic Centre
- Prelims at 11am local/Finals at 7:30pm local
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It’s always inspiring, as well as reassuring ,when an elite-level athlete proves that age is just a number, with Australian swimmer Holly Barratt being the latest example. Competing at the 2017 Australian Swimming Championships this week, Barratt claimed both a silver and gold medal in individual events, securing her spot on her very first World Championships roster, all at the age of 29.
The Rockingham, Western Australia sprinter set out to simply score a best time at this meet, admittedly not considering the possibility she’d win a title, let alone qualify for Budapest. Behind double world champion Emily Seebohm’s new All Comers Record, Barratt held her own in the 100m backstroke, touching in 59.66 to register a new personal best by .3 of a second. That result cleared the stiff Aussie QT of 59.71.
In tonight’s session, Barratt charged to the wall first in the 50m backstroke to earn the first individual national title of her career. 27.60 is what it took for the seasoned racer to take the gold, topping the world rankings in the event in the process.
Reflecting on her incredibly unexpected outcome in Brisbane, Barratt commented after racing, “I definitely wasn’t expecting that result; coming into the meet ranked about sixth, I thought I might be able to jump up to fourth.
“I would have been happy with that, I’m focusing on my times more than anything and I was happy with my time, it was a little PB, but I definitely wasn’t expecting (to make the team) it is very exciting.”
“I know a lot of the girls were not happy with the way they swam last night but I guess it shows anything can happen…and the real bonus for me is I get my Swimmer Team number; that’s exciting,” said Barratt.
Swimming Australia confirmed that Barratt is indeed the oldest rookie to ever have made an Australian Swim team.
Quotes courtesy of Swimming Australia.