Halsall lays down butterfly gauntlet
13th February 2012
Fran Halsall stormed to the top of the world rankings after blitzing the 100m Butterfly heats at the BUCS Championships in Sheffield.
Having returned from a three week training camp in the week, Halsall dominated the heats of the 100m Fly, touching just 0.27 seconds shy of her British record in 57.67 at Ponds Forge.
A 24.9 to finish me off. Really happy with my swims - now time for taper. Woop woop!
Halsall’s time was the fourth fastest of her career but with World Championship finalists Ellen Gandy and Jemma Lowe also impressing in early season, the race for the two Olympic spots for the 100m Butterfly will be one of the hardest to call at next month’s British Gas Swimming Championships.
Halsall – who trains at the British Gas ITC Loughborough – underlined her form in Sheffield by also setting the fastest heat time in the 50m Freestyle.
The 21-year old ducked under the 25 second mark to touch in 24.95.
“Two 100 flys in an hour! 57.6 and 57.5 in the relay! Good swimming considering it felt very mid-season,” said Halsall on Twitter.
“Then a 24.9 to finish me off! Really happy with my swims. Now time for taper! Woop woop.”