Laura Kinley and Charlotte Atkinson became the first Team IoM swimmers to achieve 2018 Commonwealth Games consideration times when competing in the Amsterdam Cup recently.
Representing Loughborough University against a world-class field, they recorded the times in their preferred events of the 50m, 100m and 200m in breaststroke and butterfly respectively.
It was then back to the shorter pool for Kinley and Atkinson as they joined up with three team-mates to compete in the ASA short course winter meet in Sheffield the following weekend, the team setting seven new senior island records and achieving 13 short course consideration times for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Atkinson set a new island record in the heats of the 100m butterfly, while in the final she went even faster to set a new mark of 58.83s and finish fourth. She was sixth in the 200m butterfly in 2:10.88, while the 50m butterfly saw her finish second in the B final with a time of 27.22.
She achieved 2018 consideration times in all three events and also competed in the 50m freestyle, finishing in 26.75.
Kinley was not to be outdone, setting a new island record in the 100m breaststroke heats and finishing ninth in the final. She won the 50m breaststroke B final in 31.62, achieving 2018 consideration times in both events. Laura also competed in the 50m freestyle, touching in 26.37.
Niamh Robinson undoubtedly had the busiest programme, swimming in six events and setting new personal bests in each one. She set a new island record in the heats of the 100m individual medley and then swam faster in the final to pick up a bronze medal in a time of 1:02.04.
In the 200m IM, Robinson finished fourth, again setting new island records in both the heats and finals, her latter time being 2:12.86. In the 100m breaststroke final she finished closely behind Kinley in 10th place in a time of 1:08.52, while she was ninth in the 50m B final in a time of 32.36. Niamh finished the 50m butterfly in 28.02 and the 50m backstroke in 29.13.
She achieved 2018 consideration times in the 200m IM, 100m breaststroke and 50m backstroke.
Guy Davies competed in the three breaststroke events, setting a couple of season’s bests in the process. In the 50m he finished in 30.59, then swam the 100m in 1:05.30 and the 200m in 2:22.94.
Alex Bregazzi competed in two events in Sheffield despite being ill. In the 100m individual medley he finished in 1:00.12 while in the 200m freestyle he recorded 1:54.43.
While his Glasgow team-mates were competing in Sheffield, Tom Bielich enjoyed a fine competition at the City of Bristol Short Course Open Meet.
He won the 100m freestyle in a new island record of 51.56, beating the time set by Grant Halsall shortly before he travelled to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.