cooke on the way to melbourne

Rebecca Cooke was the only swimmer to add her name to England’s Commonwealth Games team on the third night of the trials in Sheffield. Meanwhile Simon Burnett reinforced his good form, as he moved to within a tenth of a second of Mark Fosters’s 50m freestyle British Record.
Cooke took the 80m freestyle title in 8:30.51, the only swimmer under the A qualification standard, as she bounced back form her Montreal disappointments. “I had to really mentally prepare myself and that swim has given me a lot of confidence to overcome my problems at the World Championships” she said. The time is her second fastest this year, being eclipsed only by her performance at the World Championship trials
Burnett went through to tomorrow night’s 50m freestyle if al as fastest qualifier after clocking a personal best of 22.29 in the semi finals. That time is only 0.1 off Mark Fosters 2001 British Record of 22.19, but the Bath man remains amongst the favourites for the title going through as second fastest in 22.65.
In the only other final contested, Terri Dunning won the 200m IM in 2:16.73 but was well outside the A standard. She will need to improved by over a second to meet the B and C times and give herself a chance of selection.