Swimmers looking for the next Jazz Carlin

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The Swansea University swimming team are anticipating another successful season, collectively and individually after a year of making headlines.

The team, led by performance captain Chris Titterington, finished fourth in two major university events – the short course championships in November and the long course championships in February.

But it was the exploits of three particular team members that stand out.

As the 2012 Olympics rapidly approaches the British team can call international standard swimmers from Swansea University.

Before the 2010-11 university term had even begun, Georgia Davies, Jazz Carlin, and Megan Gilchrist competed at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Carlin collected a silver medal in the 200m freestyle and a bronze in the 400m freestyle.

Davies also finished with a bronze, coming third in the 40m backstroke.

The British University and College Sports (Bucs) championships saw Swansea University competing at the top with Loughborough, Bath and Stirling.

With fourth place finishes in both the long course and short course events, the team were content but are aiming for better next time.

This summer, Carlin and Davies represented Britain at the Fina World Championships.

They made the semi-finals in 400m/800m freestyle and 50m backstroke respectively.

Also, Davies – competing in her first world championships, swam the lead off leg in the 4x100m medley relay.

Not to be outdone, Gilchrist took part in the Universiade Student Games, held in Shenzhen, China, where she set a personal best (PB) in finshing fourth in the 1500m freestyle and fifth in the 800m freestyle.

Titterington said: “This season is a huge year for everyone with the Olympics in the summer.”

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