Swim pair fall just short in Games bid
Julian Fletcher and Lisa Blackburn came up short in the their Olympic qualifying bid at the Charlotte Grand Prix in Charlotte, North Carolina yesterday.
Fletcher placed 14th overall in the 100 metres breaststroke after reaching the B final with a time of 1:04.13 while Blackburn came eighth in the womens 100 metres breaststroke A final in a time of 1:13.18, finishing eighth overall among all competitors in that discipline.
Earlier in the morning heats both swimmers set national records as they qualified for the evenings finals.
Fletcher covered the distance in 1:03.89 while Blackburn touched the wall in 1:11.7.
Commenting on the pairs performance, national swimming coach Ben Smith said: I am proud of them making the finals at such a high level meet.
They did not lower their times from this morning (qualifying heats) but they both swam okay.
Fletcher and Blackburn will return to action in the 200 metres breaststroke today.
Both of their main events are the 100 metres breaststroke but we will see what they can do in the 200, Smith said.
Also in action today is Roy-Allan Burch, who has already qualified for the London Games. He swims in the 50 metres freestyle which is his main event.
Burch, who is currently based in North Carolina, warmed up for the meet with an inspiring win in the Open mens 50 metres freestyle at a recent club meet.
Roy has been able to consistently achieve good times and hes feeling strong in the water and doing a lot of work outside of the water, Smith said.
Hes just happy with the level hes at right now in the hope he can bring that time down when we get to London.
Also due to compete this weekend is Olympic hopeful Kiera Aitken at the Acropolis Grand Prix in Greece.
Following this weekends event in Charlotte Burch, Fletcher and Blackburn will travel to California for the Santa Clara Grand Prix.
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