Nicola Charlesworth made it on to the podium at the National ASA Long Course Championships at the weekend - the City of Cambridge swimmer took bronze in the 400m Individual Medley at Manchester Aquatics Centre with a PB of 4.56.49, a clear five seconds ahead of fourth-placed Leeds swimmer Julia Preston.
And she narrowly missed out on another medal, finishing fourth in the 200m IM on 2.21.40, this time deprived of her podium place by another Leeds swimmers, Rebecca Shaw who just out-touched Charlesworth with 2.21.09
Nic, a familiar figure at our home training pool, had already competed in the 50m breastroke and 100m butterfly when the competition began on Friday. In the latter she tied in eighth place but, despite pulling a personal best of 1.04.64 (check this) out of the bag in a swim-off, she had to settle for ninth place in the end, while in the breastroke she finished 11th overall with 35.35.
Team mate Liam Wardley, back briefly from his fast track training in Australia, made it through to two finals, the 200m and 400m IM, finishing in seventh place each time – in the 400 he touched on 4.45.81, while in the 200 he finished on 2.13.76.
And there was gold for Ian Sharpe in the multi-disability event’s 50 fly – Sharpe, who trains at Cambridge, took first place finishing with a blistering 28.74.
Head coach Tim Westlake was in Manchester for the meet. He said: “It was a great effort from all our swimmers. Nic did particularly well with her third and fourth IM places, while gold for Ian was a great achievement. And it was good to see Liam back from Australia for the championships.”