Halsall underlines freestyle intentions on day five
7th March 2012
Fran Halsall swam to one of the fastest times of the year with her heat swim in the 100m Freestyle on day five of the British Gas Swimming Championships 2012.
Taking on Germany’s Daniela Schreiber, Halsall kept her cool to take the victory in 54.14.
I wasn't thinking too much about it to be honest - I'm just relaxing.
The British record holder has already sealed her Olympic place in the 100m Butterfly and admitted that had relieved some of the pressure on her Freestyle swim.
“I felt really good," said Halsall. "I wasn’t thinking too much about it to be honest. I’m just relaxing.
"I know I’m already on the team at the Olympics, so the pressure is now off. I’m just taking things one step at a time, but to do 54.1 has made me very happy.”
Loughborough University’s Amy Smith secured a time of 54.71 to qualify in second place for the semi final. Having won 200m Freestyle gold yesterday night, Rebecca Turner took the third fastest time in the same heat as Halsall after touching in a personal best 54.95.
Double Commonwealth Champion James Goddard cruised into the semi final with his first swim of the competition in the 200m Individual Medley.
Goddard looked comfortable throughout his race and reached for the wall in a time of 2:01.52. Rising star and European junior champion Ieuan Lloyd secured the second spot with a time of 2:01.55.
World Championship team member Molly Renshaw swam to the quickest time overall and the fastest British time in the women’s 200m Breaststroke after stopping the clock in 2:28.94.
Defending champion Stacey Tadd will follow Renshaw into the final after securing a time of 2:29.75 in heat number eight.
The semi finals of the men’s 200m Backstroke saw Marco Loughran swim to the fastest time after touching in 2:01.26 in the sixth heat.
British Gas ITC Stirling swimmer Ryan Bennett follows Loughran as the second fastest qualifier for the semi final with a time of 2:01.71.