British Olympic Team Racing at Mare Nostrum Barcelona

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Britain’s swimmers destined for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will continue their preparations this weekend when they compete at the Mare Nostrum in Barcelona.

All 26 members of the Olympic swimming team will continue to undergo heavy training while working on their racing techniques ahead of the main event in Rio in just two months’ time.

The event follows on from last month’s European Championships in London where the team emerged successful with 22 medals – more than any other nation – despite training through.

For British Swimming Head Coach Bill Furniss the priority for Barcelona is for athletes and coaches to continue to work hard while stepping up race a quality field.

“We know the event is going to offer a good standard of competition while our athletes continue to train through,” said Furniss.

“The athletes will get another chance to work with their Olympic coach and continue to define that important relationship ahead of Rio. The entire Olympic staff will be there and we will be able to practice those invaluable team behaviours and protocols that reinforce the team.

“In the pool it will be a great opportunity, against some class competition, for the athletes to continue to develop their race preparations and processes.”

The Mare Nostrum is the latest in a programme of British Swimming identified opportunities for the Olympic team.

“Later this month the team will gather once again, this time in Loughborough, and for a couple of days there will be a specific look at our preparations for later finals in Rio,” explained Furniss.

“Athletes will then race again at the end of June or early July before we travel, as Team GB, to Brazil for the Olympic holding camp and the biggest test of our four-year cycle.”

The British Swimming Team set to compete at the Mare Nostrum, Bareclona (11-12 June) comprises:

Craig Benson – University of Stirling

James Guy – Millfield

Cameron Kurle – Millfield

Max Litchfield – City of Sheffield

Ieuan Lloyd – City of Cardiff

Stephen Milne – Perth City

Ross Murdoch – University of Stirling

Adam Peaty – City of Derby

Benjamin Proud – Plymouth Leander

Robert Renwick – University of Stirling

Duncan Scott – University of Stirling

Timothy Shuttleworth – National Centre, Loughborough

Christopher Walker-Hebborn – National Centre, Bath

Daniel Wallace – Warrender

Andrew Willis – National Centre, Bath

Jazmin Carlin – National Centre, Bath

Georgia Coates – City of Leeds

Georgia Davies – National Centre, Loughborough

Eleanor Faulkner – City of Sheffield

Francesca Halsall – National Centre, Loughborough

Camilla Hattersley – City of Glasgow

Hannah Miley – Garioch

Siobhan Marie O’Connor – National Centre, Bath

Molly Renshaw – National Centre, Loughborough

Chloe Tutton – City of Cardiff

Aimee Willmott – London Aquatics Centre PP

British Swimming contributed this report.

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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