Amy Smith warms up in style
22 June 2012
Loughborough University’s Amy Smith warmed up for the London 2012 Olympics in style by becoming the national 100m freestyle champion at the ASA National Championships in Sheffield.
There was also joy for her team mate, Rachel Lefley, who won the 50m fly but disappointment for Jack Marriott who failed in his bid to make the Olympics in the 100m butterfly.
Smith, in her last 100m race before the Olympics in six weeks, controlled the race throughout and finished in a time of 55.03 secs. Team mate Emma Wilkins finished just outside the medals in fourth place in 56.05.
At the end of the session Smith competed in the women's 50m fly with three other Loughborough swimmers in the field.
This time she could not hold onto the speed from the 25 metre mark when Lefley stormed through from third place to win in 27.04. Smith finished third in 27.56 with Tilly Gray fifth in 27.96 and Hannah Shore 10th in 28.59.
In the men's 100m fly, Loughborough again had four swimmers in the field.
Marriott tried to replicate his amazing performance in the first Olympic trial to see if he could achieve the A Olympic qualifying time of 52.36.
He took the race out over the first 50 metres but could not hold on and finished second in 53.12. London Olympian Joe Roebuck finished fourth in 53.86 with Tom Laxton sixth in 54.08 and Adam Barrett eighth in 54.28.
Katrina Alder finished fifth in the women's 50m backstroke in 29.73 and Kate Hutchinson was 10th in the women's 200m breaststroke in 2:36.41.