Alicia Coutts
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Queenslander Alicia Coutts named Aussie swimmer of the year

A FIVE-medal haul at the London Olympics has seen Queenslander Alicia Coutts named Australian swimmer of the year.

The 25-year-old, who also won the top award in 2010, was a member of the gold medal-winning 4x100m freestyle relay team with Melanie Schlanger, Cate Campbell and Brittany Elmslie.

Coutts also won silver in the 200m individual medley, the 4x200m freestyle relay and 4x100m medley relay, and bronze in the 100m butterfly.

The effort saw her equal Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould as a five-time medallist at a single Olympic Games.

Her gold medal relay winning teammates didn't miss out - the quartet, who won Australia's only gold in the pool in London, was awarded Golden Moment of the Year.

Breaststroke silver medallist Christian Sprenger won the people's choice award.

Other awards announced included: swimmers' swimmer of the year Matthew Cowdrey, multi-class swimmer of the year Jacqueline Freney, open water swimmer of the year Melissa Gorman, short course swimmer of the year Blair Evans, coach of the year John Fowlie, discovery of the year Brittany Elmslie.


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