Swimmers on the podium in the states

11 Mar 2019

Three British swimmers stepped onto the podium in the USA last week, as a small British team enjoyed a competitive outing ahead of the British Championships.

An 18-strong squad of British athletes travelled stateside for the USA Swimming’s TYR Pro Swim Series in Des Moines, which ran from Wednesday 6 to Saturday 9 March, with James Wilby, Charlotte Atkinson and Imogen Clark all in good form.

Wilby was undoubtedly the pick of the bunch with silver in the 100m breaststroke on day one, which he backed up with bronze in 200m breaststroke later in the meet. In the shorter event the Loughborough swimmer split 2016 world champion Michael Andrew and Rio 2016 bronze medallist Cody Miller.

Sticking with the breaststroke Loughborough University’s Imogen Clark clinched silver in the 50m breaststroke, missing out on the win by just one hundredth of a second. Despite still being in heavy training, her 30.68 at BUCS last month sees her sitting pretty at the top of the world rankings.

The final medallist of the meet was Charlotte Atkinson who took bronze in the 200m Butterfly on the opening day, before solid swims in the 50m and 100m rounded out a good solid few days of work. Just missing out on a spot on the podium was Molly Renshaw, as she finished fourth in the 200m Breaststroke having also made the 100m final.

Next up for a number of the leading British swimmers is the Edinburgh International, which takes place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool from Friday 15 – Sunday 17 March. It’s then onwards to the British Swimming Championships in April, where World Championship qualification is up for grabs. Tickets for that event are on sale now.

Full results can be found by clicking here