COSSS swimmers qualify for the Olympics and Paralympics

Ellie and Becky - Olympic QualifiersEllie and Becky - Olympic Qualifiers

The British Gas Swimming Championships took place between 3rd and 10th March at the new London Aquatic Centre. As well as being used as selection trials, the Championships this year mirrored the structure and timings of the Olympic events to take place in the same venue in the last week of July. To be certain to be selected for the Games, the first place swimmer had to achieve the FINA A time, and the second place swimmer had to hit a world top 16 time.

COSSS swimmers had an amazing 8 days, resulting in two Olympic (Becky Turner and Ellie Faulkner) and one Paralympic (James Crisp) qualifications!

Photos courtesy of GBswimstars


Becky Turner swam a fantastically controlled race to win the individual free and to secure a place in the individual 200 free and 4x200 free team. Her third place in the 100 free also means she has a place in the 4x100 free team.

Becky Turner 200m Free GoldBecky Turner 200m Free Gold

Ellie Faulkner's superb swim to finish second in the 800 free means she'll be joining Becky Adlington in July in London and her storming swim in the 200 free means there will be two COSSS swimmers in the 4 x 200 free team.

800m Freestyle Silver for Ellie800m Freestyle Silver for Ellie

James Crisp continued his consistently high level of performance in the MC events, finishing 3rd in the 100 back and qualifying for the Paralympics.

James wins 200IM MC SilverJames wins 200IM MC Silver

Although these three swimmers were the COSSS headline grabbers, the performance of the whole squad was fantastic and there was frequent comment made by commentators on the prominence of COSSS competitors in the semi-finals and finals. In the 34 events entered, COSSS was represented in 22 semi-finals or better! Of the 64 swims, 47 were PBs and 9 Yorkshire records were set! The COSSS Yorkshire record breakers were Becky Turner (50 free, 100 free, 200 free), Ellie Faulkner (400 free, 800 free), Matthew Johnson (400 IM), Lewis Coleman (200 IM), Braxston Timm (100 free) and Lucy Spencer (200 IM).

Finally, many congratulations to Matthew Johnson and Nick Grainger who have both qualified for the European Championships and Joe Faulkner who has been selected to swim for GB in the Open Water Trials in Israel in May.

Matthew Johnson - 400IM BronzeMatthew Johnson - 400IM Bronze

A delighted Russ Barber said "I am over the moon with how the team have performed at the Trials. Every single one of the team contributed the results last week. I was also so impressed with the way they supported each other, the professionalism they showed and their will to win. It just all came together so well and showed what fantastic athletes they all are. This has been a long 4 years in the making, but it's absolutely been worth it. We can't relax here though; we need to make sure that we keep the foot to the floor for the various summer competitions. I hope the younger swimmers in the club have been inspired by how their teammates swam in London, and I couldn't be more proud that Becky and Ellie join Karen Mellor (Clifton), Alan Rapley, Janko Gojkovic, James Kirton and James Crisp to the City of Sheffield Olympic fold, as it is a real honour.

I'd like to thank Liz and James Kirton for their hard work and support in making last week a success. Thanks also must go to the club for their hard work and constant support, the Senior Elite squad coaches (Dave, Karen, Mike and Mark) and specialists (Andy, Ian, Rich and Matt), and to Sheffield City Council/SIV for paving the way over these many years."

Russ was interviewed by the BBC's Bob Ballard about COSSS swimmers' impressive performances at the Olympic Trials.  To listen to Russ, click on the following link:

Medallists and finalists


Becky Turner 200 free


James Crisp MC 200 IM

Ellie Faulkner 800 free


Becky Turner 100 free

Ellie Faulkner 200 free, 400 free

Matthew Johnson 400 IM

James Crisp MC 100 back


Braxston Timm 100 fly


Lucy Spencer 200 IM

Tom Sunter 400 free

Lewis Coleman 200 IM


Becky Turner 50 free

Matthew Johnson 200 fly


Tom Sunter 1500 free


David Gregory 100 back


Laura Whitaker (50 free, 100 free), Braxston Timm (100 free, 200 free), Lewis Coleman (200 free, 200 breast), Matthew Johnson (200 IM), David Gregory (200 back)

Other COSSS competitiors:

Emily Longstone (200 free), Isobel Grant (200 fly), Lucy Spencer (100 free, 400 IM), Hannah Wardle (100 breast, 200 breast) Ryan Wilkinson (MC 50 free, MC 100 free), Matthew Johnson (1500 free) Nick Grainger (400 IM, 1500 free), Joe Faulkner (1500 free), Dan Cocking (400 free, 1500 free), James Crisp MC 50 free

For full results, interviews and video clips and races and interviews, go to:


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