West Norfolk Swimming Club quartet qualify for British Championships
PUBLISHED: 16:28 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:28 20 February 2018
Four members of West Norfolk Swimming Club have earned the right to compete in the prestigious 2018 British Championships in Edinburgh - with a fifth losing her spot at the last minute.
Roxanne Uys, Alex Florence, Luke Bryan, and Molly Lee will all travel north to represent the club at the Edinburgh International Meet from March 1-4. 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 midway point of the selection cycle ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
WNSC head coach Sarah Vanderloo 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 breaststroke, Roxanne Uys will compete 50m and 100m breaststroke, and is the second reserve for 200m breaststroke, Alex Florance swims in the 50m breaststroke while Luke Bryan races in four events – one on each day of competition – the 200m breaststroke and 400m individual medley events, as well as the 800m and 1,500m.
Lara Grace Mount, 15, missed qualification at the 11th hour, when her entry time dropped just below the selection criteria.
“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,” she said.