British International Championship Paralympic Trials

By Sarah Douglas

18th April 2012

7th/8th April 2012, Ponds Forge, Sheffield

It was an exciting weekend for five swimmers from the City of Cambridge Disability Squad, as they raced in the British International Championships/ Paralympic Trials at Pondís Forge, Sheffield. Over forty different countries were represented, including Britainís paralympic hopefuls, as this was the last chance to qualify for London 2012!

Alice Rush set the pace for Cambridge with a strong swim in the 100 metres backstroke, finishing just outside her entry time.

Next event was 50 metres backstroke which saw Rebecca Lawes and Paul Bloss swimming. This was Rebeccaís first long course swim and she was the only British swimmer in this event but undaunted she swam her way into the B final, where she narrowly missed 3rd place.

50 freestyle is always a popular event for the Cambridge swimmers. Annabel Harvey led the way in her heat to swim an excellent race and knock over 3 seconds off her entry time. Jonathan Douglas equalled his short course personal best, while Alice Rush also swam a strong race, just outside her long course time.

Paul Bloss found himself with the task of swimming 100 metres breaststroke, when he was expecting 50 metres! This was a real challenge for Paul who persevered to gain a time of 3:54.31. 100m freestyle saw Jonathan Douglas in the lead for much of his heat while Alice Rush knocked a second off her long course time.

The final day saw a great swim in the 400 metres for Alice Rush, who just missed qualifying for the youth final for this event.

Coach Dave Horne said he was delighted with the weekendís swims. The only hiccup was the mistake in Paulís classification which meant he had to swim a distance he hadnít trained for. He is now correctly reclassified as an S3 and knowing Paul he will be back stronger next year.

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