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BRITISH SWIMMING LEGION MOVES ON ROME
A 30-strong legion of British swimmers will compete in Rome this weekend as the athletes continue to work through a period of heavy training in time for a demanding summer schedule of events.
The Seven Hills Trophy has attracted entries from Australia, Poland, France, Sweden, South Africa and Hungary, and these will provide a stern test to a British squad currently in preparation for a busy season that begins at the British Championships next month.
For Head Coach Ian Turner it's a change in direction but it's something he's confident will benefit the swimmers in Rome (8th to 10th June).
"Traditionally we've competed at the Mare Nostrum events in late spring but this year we felt the Rome meet would give our swimmers a stronger test before they begin a big block of training," said Turner.
"It looks like a quality field and our guys will be racing hard this weekend. It's going to be a big test for the British swimmer at this stage of their season.
"Many of the British athletes in Rome will be fatigued through a combination of heavy training, competition and travel but we'll see who has the strength to overcome these obstacles, stand up against the rest of the world and enhance their reputation and confidence."
For many of the squad, Rome will continue a block of six weeks' intense work that began in Phoenix in the U.S. with a demanding three-week camp. This was followed by a meet in California, which produced impressive results, return to Britain and immediately back into the water in readiness for Rome. And the work won't end there.
"At the end of the Rome event many swimmers will have a 10-day camp in Sardinia to look forward to. This will be the last major period of training before the summer season starts and the events that will bring," explained Turner.
"This final element to what has been a challenging time will really test the British swimmer. It puts them against their rivals without being in any shape to race so they'll have to find something else within themselves to stay in the fight.
"We're looking to them to discover that little bit of something extra and then be able to call on that again as they prepare to focus on next year's Olympics in Beijing."
The Seven Hills Trophy in Rome is held from 8th to 10th June. The British Female Swimming squad comprises:
Becky Addlington (Nova Centurion)
Rebecca Cooke (City of Edinburgh)
Georgia Davies (Swim Swansea)
Jess Dickons (Borough of Stockton)
Ellen Gandy (Beckenham)
Fran Halsall (City of Liverpool)
Kate Haywood (Loughborough University)
Jo Jackson (Derwentside)
Jemma Lowe (Borough of Stockton)
Mel Marshall (Loughborough University)
Caitlin McClatchey (Loughborough University)
Hannah Miley (Garioch)
Louise Pate (Heart of Midlothian)
Emma Smithurst (City of Derby)
Jess Sylvester (Calverton and Bingham)
Aimee Wilmott (Middlesborough)
Kathryn Wyld (Nova Centurion)
For results visit: <http://220.127.116.11/risultati/NU/2007/Roma0806200701/indexframe.htm>
For further details contact Dave Richards, British Swimming Media Manager, on 01509 632237, 0778 992 6136 or email [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>