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Alicia Coutts ready to make splash at NSW meet

Married life is bliss for dual Olympian Alicia Coutts but she is not quite ready to let go of her first love - swimming.

Coutts, 28, admitted it was very tempting to walk away from the pool for good after tying the knot in September.

A chronic shoulder injury that refused to go away provided another pretty good excuse for the five-time Olympic medallist.

Coutts has confirmed she will hang up the togs - but only after one last hurrah.

Coutts will put her eight-year international career on the line at next month's Olympic selection trials in Adelaide.

And she will get a gauge on how realistic her Rio dream is at the final pre-selection hit-out - the three-day NSW titles in Sydney from Friday.

"I am feeling really good about it. I am happy with where I am at," Coutts told ABC Radio.

"I just want to go into it thinking I am giving it all I have got, to finish on a positive.

"If it is not enough I know I have done everything I possibly could to give myself the best opportunity."

Coutts wasn't feeling so positive as she contemplated taking a very different plunge just six months ago.

Diving into a pool was the last thing on Coutts' mind as she stressed over her wedding plans.

And when she did hit the water the shoulder complaint that sabotaged her 2015 world titles selection chances flared again.

"The shoulder injury was really hampering everything, it was hard to overcome and planning a wedding was quite stressful," Coutts said.

"To be honest I was very close (to retirement).

"There were a few times I told my coach 'I don't really know if I have the motivation to swim for another year'.

"I said 'I think I am going to retire right now'."

After tying the knot, the other man in Coutts' life - coach John Fowlie - stepped in.

"He sat me down and told me it was okay not to be motivated," she said.

"He was great. He kept me in the water.

"It (shoulder complaint) is still there but I have been doing a lot of rehab and trying to stretch the area.

"It is not causing me too much pain."

Coutts will feature in a world class NSW field.

In her pet event the 200m individual medley, she lines up against world silver medallist Kanako Watanabe of Japan.

In the 100m freestyle world champion Bronte Campbell and her sister Cate await.

But Coutts is determined not to die wondering.

"Whatever happens, I am definitely done after Rio," she said.

"I am excited about what happens after swimming."