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1 April 2008 PR 08/40

British Record for Loughborough’s McClatchey as University swimmers post Olympic qualification times

Loughborough University’s Caitlin McClatchey set a new British Record on her way to gaining an Olympic qualification time as four Loughborough swimmers made the grade for Beijing at the British Championships in Sheffield.

McClatchey claimed gold in the 100m Freestyle after lowering the national standard set by City Of Liverpool’s Fran Halsall to 54.31 seconds in last night’s heats. Loughborough University team mate Julia Beckett won bronze in the same event in 55.86 seconds to swim within the qualification standard for the 4x100m Freestyle.

“Today was just about making sure I qualified,” said McClatchey. “I knew it was going to be a tough race as everyone is swimming so well. It’s a really exciting time at the moment and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

After swimming the third fastest time in the heats of the 100m Freestyle (55.28), University athlete Mel Marshall missed out on the final by failing to make it to the call room on time. Her focus now turns to the 200m event where she hopes to gain individual selection.

Loughborough’s swimmers dominated the men’s 400m Freestyle as a further two athletes touched below the Olympic qualification time. University-based David Carry won gold in this morning’s final in 3:49.78, ahead of Loughborough team mate Dean Milwain who claimed silver in 3:50.50.

“I knew it was going to be hard after the way everyone is swimming but I was pushed all the way this morning for those Olympic spots,” said Carry. “It was a case of ignoring everything around you and focusing on your own race, making sure you got to the wall first. I wanted to get out there and dominate the race.

“It’s great to be British Champion again and to get that Olympic time, the team is shaping up nicely, everyone is in great shape and it’s something exciting to be a part of.”

An impressive swim in last night’s heats saw Milwain set a new University record of 3:48.40 to become the 12th fastest swimmer in the world this year. Loughborough-based David Davies, who has already gained selection to Team GB in the 1500m Freestyle, was second fastest in the 400m heats for a new Welsh Record of 3:49.30 but withdrew from the finals in order to concentrate on alternative events at the Olympics.

The British Championships are also a selection meet for the inaugural Tri-Nations Cup against Canada and France in Quebec City in August. Designed to attract 2012 Olympic hopefuls, the meet is open to male swimmers aged 22 and under and females aged 20 and below.

Strong performances by Loughborough’s Scott Hathaway in the 100m Backstroke (5th in 55.84) and Claudia Coleman in the 100m Freestyle (10th in 56.58) will put them in contention for selection to this meet.

“The team are swimming great and we’re really enjoying the meet so far,” said Loughborough University Director of Swimming Ian Armiger. “There have been a host of lifetime bests as well as the British, Welsh and University records on the first day so we’re really pleased.

“This morning has been slightly marred by Mel’s technical infringement, but we’re not dwelling on that. She can still qualify in other events so we’re looking at it as a positive. It’s been an important lesson for everyone.”

Loughborough’s swimmers will now concentrate on this evening’s finals where Olympic hopefuls need a FINA A time to be in contention for Beijing selection.

Pre-selected Loughborough swimmers:

Liam Tancock, 100m Backstroke
David Davies (Loughborough-based), 1500m Freestyle

Loughborough University swimmers within Olympic qualification times (British Swimming to confirm squad on Sunday 6 April):

David Carry (Loughborough-based), 400m Freestyle
Dean Milwain, 400m Freestyle
Caitlin McClatchey, 100m Freestyle
Julia Becket, 4x100m Freestyle

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Notes for editors:

1. The British Swimming Championships (Olympic Trials) take place at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, from 31 March to 6 April. Heats start at 6pm and finals are at 10am. Live results are available via http://www.britishswimming.org

2. Loughborough University athletes in action this week are as follows:

Men

Liam Tancock, 200m Backstroke & 200m Individual Medley
James Gibson, 100m Breaststroke
Euan Dale, 200m Freestyle, 200m & 400m Individual Medley
Ross Davenport, 50m, 100m & 200m Freestyle
David Davies, 200m & 400m Freestyle (Based at Lboro)
David Carry, 100m, 200m & 400m Freestyle (Based at lboro)
James Goddard, 100m, 200m Backstroke & 200m Individual Medley
Craig Gibbons, 50m, 100m Freestyle & 100m Backstroke
Dean Milwain, 200m & 400m Freestyle
Joe Roebuck, 200m Butterfly, 200m & 400m Individual Medley
Chris Watkinson, 100m & 200m Breaststroke
Scott Hathaway, 100m & 200m Backstroke
Daniel Coombs, 100m, 200m, 400m Freestyle & 200m Individual Medley
Grant Turner, 50m, 100m, 200m & 400m Freestyle
Joe Canlan Shaw, 100m, 200m Backstroke & 200m Individual Medley
Jonathon Cook, 200m & 400m Individual Medley
Daniel Fogg, 400m & 1500m Freestyle
Craig Elliot, 100m & 200m Breaststroke
Jamie Broom, 200m & 400m Freestyle
James Clarke, 100m, 200m, 400m Freestyle & 100m Butterfly
Ewan Martin, 100m & 200m Breaststroke
Jonathon Gatley, 400m Individual Medley
James Tait, 100m Breaststroke
Edward Downes, 200m Buttefly, 200m & 400m Individual Medley
Adam Freundlich, 100m Breaststroke
Josh Ker, 100m & 200m Butterfly
James Lovatt, 100m, 200m Backstroke & 200m Individual Medley
Michael Unsworth, 1500m Freestyle

Women

Caitlin McClatchey, 100m, 200m, 400m & 800m Freestyle
Melanie Marshall, 100m, 200m Freestyle, 100m & 200m Backstroke
Julia Beckett, 100m, 200m, 400m Freestyle & 100m Butterfly
ate Haywood, 100m & 200m Breaststroke
Amy Smith, 50m, 100m & 200m Freestyle
Rebecca Shaw, 200m Freestyle, 100m & 200m Butterfly
Aimee Ramm, 50m & 100m Freestyle
Claudia Coleman, 50m & 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke & 200m Individual Medley
Sophie Casson, 200m Freestyle, 100m & 200m Backstroke
Emma Boret, 100m & 200m Butterfly
Jade Barclay, 200m Butterfly
Georgina Fromson, 100m Butterfly
Julianne Lago, 100m & 200m Butterfly

3. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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