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Melanie Nocher in action Photograph courtesy of Vaughn Ridley / swpix.com

Melanie qualifies for second Olympic Games

24 May 2012

Melanie Nocher has produced the swim of her life to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games, representing Ireland.

Mel, a Sports Scholar who studied at Loughborough College, finished fifth in the 200m backstroke final at European Swimming Championships in Debrecen.

The time of 2:10.75 was nearly a second quicker than her Irish national record and .09 seconds inside the London 2012 qualifying standard.

Speaking after the race Mel Nocher said:

"It's all a bit crazy, I really didn't have a clue when I touched whether I had done the time or not.

"To become a two-time Olympian is very special, not many people have done that. Now I can look ahead to London and give it my best who knows what can happen there.

"Going into the final I have to admit that I was very, very nervous. There was a lot of pressure on me, I put a lot of pressure on myself but I just got myself focused and went for it and it worked.”

Mel’s achievement takes the Loughborough Swimming contingent to qualify for the London 2012 Games to 14.

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