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Performances show swimming is moving forward

16 December 2013

British Swimming Head Coach Bill Furniss believes performances at last week’s European Short Course Championships clearly demonstrate the progress that is being made within the sport.

The team of 12 swimmers returned from the city of Herning with eight medals – three silver and five bronze – as well as a host of national records but it was the nature of their performances that impressed Furniss the most.

“Overall the team did a very good job. We know the European Short Course Championships isn’t one of the major international meets on the calendar but our performances demonstrated a considerable step forward for us,” said Furniss.

“The event was the highest standard of European Short Course I have been to in terms of depth of quality and our athletes acquitted themselves superbly to make sure they didn’t miss targets or opportunities.”

On their way to an eight-medal haul, The British Gas GBR Swimming Team set one new Commonwealth Record, five British, four English, two Scottish and three Welsh Records as well as a total of 34 personal best times.

“My challenge to the team was to race well,” said Furniss. “And I thought we did that superbly which is reaffirmed by the amount of records and best times achieved.

“One of the most pleasing things about the collective performance was the fact we were very good technically as well as very resilient in our racing.

“I was impressed by our skills – our starts, turns and underwater work have improved and we’re beginning to move forward in this area. It has moved on since the

World Championships in July and is a testament to the work coaches, athletes and sport science are doing in this area.

The results in Denmark were also backed up by some great performances at the Scottish Gas Short Course Championships in Edinburgh which also saw three British Records fall.

Britain’s swimmers conclude their short course season this week when they compete against the USA at the Speedo Duel in the Pool, in Glasgow.

The Duel will see swimmers from Europe and the USA facing off to win points for their team in what has become known as the 'Ryder Cup' of the pool.

Tickets for the event at Tollcross International Swimming Centre (20-21 December) are still available via www.Ticketmaster.co.uk

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