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22 June 2011 | PR 11/77

Loughborough swimmers win international team trophy in Rome



Loughborough University swimmers have demonstrated that they are one of the finest swim teams in the world, by taking the top International Team Trophy at the Trofeo Sette Colli meet in Rome.

The Great Britain squad, made up entirely of Loughborough based swimmers, claimed the overall team trophy ahead of teams from Denmark, Hungary, Italy and South Africa.

On the first evening Fran Halsall broke the Championship record in the women's 100m butterfly. Fran recorded a time of 57.48 to take the title. Ten minutes later she was back on the blocks for the 50m freestyle to finish fourth in a highly competitive field in 24.82.

Jo Jackson and Liam Tancock raced in the 400m freestyle and 50m backstroke respectively. Jo, showing signs of getting back to her best, finished in third with a time of 4:07.88. Liam couldn't get the best of his world class competitors and finished in 25.36.

On day two Fran Halsall sent out another warning to the female sprinters of the world with a blistering 53.72 100m freestyle, to claim her second victory and second meet record. Utilising her power and speed, Fran opened up a considerable gap over the first half of the race and commanded the race in majestic style to confirm her place at the helm of the world rankings.

Jo Jackson swam a well paced race to take silver in the 800m freestyle in 8:34 54 whilst Lizzie Simmonds took second spot in the 100m backstroke with 1:00.88.

Liam Tancock claimed a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke (55.00) with Joe Roebuck (4:22.45) and Ross Davenport (1:49.55) placing fifth in the 400m IM and 200m freestyle respectively.

On the final night of racing Fran Halsall powered her way to a New British Record of 25.86 when placing third in the 50m butterfly. Lizzie Simmonds, took down a world class field in the final of the 200m backstroke to set a new meet record of 2:08.26 whilst Jo Jackson continued to build on her new found form with a 1:58.06 200m freestyle to take bronze.

Joe Roebuck dug deep to take silver in the 200m IM in 2:01.69 with Grant Turner sprinting to 7th in the 100m freestyle with a 49.82.

Loughborough coach Ben Titley said:

"I'm really pleased with the results. There was some fast swimming on the back of a good week at the trials. This is a great result for our Loughborough University team."

The Loughborough swimmers are now preparing for the FINA World Championships, being held in Shanghai in July. Loughborough has 12 swimmers selected for GB Team along with Laurent Carnol (Luxembourg) and Melanie Nocher (Ireland).

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Rob Knott
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Loughborough University
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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 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top 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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