Nationals preview

British Gas ASA National Swimming Championships 2014

Lincoln Vulcans Swimming Club will be represented by a total of 7 athletes at this years Championships with another swimming with the Beacon Programme based in Sheffield. Brad Westlake, Abbie Burr, Tara Haworth and Sophie Hart are competing in 17 events between them; disability swimmer, Becky Franks, will take again compete at Nationals and overseas-based Lauren Freeman and Oliver Brache will also be taking part.

Westlake will be looking to cement his place as a very promising up-and-coming athlete having made the step up to senior competition this season. Burr and Haworth are in the lower half of the dual age-band so will look to enhance their ranking and competitive experience in preparation for next season. Hart will be wanting to compete in the final of both events she has qualified for, currently just outside the top ten in the country.

Maya Westlake has chosen to represent City of Sheffield, the region’s Beacon Programme, which allows her compete individually but additionally with relay teams expected to medal.

There is also hope for Emily Walsh who may still qualify for the National Open Water Championship if she wins the Regional competition in early July.

Head coach Michael Glossop adds: “These swimmers deserve much credit for all the hard work they have put in since I arrived in March. All the swimmers in the programme have adapted well to my coaching philosophies and are starting to reap the benefits of improved skills and technique. I’m excited for this years National Championships but even more so for the years to come with so much promise on show.”