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Laurent Carnol

Focus on... Laurent Carnol

Loughborough University student Laurent Carnol has continued his record breaking spree at the recent World Swimming Short Course Championships in Dubai, sprinting to a time of 28.00 in the 50m breaststroke.

Laurent, having previously set records in the 100m and 200m breaststroke, powered his way to new national Luxembourg figures to complete a remarkable clean sweep.

The facilities and coaches at Loughborough are great. But it is also the team atmosphere at Loughborough that I really like. In Luxembourg there are only 3-4 top swimmers, compared to Loughborough where there are over 50.

But Laurent is not only making waves in the pool, he is also as an award winning Chemistry student. However it was through research on the Internet that Laurent found his way to Loughborough in order to excel in the pool and the laboratory. Laurent says,

“I wanted to find somewhere that I could combine my swimming and studies, but there was no university in Luxembourg where I could do this. So I started looking at places France and Germany, when I discovered what Loughborough University could offer me.”

Laurent visited Loughborough and was immediately impressed with the University. Regarding the swimming Laurent says,

“The facilities and coaches at Loughborough are great. But it is also the team atmosphere at Loughborough that I really like. In Luxembourg there are only 3-4 top swimmers, compared to Loughborough where there are over 50. Being part of the Loughborough set up has developed my swimming, and my personal best times have come down by over 4 seconds.”

Swimming is only one aspect of Laurent’s student experience at Loughborough. He was also attracted by the Department of Chemistry, which has recently been ranked first in the National Student Survey 2010, with a score of 4.80 out of 5.

Laurent, a second year undergraduate, is also achieving in his studies. Last academic year he won the Department prize for best exam results and an East Midlands award for Practical Chemistry. Laurent says

“I am enjoying my studies at Loughborough. We do lots of practical sessions in the lab, and get to do chemistry rather than just talking about it. I also receive support from my department, getting extensions for projects or taking exams early to enable me to attend swimming championships. My personal tutor shows an interest in my swimming, and other lecturers in the department have sent emails congratulating me.”

Back in the pool Laurent represented Luxembourg at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, an experience he describes as ‘the best two weeks of my life.’ Laurent is looking forward to this year’s World Championships in Shanghai, but also with an eye on London 2012.

Director of Swimming Ian Armiger said: “Laurent has been with us since September 2009 and has been progressing well under our programme. His recent times and performances show this, and we believe there is more to come from this talented swimmer.”

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