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Britain Select 38 For Home Games

Mar 10, 2012  - Craig Lord

After eight days of trials at the London Aquatics Centre, Britain selected 38 swimmers for its home Games squad, with relays to be confirmed and additions to be made at team top-up trials in Sheffield in June. 

The last additions to the team today were Daniel Fogg and David Davies, on 14:55.30 and 15:00.73 in the 1500m freestyle respectively - while Fran Halsall booked a third swim with a mega moment: 24.13 in the 50m free, matching the fastest ever in a textile suit - the speed of Inge De Bruijn (NED) back at Sydney 2000. Race reports to follow.

The count of qualifiers 12 men and 16 women raced inside the target times set at the equivalent of around 16th best in the world last year across all  26 solo Olympic events. Keri-Anne Payne had already been selected courtesy if the world 10km title she claimed in Shanghai last summer. A further  two women and seven men (among them 19 making their Olympic debuts), are named for relays. 

Top-up team trials will be held in Sheffield in June for those seeking to take up places not already filled under the Olympic rule of two swimmers per nation in each event. 

The baby of the shoal so far is Jessica Lloyd, 16, while Craig Benson, at 17, is the youngest man. James Goddard, at 29, and Caitlin McClatchey, 26, are the veterans of the squad. 

The Britain Team for 2012:

(athlete/coach/club or British Gas Intensive Training Centre/event)


  • Rebecca Adlington; Bill Furniss; Nova Centurion (400m, 800m freestyle)
  • Sophie Allen; Sean Kelly; Stockport ITC (200m medley)
  • Georgia Davies; Bud McAllister; Swansea ITC (100m backstroke) 
  • Eleanor Faulkner; Russ Barber; City of Sheffield (800m freestyle)
  • Ellen Gandy; Rohan Taylor; Nunawading, AUS (100m, 200m butterfly)
  • Francesca Halsall; Ben Titley, Loughborough ITC  (50m, 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly)
  • Kate Haywood; Rohan Taylor, Nunawading (100m breaststroke)
  • Joanne Jackson; Ben Titley, Loughborough ITC (400m freestyle)
  • Jemma Lowe; Bud McAllister, Swansea ITC (200m butterfly)
  • Hannah Miley; Patrick Miley, Garioch SC (200m, 400m medley)
  • Keri-Anne Payne; Sean Kelly, Stockport ITC (10km marathon)
  • Elizabeth Simmonds; Ben Titley, Loughborough ITC (200m backstroke)
  • Gemma Spofforth; Martyn Wilby, Florida Gators (100m backstroke)
  • Amy Smith; Ian Armiger, Loughboropugh University (100m freestyle)
  • Stacey Tadd; Mark Skimming, Bath ITC (200m breaststroke)
  • Rebecca Turner; Russ Barber, City of Sheffield (200m freestyle)
  • Aimee Willmott; Lisa Bates, Middlesborough (400m medley)


  • Craig Benson; Laurel Bailey, Warrender Baths (100m breaststroke)
  • David Davies; Dave Haller, City of Cardiff (1500m freestyle)
  • Daniel Fogg; Kevin Renshaw, Loughborough ITC (1500m freestyle) 
  • James Goddard; Sean Kelly, Stockport ITC (200m medley) 
  • Michael Jamieson; Dave McNulty, Bath ITC (200m breaststroke)
  • Roberto Pavoni; Kevin Renshaw, Loughborough ITC (200m butterfly, 400m medley)
  • Robert Renwick; Graham Wardell, City of Glasgow (200m, 400m freestyle)
  • Michael Rock; Sean Kelly, Stockport ITC (100m butterfly)
  • Joseph Roebuck; Ian Armiger, Loughborough University (200m butterfly; 200m, 400m medley)
  • Daniel Sliwinski; Sean Kelly, Stockport ITC (100m breaststroke) 
  • Liam Tancock; Ben Titley, Loughborough ITC (100m backstroke)
  • Andrew Willis; Dave McNulty, Bath ITC (200m breaststroke)

Relay members: 


  • Caitlin McClatchey
  • Jessica Lloyd


  • Robert Bale
  • Adam Brown 
  • Simon Burnett 
  • Ross Davenport 
  • James Disney May 
  • Craig Gibbons
  • Ieuan Lloyd

After the swimmers were paraded on the pool deck last night and received by head coach Dennis Pursley and performance director Michael Scott, Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt said: "I am thrilled to welcome a total of 38 swimmers to Team GB. The remarkable strength and depth of British talent within the sport of swimming has been on display throughout the past week in the London 2012 Aquatics Centre. Team GB enjoys a proud tradition in Olympic swimming competition and I’m sure the class of 2012 will produce some thrilling moments in the Olympic competition this summer.

“Many of the swimmers selected to Team GB today have enjoyed success at European, Commonwealth and World level, and I am sure they will be looking to translate their form on to the Olympic stage where they will be encouraged by the support of a passionate and enthusiastic home crowd.

“Based on the times that were recorded during the qualifying event this week, it is clear that the Olympic Development Authority and LOCOG have got it right in building this world-class venue, and we hope to see many inspirational performances from Team GB swimmers in the summer.”