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Silver lining for Davies in Poland

10th December 2011

Georgia Davies and Joe Roebuck continued the British Gas GBR Swimming Team’s medal charge with silver and bronze respectively at the European Short Course Championships in Sczcecin, Poland.

Confidence has been high in the British camp after medals from Hannah Miley, Jemma Lowe, Jess Dickons and Amy Smith over the opening two days.

I'm so pleased - I got a new personal best and went faster each round.

And Davies kept the party going with a courageous effort to win silver in the 50m Backstroke.

The Commonwealth bronze medallist smashed her Welsh record in the final as she ducked under 27 seconds for the first time, ultimately touching in 26.93.

And the British Gas ITC Swansea swimmer insisted the medal was the perfect remedy to yesterday’s disappointment at not making the podium in the 100m Backstroke.

“I’m really pleased with that,” said the Davies. “I got a new personal best, and unlike my hundred I went faster in each round.”

“I was disappointed with my time this morning but I think I was still groggy from last night.

“I raced the girls next to me and as well as I could and luckily I ended up with a medal. My luck tends to take me to bronze so I’m so glad it changed and I won silver.”

Roebuck came through in a dramatic 200m Butterfly final to win his first European Short Course medal at his fourth attempt.

I have had a lot of fourth places at European Short Course so it feels great to finally get a medal round my neck

Having qualified second fastest for the final, the Commonwealth and European medallist looked out of touch at the half-way point but stormed back to touch in 1:51.62 – less than half a second shy of his British record.

And the Loughborough University swimmer admitted the medal was the perfect confidence boost ahead of next year’s British Gas Swimming Championships.

“I’m very happy with that,” said Roebuck. “I made some technical mistakes but I can’t complain as I got a medal.

“I came here to race un-rested and have got stronger as the meet has gone on.

“It’s the last chance to compete against the top nations swimmers and it’s great race practice ahead of the Olympic trials.

“I have had a lot of fourth places at European Short Course so it feels great to finally get a medal round my neck.”

Adam Brown continued his encouraging start to the season as he finished fourth in the 100m Freestyle, missing out on a medal by a fingernail in a dash for the wall.

The British record holder had already set a personal best en route to fifth in the 50m Freestyle on the opening day of competition and looked strong throughout the 100m final, eventually stopping the clock on 47.51 – just 0.05 behind Hungary’s Krisztian Takacs in bronze.

“I was pleased with the result,” said Brown. “My aim was to get in the top five but I’m disappointed with fourth place as I was so close to third.

“My focus now is the British Gas Swimming Champs in March and then hopefully the Olympics. Going into next year it’s going to be exciting.”

Hannah Miley and Anne Bochmann finished fifth and ninth respectively in the 400m Freestyle final.

It’s a fun event so I just got in, enjoyed it and got a best time and I can’t ask for more than that.

Having opened up her account in Poland with 200m Individual Medley bronze on Thursday, Miley set a Scottish record of 4:04.45 to reach the final before slicing another three seconds off it with her effort of 4:01.46.

And with her favourite 400m Individual Medley still to come on the final day tomorrow, Miley admitted her hot-streak in Poland had taken her by surprise.

“I don’t know where that came from,” she said. “I’ve always had a struggle with the 400m free and I’ve tried to work hard on it.

“It’s a fun event so I just got in, enjoyed it and got a best time and I can’t ask for more than that.”

Teenager Bochmann was competing in her first international final since the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

And after setting a personal best 4:05.14 to qualify for the final in Poland, the 18-year old said she was happy to be competing at the top level again after a back injury disrupted her progress last season.

“I’m still in hard training so this meet was about coming here to see how I’m progressing,” said Bochmann.

“It’s about getting experience on an international scale and I’m really pleased with my times.”

Georgia Davies was back in the pool a matter of minutes after her individual medal and came within a whisker of collecting another in the 4x50m Medley Relay.

The Welsh swimmer was joined by yesterday’s 100m Freestyle bronze medallist Amy Smith as well as Stacey Tadd and Jemma Lowe, as they finished in 1:48.74 – just 0.04 off Poland in bronze.

Tadd and Lowe were also in individual action on day three, competing in the 100m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke semi finals respectively.

Lowe enjoyed the most success, qualifying second fastest for tomorrow’s final where she will look to add to her silver from the 200m Butterfly earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, Tadd clocked a personal best 1:07.85 as she finished 13th overall in the 100m Breaststroke.

Jess Dickons and Kris Gilchrist were also in semi final action.

Dickons finished 15th in the 100m Butterfly with another personal best of 59.11. Her British Gas ITC Bath team mate Gilchrist was 16th in the 100m Individual Medley.

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