City of Manchester’s Jessica Fullalove had a standout competition at the International Swimming Meet in Berlin over the weekend as she took a trio of backstroke victories to secure swimmer of the meet honours.
Fullalove’s victory over 100m in a meet record 1:00.34 was just 0.03 off her lifetime best set late last year and was enough to secure her the swimmer of the meet gong. A second meet record was secured in the one length backstroke dash, which was covered in 28.64, while the dorsal clean sweep was rounded out with a 2:12.13 victory over 200m. The 100m remains her best shot at Olympic selection, in an event which has stagnated a little in Britain over the last two or three years, but Fullalove will need to find at least another 0.6s if she wants to make the plane to Rio.
Another swimmer in action in Berlin maybe with eyes on Rio, was Derby’s Sarah Vasey who returned to the midlands with a brace of breaststroke victories in meet record times. A 50m win in 31.16 as followed by a 1:08.36 win in the 100m. Both swims were just over her lifetime bests, and like Fullalove, Vasey will need to find a bit more in Glasgow to make her way to Brazil, but these were encouraging in-season swims.
Vasey’s Derby teammate Harriet Cooper was the runner up behind Fullalove in the 100m backstroke and won the 100 free in 55.93. Manchester’s Rebecca Guy was 3rd in that final in 56.10.
On the men’s side, Cockermouth’s Luke Greenbank took gold in the 100m backstroke in 55.65 and won the 200m in 2:01.21. The European Games Champion may have been hoping for more in the longer event and will be looking for a big drop at trials.
Full results are here