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Alicia Coutts

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Alicia Coutts
Personal information
Full name Alicia Jayne Coutts
Nickname(s) Couttsy, Leshy
Nationality Australian
Born (1987-09-14) 14 September 1987 (age 24)[1]
Brisbane, Queensland
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Weight 70 kilograms (150 lb)[1]
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Butterfly, freestyle, medley,
Club Redlands Swim Club, Brisbane[1]

Alicia Jayne Coutts (born 14 September 1987 in Brisbane, Australia)[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 5 medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics is equal to Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould at one olympics.

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[edit] Career

[edit] 2008 Olympics

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

[edit] 2010 Commonwealth Games & Pan Pacs

At the Pan Pacs, She took 2 relay silver medals & bronze in the 100m Butterfly.

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, she won the 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 200m individual medley, as well as contributing to the 4x100m freestyle & 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 (World Trials), seeking to pick up her first national title. On night 2, she doubled up, taking the 100m butterfly by a clear margin, as well as the 200m IM, beating Olympic champion Stephanie Rice by approximately an arm's length. She took 6th place in the 200m freestyle. On night 6 she took gold in the 100m 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 fly as well as the 200 IM in a personal best time.

[edit] 2011 World Championships

At the 2011 World championships on night 2, Coutts took silver medals in the 100m butterfly & 200m medley. She swam the butterfly leg of the medley relay, capturing a bronze medal.

At the 2012 Olympic Trials, she won the 100m butterfly holding off Jessicah Schipper down the stretch and stopping Libby Tricket's attempt to defend her Olympic title in that event. She took silver in the 200m medley, booking another individual spot. She later placed in the top 6 in the 100 freestyle, gaining a spot on the 4x100m freestyle relay. On the final night she collected silver in the 4x100m medley relay.

[edit] 2012 Olympics

On night 1, she collected gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay with Cate Campbell, Brittany Elmslie & Melanie Schlanger setting a new Olympic Record in the process. On night 2, she collected a bronze in the 100m butterfly, she became the 8th fastest of all time. Night 4 she got a silver in the 200m individual medley becoming the 5th fastest of all time. On night 5 she anchored the 4x200m freestyle relay team to silver, recording a 200m 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 4x100m medley relay, bringing her medal total to 5 in a single Olympic Games.

[edit] Career best times

Coutts holds 1 Olympic record in the 4x100m freestyle relay, 2 Commonwealth Games Records & is the fastest Australian in textile in the 200m medley & 100m butterfly

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