The 2015 Mare Nostrum series kicks off this weekend in Canet-en-Roussillon, at the Centre de Natation Arlette Franco, in southwest France, where the whole of the selected GB World Championship team will race as they build up to Kazan, which starts 24 July.
For the past couple of weeks the squad have been in Vichy, France at a training camp so they are all now ready and prepared to compete.
Taylor on break
The original 30-strong squad are down to 29, with Commonwealth Champ Sophie Taylor announcing she is taking a break from the sport.
We understand Taylor is currently not enjoying the sport, but we at AquaZone hope a break is just what’s needed and she will be back to race again very soon.
Grainger call up
With City of Sheffield’s Nick Grainger competing in his first Worlds event, AquaZone caught up with him before heading off to Canet.
How did it feel to be named on your first World Championship team?
It felt amazing, like I'm finally on my way to great things.
Did you dream of competing at World Champs when you were a junior swimmer?
Yes I did, I always dreamt of competing at the highest levels of racing.
What are you aiming to achieve at the Mare Nostrum?
Just doing some good racing and practicing my race process.
What was it like competing at London Aquatics Centre again for British Champs this year and how do you look back on your own performances?
I think it was fantastic racing in London and I look back on the competition and think I did all I needed to do.