Four West Norfolk Swimming Club athletes have achieved the prestigious right to compete in the 2018 British Championships in Edinburgh, whilst a fifth lost her spot at the last minute.
Roxanne Uys, Alex Florence, Luke Bryan, and Molly Lee will all travel North to
represent West Norfolk Swimming Club at the Edinburgh International Meet between Thursday 1st and Sunday 4th March. They will compete in 10 events over the course of the Championships.
Success at the meet will open the pathway for selection to international meets including the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. The meet also marks the mid way point of the selection cycle ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
WNSC Head Coach said “This really is a fantastic attainment for all swimmers who have qualified. It’s an open age group qualification, meaning there are no allowances on the really tough entry times for younger swimmers, so they have done particularly well.
It’s also a great achievement for our club. This is the largest group of British Champs qualifiers we have ever produced. The team spirit is phenomenal across all our squads, and we all share a little in the success of our swimmers who are heading to the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.”
Molly Lee will race in the 50m, 100m and 200m breast stroke on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Roxanne Uys will compete 50m and 100m breast stroke, and is the 2nd reserve for 200m breast stroke.
Alex Florance swims in the 50m breast stroke on Sunday morning.
Luke Bryan races in four events, one on each day of competition, the 200m breast stroke and 400m individual medley events, as well as the 800m and1500m.
All will be hoping to make the final of their event, to be held during the third session each day, with a view to winning a medal.
Lara Grace Mount, 15 was pushed out of qualification at the eleventh hour, when her entry time dropped just below the selection criteria. Lara said ‘I was really disappointed to lose my place at such a late stage, but it will just spur me on to continue improving and make sure of my place in 2019’
The championships will be live streamed by British Swimming via their YouTube channel.
Picture - West NorfolkSwimming Club 2018 British Championships qualifiers:Roxanne Uys, Alex Florance, Lara Grace Mount, Luke Bryan, Molly Lee