Barcelona is next stop for swimmers on the road to Rio 2016

08 June 2016

The four University of Bath-based swimmers selected for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will continue their preparations in Barcelona, Spain this weekend.

Jazz Carlin, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Chris Walker-Hebborn and Andrew Willis – who train with the British Swimming National Centre Bath at the Sports Training Village – will compete at the Mare Nostrum meeting along with the 22 other selected Olympic swimmers.

British Swimming Head Coach Bill Furniss said: “We know the event is going to offer a good standard of competition while our athletes continue to train through.

“The entire Olympic staff will be there and we will be able to practice those invaluable team behaviours and protocols that reinforce the team.

“In the pool it will be a great opportunity, against some class competition, for the athletes to continue to develop their race preparations and processes.

“Athletes will race again at the end of June or early July before we travel, as Team GB, to Brazil for the Olympic holding camp and the biggest test of our four-year cycle.”

Carlin, O’Connor, Walker-Hebborn and Chemical Engineering graduate Willis were the first University of Bath-based athletes to be selected for Rio 2016 during a team announcement at the Sports Training Village last month.

They were joined in the Team GB squad on Wednesday by Pentathlon GB’s Joe Choong, Jamie Cooke, Kate French and Samantha Murray, who also do their swimming training in the London 2012 Legacy Pool.

The pool is also open for use by members of the public and students – click here for full details of swim-fit times and prices.

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