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BRITISH GAS RELAY TEAM LOWER EUROPEAN RECORD

30 Jul 2009
The British Gas swimming team enjoyed another successful morning in the pool as the women’s 4x200m Freestyle relay team lowered the European record on their way to qualifying for this evening’s final.

The women’s 4x200m Freestyle relay, which featured Caitlin McClatchey, Jazmin Carlin, Hannah Miley and Rebecca Adlington, showed their strength as they knocked almost a second off the European record and took the Championship record after they finished in a time of 7:49.04.

McClatchey gave the team a good start and swam close to her personal best to put the team in a strong position after the first leg.

The second leg saw Carlin have an impressive swim as she secured the fastest time of the team as she finished in 1:56.45 bringing the Brits close to the American leaders.

Miley took over from Carlin and put in a good performance as she secured a new personal best time as she touched in 1:58.15.

Adlington took the lead from the American team after her first 50m and she powered home to ensure they had the lowered the European and Championship record. They finished ahead of the Americans and go into the final ranked as the fastest team.

Kris Gilchrist broke the British record in the men’s 200m Breaststroke on his way to qualifying for the semi-final after an impressive performance.

Gilchrist was turning in the lead for much of the race and as he reached for the wall Brazil’s Henrique Barbosa just touched ahead of him to take the Championship record. Gilchrist finished in 2:09.31 which was inside the old Championship record time.

He qualified as ninth fastest for the semi-final.

Richard Webb made his World Championship debut with a good performance in the final heat. The Championship record went for the fourth time in this heat. Webb finished in a time of 2:11.78 and he was ranked in 21st overall.

The women’s 100m Freestyle saw Katherine Wyld and Fran Halsall compete for their places in the semi-final against the world and Championship record holder Britta Steffen.

Wyld went into heat fourteen and swam a good race as she touched home in 55.83 but finished in 28th place overall to miss the semi-final.

Fran Halsall qualified in joint 7th place for the semi-final as she put in a strong performance alongside Steffen (Germany) in the final heat. Halsall touched in a time of 53.91 just missing her personal best by 0.10 seconds.

Chris Walker-Hebborn and Marco Loughran took to the water in the men’s 200m Backstroke and were both drawn in the same heat as world record holder Aaron Piersol.

The British Gas swimmers swam a good race but it was Walker-Hebborn that touched first in a time of 1:57.52 to lower his personal best and take fourth place in the heat. Walker-Hebborn, who was making his World Championship debut, qualified for the semi-final in 11th place.

Loughran touched home outside of his personal best in a time of 1:59.19 and missed the semi-final after being ranked in 22nd place.

Stacey Tadd, who is competing at her first World Championships, finished in 39th place overall as she missed out on a place in the semi-final of the women’s 200m Breaststroke. She swam well but touched outside of her personal best in a time of 2:32.01.

-ENDS-

The British Gas Swimming Team set to compete in Rome comprises:

Rebecca Adlington – Nova Centurion
Jazmin Carlin – Swansea ITC
Jess Dickons – Stockton/Bath ITC
Ellen Gandy – Tritans, Melbourne
Fran Halsall – City of Liverpool/Loughborough ITC
Louise Henley - University of Edinburgh
Georgia Holderness – Millfield School
Jo Jackson – Derwentside/Loughborough ITC
Jemma Lowe – Stockton
Caitlin McClatchey - Loughborough University/Loughborough ITC
Hannah Miley – Garioch
Keri-Anne Payne – Stockport Metro/Stockport ITC
Lizzie Simmonds - Loughborough University/Loughborough ITC
Amy Smith - Loughborough University
Gemma Spofforth – Portsmouth Northsea/Florida
Stacey Tadd - University of Bath
Lowri Tynan - Wrexham
Katherine Wyld – Nova Centurion
Emma Wilkins – Plymouth Leander

Robert Bale - Loughborough University/Loughborough ITC
Adam Brown – Hatfield
Simon Burnett – Windsor
David Carry – Aberdeen Dolphins/Stockport ITC
Richard Charlesworth - Hatfield
Ross Davenport - Loughborough University/Loughborough ITC
David Davies – City of Cardiff /Loughborough ITC
James Gibson – Marseille
Kris Gilchrist – University of Edinburgh
James Goddard - Stockport Metro/Stockport ITC
Tom Haffield – City of Cardiff
Ian Hulme – City of Sunderland
Andy Hunter – Stirling Swimming/Stirling ITC
Marco Loughran – Guildford City
Michael Rock - Stockport Metro/Stockport ITC
Robbie Renwick – City of Glasgow
Joe Roebuck - Loughborough University
Lewis Smith – Warrender/Stirling ITC
Liam Tancock - Loughborough University/Loughborough ITC
Grant Turner - Loughborough University/Loughborough ITC
Chris Walker-Hebborn – Team Ipswich/Bath ITC
Richard Webb – University of Bath

Diving events take place from 17th – 25th July
Synchro takes place from 18th – 25th July
Open Water takes place from 19th – 25th July
Swimming takes place from 26th July – 2nd August

For further details contact British Swimming Media Officer Gemma Field on 01509 632238, 07917 726431 or email gemma.field@swimming.org

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