Rising NSWIS star Matt Wilson has put a difficult 2016 behind him to break through to his maiden Australian swimming team after claiming the 200m breaststroke title at the Australian Swimming Championships.
Wilson claimed the title while also recording a World Championship qualifying time of 2:09.29, securing his position on the national team heading to Hungary after missing out on both the Olympics and Short Course World Championships last year.
“Last year was knocking me around a little. Missing the Olympic team and Short Course by less than a second but I’m stoked, that I’ve finally done it,” said Wilson to Swimming Australia after his win.
“There are a lot of emotions. That slap on the water at the end just naturally came out.
“I just needed to get onto the wall. I didn’t really think about taking the extra stroke.
“The plan was just to get the qualifying time, and its good, I’m stoked.”
Wilson was joined on top of the medal dais by fellow NSWIS athlete Tiffany Thomas Kane, who won her second gold medal of the meet after triumphing in the women’s multi-class 50m breaststroke.