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8 July 2009 | PR 09/87

Loughborough-powered GB team trounces Germany

Liam Tancock

Liam Tancock

Loughborough University swimmers helped power the British team to victory over Germany in their 'Duel in the Pool' in the Wales National Pool in Swansea last weekend.

The GB team ran out 207-109 winners in the head-to-head. Loughborough's World Champion Liam Tancock won the men's 100m backstroke with a time of 55.30 seconds while David Davies led the way in the 1,500m freestyle, followed by teammate Daniel Fogg.

The University's Ross Davenport came second in the men's 200m freestyle to world champion Paul Biedermann.

In the women's races, Loughborough's Lizzie  Simmonds won the 100m backstroke and Fran Halsall won the first race of the day as she touched first in the women's 50m Butterfly after she beat Germany's Lisa Vitting into second place. Jo Jackson came home second in the 200m freestyle.

Loughborough University's director of swimming Ian Armiger said: "We had a number of swimmers on the team and out of that group we scored a lot of points for the British team. They did a great job.

"We're five weeks out from the biggest competition of this training cycle which is the British Gas Championships in Sheffield at end of March, and they are the qualifiers for the Commonwealth Games.

"We like to race into the major competitions and we've had two good weekends now, so we're very pleased."

The British Gas Championships will take place over 6 days, from Monday 29th March to Saturday 3rd April 2010 at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield. Visit www.swimming.org for more details.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Danny Coyle
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 223491
E: D.Coyle@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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