Alicia Coutts

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Alicia Coutts
Personal information
Full name Alicia Jayne Coutts
Nickname(s) "Couttsy", "Leshy"
Nationality  Australia
Born (1987-09-14) 14 September 1987 (age 27)
Brisbane, Queensland
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Butterfly, freestyle, medley
Club Redlands Swim Club

Alicia Jayne Coutts OAM (born 14 September 1987)[1] is an Australian medley, butterfly and freestyle swimmer. She represented Australia at the 2008 Summer Olympics, 2012 Summer Olympics[1] and the 2010 Commonwealth Games (New Delhi).[2] She was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder and is coached by John Fowlie. Her haul of five medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics matches Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould in one single Olympics.

Career[edit]

2008 Olympics[edit]

Coutts competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics where she ended up fifth in the 200 m individual medley.[1]

2010 Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacs[edit]

At the Pan Pacs, she took two relay silver medals and bronze in the 100 m butterfly.

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, she won the 100 m butterfly, 100 m freestyle, 200 m individual medley, as well as contributing to the 4×100 m freestyle and medley relays, bringing her total haul to 5 gold medals. She carried the Australian flag at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.[2] She was named the Telstra Australian Swimmer of the Year for 2010.

At the 2011 Australian Championships which doubled as the World Championship Trials, seeking to pick up her first national title. On night two, she doubled up, taking the 100 m butterfly by a clear margin, as well as the 200 m individual medley, beating Olympic champion Stephanie Rice by approximately an arm's length. She took 6th place in the 200m freestyle. On night six, she took gold in the 100 m freestyle, winning by a clear margin over Yolane Kukla. In June, she took 3 gold at the Barcelona leg of the Mare Nostrum Series, downing the meet record of the 100 m butterfly as well as the 200 m individual medley in a personal best time.

2011 World championships and Olympic Trials[edit]

At the 2011 World Championships on night two, Coutts took silver medals in the 100 m butterfly and 200 m individual medley. She swam the butterfly leg of the medley relay, capturing a bronze medal.

At the 2012 Olympic Trials, she won the 100 m butterfly holding off Jessicah Schipper down the stretch and stopping Libby Trickett's attempt to defend her Olympic title in that event. She took silver in the 200 m medley, booking another individual spot. She later placed in the top 6 in the 100 m freestyle, gaining a spot on the 4×100 m freestyle relay. On the final night she collected silver in the 4×100 m medley relay.

2012 Olympics[edit]

On night one, she collected gold in the 4×100m freestyle relay with Cate Campbell, Brittany Elmslie and Melanie Schlanger setting a new Olympic record in the process. On night two, she collected a bronze in the 100 m butterfly, she became the 8th fastest of all time. Night 4 she got a silver in the 200 m individual medley becoming the 5th fastest of all time. On night 5, she anchored the 4×200 m freestyle relay team to silver, recording a 200 m split time of 1:56.12, 1.6 seconds quicker than her official personal best. On the final night, she collected a silver in the 4×100 m medley relay, bringing her medal total to 5 in a single Olympic Games.

At the 2013 Australian Championships (which doubled as the qualifiers for 2013 World Aquatics Championships), Coutts won gold the 50 and 100 m butterfly and the 200 m individual medley, silver in the 50 m backstroke and bronze in the 50 m breastroke and 100 m freestyle.

2013 World Championships[edit]

At the World Championships, she collected silver medals in the 100m butterlfy, 200m medley, 4x100m freestyle relay, 4x200m freestyle relay 4x100m medley relay.[3]

Career best times[edit]

Coutts holds one Olympic record in the 4×100m freestyle relay, the Commonwealth records in the short-course 100m butterfly, 100m & 200m IM, and two Commonwealth Games records and is the fastest Australian in textile in the 200 m individual medley and 100 m butterfly.

Long Course
Event Time Meet
50 m freestyle 24.95 2013 Australian Championships
100 m freestyle 53.78 2011 World Championships
200 m freestyle 1:57.72 2011 Australian Championships
100 m butterfly 56.85 2012 Olympics
200 m individual medley 2:08:15 2012 Olympics
Short Course
Event Time - Meet
100 m freestyle 53.42 2013 Australian SC Championships
200 m freestyle 1:57.72 2010 Australian SC Championships
100 m butterfly 55.30 CR 2013 FINA Swimming World Cup
100 m individual medley 57.53 CR 2013 FINA Swimming World Cup
200 m individual medley 2:05.63 CR 2013 FINA Swimming World Cup

Recognition[edit]

In 2012, she won the Australian Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year Award with sailor Tom Slingsby.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Profile-Alicia Coutts". sports-reference.com, Retrieved on 16 October 2010
  2. ^ a b Clark, Laine; Cratchley, Drew (15 October 2010) "Aussies Party as Games end", Sydney Morning Herald, Retrieved on 16 October 2010
  3. ^ "Final results of Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships" (pdf). Omega Timing. 28 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Dutton, Chris (17 November 2012). "Slingsby shares top gong with Coutts". Canberra Times. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Jessicah Schipper
Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year
2010
Succeeded by
Ye Shiwen
Preceded by
Anna Meares
Australian Athlete of the Year
2012
(with Tom Slingsby)
Succeeded by
Caroline Buchanan
and Kim Crow