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National Championships Olympic Selection Trials (2012)

Windsor Swimming Club sent a squad of seven athletes to compete at last week's National Championships Olympic Selection Trials at the new Aquatic Center in Stratford.

Simon Burnett, a veteran of the club who trains in Arizona qualified for the British Olympic Team in the 100m Freestyle by winning the event in a time of 49.3. His time overall ranks as the fastest in the country this year, and so he will take his place on the 4x100 Freestyle Relay during the Olympics this Summer for his third consecutive Games.


Burnett also placed third in the 50m Freestyle in a time of 22.59, marginally ahead of teammate Robert Iddiols, who finished fourth with a personal best time of 22.91. Iddiols therefore narrowly misses out on qualification for the British Team, but will turn his attention to the 'Second Chance' Trials in June where final selections will be made before the Olympics.

Also in the men's events, Ian Hulme placed ninth in the 100m Butterfly with a time of 53.7, frustratingly missing a place in the final by just two hundredths of a second. His younger teammate Oliver Leonard, competing in the same event, finished with a time of 58.0 shortly after competing in the heats of the 50m Freestyle in which he clocked a new personal best time of 23.9.

On the women's side, sixteen year-old Lucy Campbell raced alongside Rebecca Adlington in the heats of the 800m Freestyle, and finished with a terrific personal best time of 8.56.1, enough to book her a place at the European Junior Open Water Championships later this year.

Katie Ambridge swam both the 100m and 200m Butterfly, touching with times of 1.02.4 and 2.18.8 respectively, and teammate Lily Glover finished fractionally behind Ambridge in the 200 with a strong time of 2.19.8.

Windsor were also in action at the County Championships in Aldershot last weekend, in which Campbell showed her experience to win the 800m Freestyle, just ahead of Rebecca Dutfield, who placed first in the junior age-group. Other notable swims came from Albert Karavis, who took the top junior award in the 1500m Freestyle, and Mathew Burton, who broke another county record in the ten years age-group. In both relay events Windsor's women took gold while the men took silver, and the squad will look to build on their momentum going into the final session this weekend for the conclusion of the competition.