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College and University swimmers qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games

12 March 2012

Three University of Bath based swimmers have joined the long list of athletes from Further and Higher Education sectors who have been selected to compete for Team GB at this summer's London 2012 Olympic Games.

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The University of Bath's Michael Jamieson (pictured middle), who is a sports performance student and his university colleague Andrew Willis (pictured far left), who studies chemical engineering, have both qualified for the 200m breastroke event at the Olympic Games. They will be joined by the university's Stacey Tadd, who claimed gold in the women's 200m breaststroke event at the British Gas Swimming Championships.

Elsewhere, University of Strathclyde sports engineering student Robbie Renwick became the first UK swimmer to secure places in two events in London (200m and 400m freestyle). 

In addition, Swansea University law student Georgia Davies has qualified for the 100m backstroke event at the Games, whereas Xaverian Sixth Form College's Jessica Lloyd will be sporting Team GB colours in the 4x100m freestyle.

In the men's 100m butterfly event, former University of Manchester law student Michael Rock ensured his London 2012 spot and Hannah Miley, a Robert Gordon University sports and exercise student and RGU: Sport scholar, will contest both the 400m and 200m individual medley events at the Games. She will be joined by 22-year-old Sophie Allen, of Open University, in the latter event.

On the final night of the seven-day London 2012 swimming trials at the Aquatics Centre, Loughborough University's Dan Fogg became the 11th Loughborough swimmer to make the GB Olympic Team. He won the 1500m freestyle title and will compete in London along with 17-year-old Loughborough University and Loughborough ITC swimmer Elizabeth Simmonds (200m backstroke) and Amy Smith (100m and 50m freestyle). 

Fogg, Simmonds and Smith join a list of eight other Loughborough University athletes to have secured a place at the London Games:

Ross Davenport (4x200m freestyle relay)
Fran Halsall (100m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle)
Kate Haywood (100m breaststroke)
Joanne Jackson (400m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle)
Caitlin McClatchey (4x200m freestyle relay)
Roberto Pavoni (400m individual medley and 200m butterfly)
Joe Roebuck (200m and 400m individual medley and 200m butterfly)
Liam Tancock (100m backstroke)

To find out who each of the 38 swimmers to be selected for this summer's Olympic Games in London are, please visit the Team GB website.

19 male and 19 female swimmers achieved their places on Team GB by securing the FINA ‘A’ or top 16 world ranked qualifying standard and finishing in the top two places at the qualification event.

By Stuart Appleby

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