Throssell Nails Two PB’s On Western Aussie SC C’ships Day 2


The 2020 Western Aussie SC Championships brought more heat on day 2 at HBF Stadium, with Olympic finalist and world record holder Brianna Throssell in the pool.

She opted out of the women’s 50m fly on day 1, but contested the 50m and 100m free events here today, getting two medals in the process.

First, in the 100m free, the 24-year-old UWSC swimmer posted a time of 54.13 to snag silver behind winner Holly Barratt. 32-year-old Barratt busted out a time of 53.88 to top the podium, while Throssell’s time checks-in as a new lifetime best.

Throssell’s previous lifetime best entering this meet rested at the 55.43 she posted way back in 2011, so she managed to hack well over a second from that outing with tonight’s effort. For winner Barratt, the Rockingham star owns a PB of 53.36, so she was just about within a second with her gold medal-worthy performance here.

Throssell upgraded her silver to gold come the women’s 50m free, however, where she posted a winning time of 24.94. Her result this evening represents the first time Throssell has ever been under 25 seconds in the event, with her past career-quickest represented by the 25.05 she registered 2 years ago.

The nice time drops from Throssell this evening align with how the Western Australian has shifted her focus from her 2016 Olympic event of the 200m fly to the sprint freestyles. As we noted in our meet preview, between 2018 and 2019, Throssell has dropped her LCM 100 free PB down from 54.19 to 53.80. In the LCM 200 free, she’s been even more dramatic, getting her previous best-ever effort of 1:58.09 from 2018 down to 1:56.62 last year.

The Western Australia Institute of Sport’s 2019 Athlete of the Year helped Australia snag a new World Record in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay at last year’s FINA World Championships. Throssell split 1:55.60 on the 3rd leg to help the squad top the podium in a remarkable collective effort of 7:41.50.

Additionally in Gwangju, Throssell was a vital contributor on the 4x100m freestyle relay, posting a 2nd leg swim of 53.34 to help Australia gain another gold.

Additional Notes:

  • Zac Incerti clocked a time of 47.99 to take the men’s 100m freestyle in his first-ever sub-48 second outing. Incerti’s previous PB was represented by a 48.23, so the 24-year-old sliced .24 off of his previous PB.
  • Ashton Brinkworth touched in 21.88 to take the men’s 50m free after finishing with the silver in the aforementioned 100m free in 48.24. This time it was Incerti who settled for silver, hitting 22.43 in this 50m free.
  • Alex Milligan got on the board with men’s 100m breast gold, touching in 58.58 for the only swimmer in the field to get under the minute mark.

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2 years ago

Holly Barratt’s PB for the 100m freestyle is 51.95. Swimming for London Roar in Budapest, Barratt clocked this time as the lead off swimmer for the 4x100m freestyle.
Prior to these championships, Throssell’s 100m freestyle PB was 54.22. This was Throssell’s 7th place finishing time at the 2017 Australian SC Swimming Championships.

Last edited 2 years ago by petriasfan
Reply to  petriasfan
2 years ago

That lead off by Holly is such an outlier that it makes me wonder if there was a timing error.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

Her 25.2 fly a few months earlier was also a blinder but she was just in very good form .

Corn Pop
Reply to  Corn Pop
2 years ago

LC .

Reply to  Corn Pop
2 years ago

Still nowhere near as big an outlier. That lead off was 1.23s faster than her next best 100 free also from ISL.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Troyy
2 years ago

So evidence the ISL has a long long way to go t o reach FINA events. Can’t even friggin time a lead off split. Bwahhhhh.

2 years ago

And Edwards-Smith did a 52.25 100 back which is a 17 years record in Australia.

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