Seven Added To GBR's London 2012 Squad
Jun 24, 2012 - Craig Lord
The British Olympic Association has added seven swimmers to the Britain squad for London 2012 after ASA Nationals ended on Saturday in Sheffield.
The additions, taking the team to 44 swimmers, are David Carry, Antony James, Marco Loughran, Siobhan-Marie O'Connor, Stephanie Proud, Grant Turner and Chris Walker-Hebborn.
Holding two trials, the first lot staged in London back in March, is not without its troubles (tapers and cycles in the mxi) and among those who may have reason to feel that a pledge of having the biggest possible team at a home Games has not been met are three relay alternatives, Lucy Ellis, 19 and on 1:59 over 200m freestyle, Jac Scott, 21 and on 1.48.5 over 200m free, and Jess Sylvester, an alternative for the 4x100 free.
Another who may feel a touch slighted is teenager Mollie Renshaw, inside FINA A cut over 200m breaststroke in March but second on that occasion and outside the tougher world top 16 time set by British Swimming. Renshaw was not considered to be worth one of the discretionary places that can be granted by head coach Dennis Pursley and performance director Michael Scott.
The experience ticket can be overplayed: back in 2004, Rebecca Adlington and Keri-Anne Payne were among those who just missed the cut. They worked on - and at their first Games in 2008, Adlington took two golds and Payne silver on her way to two world titles.
Whether those who will have tapered three times this year by the time they race at London will prosper remains to be seen.