CHAMPIONS! PLYMOUTH LEANDER TOP ARENA LEAGUE

Plymouyth Leander swim team logoPlymouth Leander Swimming are club champions of England & Wales for the fourth time in five years after dominating the 43rd National Arena League Final in Sheffield.

From the outset Leander – coached by Jon Rudd – set the pace in the pool and eventually won 22 of the 50 events breaking eight meet records in the process.

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OPEN WATER Olympian Patten retires from swimming

Cornwall’s 2008 Olympic open water bronze medallist Cassandra Patten has announced her retirement from swimming due to an ongoing shoulder injury.


Cardinham-born Patten, 24, won bronze in Beijing and has two World Championship 10 km Open Water silvers.

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WEST TRIO GET WORLD JUNIOR CALL

The Great Britain team for August's 3rd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Lima, Peru, will include Plymouth Leander's rising young star Grant Halsall and Bath teenage swiming sensation Siobhan-Marie O'Connor.

The 18-strong squad announced by British Swimming also includes Amelia Maughan (Millfield/British Gas ITC Bath) as well as new senior national 200 metres individual medley champion O’Connor (TeamBath/Bath University).

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DEVON'S TANCOCK ON TOP THE WORLD

world 50m backstroke champion Liam Tancock, courtesy & copyright pinnacle photo agency ukLiam Tancock defended his 50m backstroke world title to collect a third gold medal for the British Gas GBR Swim Team on the final day of the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai.

Having qualified fastest for the final, the world record holder from Exeter dominated from the gun before touching in 24.50 – the fourth fastest time of his career and his quickest for two years.

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PLYMOUTH'S JAMES FLYS TO WORLD FINALS

plymouth leander's antony james, courtesy and copyright pinnacle photo agency ukDevon’s Commonwealth Games silver medallist Antony James clocked a season’s best time in the British Gas ASA National Championships men’s 100m Butterfly final to dip under the time needed to qualify for next month's 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai.

 

The Plymouth Leander swimmer led from gun to wall, ultimately touching in a season’s best 52.13 at Pond’s Forge, Sheffield.

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TANCOCK SIXTH IN WORLD 100 FINAL

exeter's world champion 50m backstroke swimmer liam tancockExeter's Commonwealth champion Liam Tancock narrowly missed out on the 100m Backstroke medals on day three of the 2011 FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai.

The British Gas ITC Loughborough swimmer, who will begin the defence of his world 50m Backstroke title on Saturday, clocked a season’s best 53.25 from lane one to finish just 0.26 off the podium positions in China.

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DEVON SWIMMERS TEAM UP FOR ENGLAND BRONZE

Exeter's double Commwealth Games backstroke gold medallist Liam Tancock and Plymouth Leander's butterfly silver medallist Antony James teamed up for England to win bronze medals in the men's 4x 100m medley relay at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Tancock put England ahead after the first 100 in 53.66 and James kept England in the hunt for silver in the third leg but England (3.36.31)  just missed out with South Africa claiming silver in 3.36.12.

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