Swansea swim to success

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Emma Smithurst was Swansea University’s star in the pool as she won four medals and broke two Bucs records in the short course swimming competition held in Sheffield.

The first year sport science student swam the 200m in 2:10.97 and the 400m in 4:97.93, setting the new records.

Smithurst, who began swimming competitively at the age of 10, said: “I didn’t expect to do as well as I did.

“The times were good for me personally, especially for this early in the season. The 200m time is my new personal best.”

With the London 2012 Olympic trials coming up in four months, Smithurst played down her chances of making the Great Britain squad.

She added: “Who knows, anything could happen.”

Loughborough won the tournament with 360 points and Bath came second with 285, leaving Swansea in third out of the 44 teams with 189 points.

Captain Chris Titterington said he was “so happy” with his young team’s performance over the weekend.

“We are all really excited about what we can achieve with some hard work in preparation for the next competition in February,” he said.

Team mates Ross Douglas and Adam Mallett also stood on the podium over the weekend.

Douglas picking up bronze in the 400m freestyle and training partner Mallett also finishing third in the men’s 200m butterfly.

The team will next be competing in the Swim Wales Winter event, which is scheduled for December 16-18.

And also over the Christmas break, Swansea University’s swimmers will fly off to America to compete in California and Texas for further competitions.

Douglas added: “With a competition this early in the year, it’s about seeing where you are.

“Next year is the Olympic year, so everything means a little bit more.”

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