Meet The Team - Marco Loughran
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Guildford City SC
200m Backstroke on 1 & 2 August
Did you know?
- Marco started swimming after his older sister Riaghnach began lessons at Guildford City.
- He is a well-travelled swimmer, having spent 2007 at the British Swimming Offshore Centre (with fellow 200m Backstroke qualifier Chris Walker-Hebborn) in Australia under Chris Nesbit's tutelage, then studied and trained up until 2012 with the likes of backstroke supremos Ryan Lochte and Gemma Spofforth at the University of Florida.
- Away from the pool, he likes watching martial arts, UFC and basketball.
Marco showed promise as a junior swimmer out of Guildford City SC, winning 100m Backstroke silver at the 2005 European Youth Olympic Festival then a gold (100m Back) and two silvers (50m & 200m Backstroke) at his second European Junior Championships in 2007. He narrowly missed out on the Beijing Olympic team after 100m and 200m Backstroke bronze medals at the 2008 British Champs but travelled to his first World Championships a year later, competing over 50m, 100m and 200m Backstroke. Representing Wales at his first Commonwealth Games in 2010, Marco finished fourth in the 100m Backstroke as well as reaching the 50m and 200m Back finals. He qualified for London 2012 at the ASA Nationals, finishing second in a nailbiting 200m Backstroke final.