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2 April 2008 PR 08/42

University swimmers dominate men’s medley for Olympic contention

Loughborough’s James Goddard added his name to a growing list of University swimmers within reach of Beijing as more records fell at Britain’s Olympic Trials.

In an unprecedented men’s 200m Individual Medley, four Loughborough swimmers dipped below the qualification time in the heats and three Commonwealth Records were claimed in succession by the University’s swim stars.

Goddard and team mate Liam Tancock, who has already guaranteed his ticket to Beijing in the 100m Backstroke, won gold and silver in this morning’s 200m Individual Medley final after record-breaking swims in last night’s heats.

Going first of the Loughborough swimmers last night, Goddard swam a storming 1:58.43 race to
set a new Commonwealth and British record. Within minutes that record fell to Tancock, the Loughborough student knocking more than half a second off Goddard’s best to lower both standards to 1:57.79.

This morning the result was reversed with Goddard taking the gold in 1:57.72, lowering the Commonwealth best for the third time in less than 20 hours. Tancock touched second for silver in 1:57.96.

Loughborough’s Joe Roebuck and Euan Dale were also within the FINA A Olympic time in last night’s medley heats, but withdrew from the final to concentrate on other events.

University of Florida swimmer Gemma Spofforth, who has spent the last few weeks in Loughborough preparing for the Trials, broke the British Record in the 100m Backstroke last night to become the first British women to dip below the 60-second mark (59.89). She went on the set a new national best over 50m this morning (28.84) on her way to securing British gold and an Olympic qualification time of 59.90. Melanie

Marshall finished fourth in the same event in 1:01.85.

Loughborough’s James Gibson showed the beginnings of a return to form in the heats of the 100m Breaststroke with his fastest swim for five years. The former World Champion was within a few hundredths of a second off the University best he set in 2003, to qualify first for the final in 1:00.39.

But a late challenge from City of Edinburgh’s Kris Gilchrist and a Commonwealth record-breaking swim from City of Newcastle’s Chris Cook this morning edged him out of a top two finish to shatter his chances of making the Beijing Games.

In the only one-length sprint event of the Olympics, there were lifetime bests for Loughborough’s 50m Freestyle boys Ross Davenport and Craig Gibbons. Davenport was fourth fastest after the heats in 22.64, but withdrew from the final, while Gibson swam a best of 22.75 last night and finished 8th this morning.

Caitlin McClatchey, who has already set a British Record in the 100m Freestyle this week to post an Olympic consideration time, was just off the pace in last night’s 200m Freestyle (4:11.66) to finish four tenths of a second off the qualification standard. The 22-year-old student eventually claimed British Championship bronze this morning in 4:14.77 in a race that saw her British Record fall to gold medallist Rebecca Adlington (4:04.50).

Pre-selected Loughborough swimmers:
Liam Tancock, 100m Backstroke, added 200m Individual Medley at Trials
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
James Goddard, 200m Individual Medley
Gemma Spofforth (Florida University, made final Trial preparations at Loughborough), 100m Backstroke.

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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
Kate 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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