A selection of Britain’s best will be competing overseas in the Belgian city of Anterp at the Flanders Speedo Cup this weekend, hoping to get the Olympic year off to a winning start.
British Swimming’s Chris Spice “For the vast majority of the squad, this will be their first hit out of the year"
The girls will be strongly represented, with Commonwealth Games double gold medallist Fran Halsall striving for her first victory of the year in the 50m and 100m Freestyle, no doubt challenged by the powerful Lauren Quigley, with youngster Georgina Boyle hot on the pair’s heels.
Jessica Fullalove will be hoping for a place on the podium in the 200m Backstroke on Saturday, whilst Aimee Wilmott is seeded first for all three of her three events, the 200m and 400m IM and the 200m Butterfly.
Here come the boys!
Double World champion James Guy will be going in to the freestyle events as favourite, as he continues his preparation towards the British Championships in April where qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games can be earned.
World record holder Liam Tancock will be looking for victory in the 50 backstroke, while Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Andrew Willis will be hoping for a chance to stand on top of the podium in the 200m Breaststroke, for which he is going in to as top seed.
Performance Director Chris Spice
British Swimming’s NPD Chris Spice commented, “For the vast majority of the squad, this will be their first hit out of the year, while they’re very much still in the middle of a big block of training as they prepare to meet the goals that have been set for 2016.”
The full British squad for the Flanders Speedo Cup can be found by clicking here.