Lynn Swimming Club were represented by Nathan Wells and Natalie Coogans when Great Britain’s best swimmers went head-to-head for the right to represent their country at the Rio 2016 Games.
Wells and Coogan were part of the British Swimming Championships 2016, held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.
The performances determined the make-up of the team bound for Rio in the summer.
On Tuesday, Wells began his campaign with a strong heat swim in the 400 metre freestyle, earning him a place in the junior final later that evening. He swam a fantastic race to finish fifth in a season’s best time of 4.02.54. On Wednesday, Coogans competed in the 200m breastroke, narrowly missing out on a final place.
She finished 12th in a time of 2.34.64 just 0.02sec outside her personal best.
Wells was back in the pool on Thursday with the 400 metre IM where he again demonstrated that he is quickly improving through the year with another season’s best time of 4.40.76, placing him 18th. He continued his busy programme with the gruelling 1500 metre freestyle on Friday. Wells executed the race beautifully with a supreme display of pacing, thus proving that he was quickly learning and becoming more comfortable on the big stage.
He finished seventh in a time of 16.19.40.
On Saturday, Wells admirably shook off the effects of the 1500m to race the 200 metre IM, just missing out on a final place in another season’s best of 2.11.14 and finishing 15th.
He rounded off a long week in style by reaching another final in the 200 metre freestyle on Sunday.
An attacking heat swim granted him his wish and he once again stepped up in the evening to finish fifth in the junior final in a season’s best time of 1.54.32. The duo now turn their attention to the forthcoming East Region Championships, joining their West Norfolk team-mates. Hopefully, the experience of competing at the highest level of domestic swimming in Glasgow will fuel their drive for medals and secure their places at this summer’s National Championships.