Bath swimmers win seven out of eight GB medals

16 December 2013

University of Bath-based swimmers rounded off the European Short Course Championships in impressive style as they won seven of the eight medals collected by the British team.

Michael Jamieson, Jemma Lowe, Chris Walker-Hebborn and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, who all train at British Swimming’s British Gas Bath Intensive Training Centre, each collected medals over the weekend.

They added to the trio of medals already won during the short course championships at Herning in Denmark by O’Connor, Lowe and Sophie Allen.

Eighteen-year-old O’Connor added bronze in the 100m individual medley in a pb on Saturday to her 200m individual medley silver.

Jamieson, a University of Bath Sports Performance graduate, knocked more than a second off his 200m breaststroke British record to win silver in 2:01.43. Chemical Engineering student Andrew Willis also dipped under the old British record finishing fourth in an English record 2:02.99.

Lowe followed her 200m butterfly bronze with silver in the 100m butterfly, lowering her own Welsh record to 56.32 in the process.

And Chris Walker-Hebborn won his first major short course meal with bronze in the 100m backstroke. He swam a pb of 50.44 to finish equal third.

Meanwhile, Sophie Allen lowered her own 100m breaststroke British record to 1:05.65 to finish seventh in the final, and Allen, Lowe and O’Connor formed three-quarters of the GB women’s 4×50 medley relay quartet that broke the British record to finish fourth in 1:46.56.

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