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UK F-Teamers Ready for British Trials

13 April 2021

From April 14-18, one year later than planned, the British Trials will finally take place for Team GB at the London Aquatic Centre. Dubbed the 'British Swimming Selection Trials' only the very top British swimmers have had the opportunity to enter. With the sole focus of selecting a team for Tokyo, the meet will have a different feel to previous years. Very few heats, very fast swimming, and very few specific times to target for the swimmers in the pool. This year the selection policy is based on consideration times. Swim under that time and you will be considered for a space, not guaranteed as in previous years. There is then the potential for those swimmers who are very close or in tough competitions to battle again at the European Championships. So, with all the uncertainty, swimmers will be aiming to swim as fast as possible to bag a spot on the team! The first swimmers with a seat on the plane should be announced on April 21st.

Jacob Whittle, now currently training at the Loughborough National Centre with coach Mel Marshall is thankful that the big event was pushed out by 12-months. 'It's given me more time to prepare and really fine tune my skills that needed to be improved. I will be going into trials in a better position. My aim is to enjoy the meet and swim my best. I'm feeling great and I'm really looking forward to some great races.'

F-Teamer Jakob Goodman will also be racing the 200m Freestyle as well as the 400m Freestyle, 100m and 200m Butterfly. After missing some big competitions and with a current 200m Freestyle PB of 1:49.42, Jakob is looking to race hard and fast. 'The event I'm most looking forward to is the 200m Freestyle as it's such a competitive event and everyone is going to be swimming really fast. The aim for these trials is to try my best to make the 4x200 Freestyle relay team and to also improve on all my races.' 

Scott Gibson is feeling good for Trials and looking forward to it however he has to endure a 10-hour bus journey to London since they aren't allowed to take public transport to the meet. He's racing in the 100m and 200m Backstroke and is looking for a big PB in the 100 which is his best event. His biggest competition is Luke Greenbank, who has already been preselected for Tokyo and is the British record holder so he is the standard to beat. He is looking forward to experiencing what it is like at a major meet again and is also using this competition as a trial run for the Commonwealth Games trials in a year's time to make sure his preparation is on point by the time it comes around. Scott is grateful that he's had normal training in the pool and gym since the middle of July last year so he has been able to put in a solid block of uninterrupted training since then.

There is scope for GB to take up to 8 Freestyle relay swimmers so fingers crossed for our boys!

Check out the racing schedule below:

14 April
Jakob Goodman - 400 Free

15 April
Mark Ford + Scott Gibson - 100 Back
Jakob Goodman - 200 Fly

16 April
Jacob Whittle - 100 Free

17 April
Jakob Goodman + Mark Ford - 100 Fly
Jacob Whittle - 50 Free

18 April
Jakob Goodman + Jacob Whittle - 200 Free
Mark Ford + Scott Gibson - 200 Back

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