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BRITISH GAS SWIMMERS CONTINUE GOOD FORM IN HEATS

29 Jul 2009
The British Gas Swimming team continued their good form as they secured four semi-final places after good performances on the fourth day of the swimming programme at the FINA World Championships.

The men’s 200m Individual Medley saw both James Goddard and Joe Roebuck reach the semi-final after good swims in heat number nine.

The British Gas swimmers were competing alongside Beijing Olympic silver medallist Laszlo Cseh and they knew it was going to be tough to progress to the semi-final.

Both Brits performed well from the start and Goddard touched in second place in a time of 1:58.40 to qualify as the sixth fastest athlete for the semi-final.

Roebuck finished in a time of 1:59.65 to seal fourth place in the heat and he goes into the semi-final ranked in 15th place.

World Champion Gemma Spofforth and Elizabeth Simmonds took to the pool in the first event of the day, the 50m Backstroke, in a morning that saw the Championship record broken.

World record holder Spofforth swam in heat twelve and knew she had to post a fast time in order to make the semi-final. Spofforth touched in a time of 28.19 to qualify in ninth place for the semi-final.

Simmonds took part in heat thirteen and she was in the heat that saw the Championship record go. The 200m Backstroke specialist touched in a time of 28.78 and finished in 19th place overall to miss out on the semi-final.

British record holder Ellen Gandy and Jess Dickons went into the heats of the women’s 200m Butterfly and fought to secure a place in the semi-final as the world record was broken.

Dickons was drawn into heat four and she took on Jessicah Schipper (Australia) and Mary Descnza (USA). Schipper forced the heat to be quick by turning under the world record at the half way point but Descenza stole the record from the Australian on the touch.

Dickons swam well and touched in a time of 2:10.32 but missed the semi-final after finishing in 24th place overall.

Gandy, who broke the European record in March, didn’t have the best start and touched in eighth place at the 50m mark. But impressed through the final 100m as she fought back to take second place in her heat in a time of 2:07.33. She goes into the semi-final ranked in tenth place.

Simon Burnett and Adam Brown didn’t progress to the semi-final of the men’s 100m Freestyle despite swimming just outside of the personal best times.

British record holder Burnett was drawn into heat twenty and he swam a good race and touched home in fifth place in a time of 48.57. But was ranked in 20th place overall and missed the semi-final by 0.10 seconds.

Brown touched home in eighth place in the final heat and secured a time of 48.90 and was in 28th place overall.

-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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