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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.