Swimming Western Australia
Published: Dec 12, 2012 02:21:35 PM
Butterfly sensation Brianna Throssell is amongst the 19-strong EnergyAustralia Swim Team that will today begin competing at the 11th FINA World Short Course Championships in Istanbul.
The Championships in a 25m pool, held every two years, will run from Wednesday December 12 to Sunday December 16 at the Sinan Erdem Arena, Istanbul.
The 16-year-old schoolgirl will compete in four events in Turkey including the 4x100 Medley Relay, 50m butterfly, 200m butterfly and the 100m butterfly, in which she is the current short course titleholder.
Perth City’s Throssell caught the eye of selectors when she upstaged a strong field including Olympic medallist Brittany Elmslie in the final of the women’s 100m butterfly to win her maiden Australian title at the 2012 EnergyAustralia Short Course Championships in Perth.
At the 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii, Throssell finished with four silver medals, and will be looking to move up on to the medal dias again in her first senior Australian Team at the World Short Course Championships.
Perth City coach Matt Magee is happy with Throssell’s preparation and believes she will utilize the opportunity to compete on an international stage.
-“This is a fantastic event for Bria to find her feet at an international level”, Magee said.
“Bria has prepared well since her selection back in September. Her commitment to the task at hand has kept our preparation relatively smooth”
“Together we have put together a plan in an effort to gain as much experience as possible. We were purposeful in defining that experience and are both looking forward to coming away from this event as a stronger partnership”.
Perth City teammate and BHP Billion Aquatic Super Series South African swim team member Jessica Pengelly will join Throssell at the Championships but on the opposing South African team.
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