27 Aug 2014
Loughborough swimmers claim medals at European Championships
Loughborough’s swimmers were in the medals at the recent European Championships held in the Netherlands and Germany.
In Eindhoven the British team won 30 gold medals at the IPC Swimming European Championships.
Double Paralympic Champion Ellie Simmonds, who is coached by Loughborough Swimming’s Steve Bayley, claimed a hat-trick of titles in the S6 400m Freestyle, the SM6 200m Individual Medley, and SB6 100m Breaststroke.
Ellie broke her own World Record in the 200m Individual Medley to take the gold medal in a time of 3:04.07. Speaking after the race Ellie said:
“I have trained really hard on my IM and it’s what I have been working on. I know all of my world record splits off by heart and I knew that I was under the world record on the Fly so I just kept going for it.”
Ellie also claimed silver medals in the S6 50m and 100m Freestyle events.
Current Sport Scholar James Hollis won two medals –silver in the men’s 4x100m Medley and bronze in the 4x100 Freestyle relay teams. James also set a new British record in the S10 100m Butterfly finishing in fourth place.
At the European Open Water Swimming Championships in Berlin Loughborough based Daniel Fogg secured the gold medal in the men’s 5km time trial in a time of 53:41.4.
Speaking after the race Dan Fogg said:
“After the disappointment of the 1500m at the Commonwealth Games, to come out here and end the season on a high is really positive and puts me in good stead for next season.”
In the 10km race Loughborough swimmer Jack Burnell narrowly missed out on the podium by finishing in fourth place.
Also in Berlin in the pool at the European Swimming Championships Loughborough based swimmers were part of the British team that topped the medal table with a total of 24. The five Loughborough swimmers won 11 medals between them.
Fran Halsall claimed two individual titles, claiming a golden double in the 50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle.
Fran was part of the victorious Great Britain team that won the 4x100m Mixed Medley in a World Record time of 3:44.02. Fran also won two bronze medals in the 50m Butterfly and the women’s 4x100m Medley relay.
Current Sports Scholar Adam Barrett was also a gold medallist, as part of the men’s 4x100m Medley relay team that repeated their Commonwealth Games success.
Georgia Davies won bronze in the 100m Backstroke and silver behind team mate Fran Halsall in the 50m event. Georgia was also part of the women’s 4x100m Medley relay which claimed bronze.
Roberto Pavoni made up for the disappointment of Glasgow by winning two medals, silver and bronze in the 400m and 200m Individual Medley events.
Molly Renshaw claimed the silver medal in the 200m Breaststroke, swimming a strong final length to finish in second place in a British record time of 2:23.82.