Ariarne Titmus claims three Swimming Australia awards

Ariarne Titmus
Ariarne Titmus

Four days after being judged Tasmania's best athlete of the year, Ariarne Titmus has also been named Australia's best swimmer.

The Launceston-born world champion capped off a remarkable year in the pool by claiming three prestigious accolades at the Swimming Australia awards.

In front of more than 190 guests at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the 19-year-old collected the coveted Olympic program swimmer of the year, the short course swimmer of the year and the patron award.

Now representing Brisbane's St Peters Western club, the former Riverside and Launceston Aquatic freestyle specialist lit up the world stage in July when she chased down American superstar Katie Ledecky in the women's 400m at the FINA world championships in Gwangju.

Titmus left South Korea with a further three medals including a gold and world record in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

Earlier in the season at the FINA short-course world championships in China, the former St Patrick's College student broke the world record on her way to victory in the 400m freestyle, while also setting a new Commonwealth record and capturing gold in the 200m.

It was a fruitful night for St Peters Western, with Titmus' coach Dean Boxall taking out both the Olympic Program and youth coach of the year awards.

It's been a productive season for Boxall, with multiple athletes under his watch selected onto the senior Dolphins team and the junior world championship team.

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