PHOENIX, Arizona, December 18. OLYMPIC Olympic silver medalists Christian Sprenger and Emily Seebohm are on a roll at the Queensland long course championships this week. Sprenger won the 100 breast with a 59.80, just a second off the time he swam to win silver in London. Seebohm, who took silver in the 100 back in the Olympics behind Missy Franklin with a 58.68 after swimming a 58.23 in prelims, won the women's 100 back in Australia with a 59.83. The Australian national team is gearing up for a competition next month that will feature top swimmers from China and South Africa, with prize money on the line.
British Swimming is seeing another hit from the performance review it received last month, as the organization is getting less money from UK Sport for the 2016 Olympic cycle. British Swimming will receive 21.3 million pounds through 2016, down 15 percent from the 25 million pounds paid to British Swimming's Olympic performance efforts for the 2012 Olympics. With the reduction in funds, British Swimming CEO David Sparkes said staff could be cut at the country's Intensive Training Centers, but didn't say exactly how many staff or when the cuts could take place. As we all know, Great Britain did not perform well in their home pool at the London Olympics, but Sparkes said the focus now is squarely on creating remedies for a better performance in Rio de Janeiro.
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