This weekend saw a number of Britain’s swimming elite competing in Australia, where squads are currently based on warm weather training camps, with teams racing at both the Miami Super Challenge on the Gold Coast, and in the Victoria Open Championships held in Melbourne.
Miami Super Challenge
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor started her year in style, clinching two golds, in both the 100m Breast and the 100m Back. Siobhan notched a speedy PB in the Breast, clocking in at 1.07.79, setting her on the right tracks for an exciting Olympic year. Siobhan was followed closely by teammates Sarah Vasey and Molly Renshaw, earning silver and bronze respectively.
City of Derby’s World Record holder Adam Peaty continued from last year’s successes, with a clear victory in the 100 Breast also, finishing in a time of 1.00.05, over three seconds ahead of his nearest rival.
Other notable wins came from Jemma Lowe in the 100m Fly, Chris Walker-Hebborn in the 50m Free and 100 Back, Jack Burnell in the 1500m Free, Luke Greenbank in the 200 Back, as well as youngster Harriet Cooper claiming first place in the 50m Free.
In Melbourne, Daniel Jervis stormed to victory in the 1500m Freestyle, clocking a time of 15.10.87.
Meanwhile, Welsh teenager Chloe Tutton picked up bronze in the 200m Breaststroke in a closely fought final, with just a fraction of a second separating the podium places.