Joe Roebuck and Lizzie Simmonds strike gold at British Gas International Meet
The Bath Intensive Training Centre ended the inaugural British Gas International Swimming Meet with two more gold medals.
They went to Joe Roebuck in the men's open 200m individual medley and Lizzie Simmonds in the 200m backstroke, both swimmers having relocated to Bath from Loughborough since the Olympics.
Roebuck, who also won the 100m and 200m butterfly double in Leeds, took the race out from the start in a commanding performance which saw him secure gold in 2mins 0.04secs.
“It was really tough race tonight but I enjoyed being up against such a high-calibre field," said Roebuck, who competed in three events at the London 2012 Olympics.
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"I’m concentrating on the 200m IM, 200m fly and 100m fly at the moment rather than the 400IM, so I’m glad to have won gold in each of those events.
“I enjoy the 200m more so I will be focusing on that for the rest of the season and will continue to work hard on my sprint speed in training.”
Simmonds also dominated from the gun to win in a time of 2:10.25 ahead of Hazel Grove's Lauren Quigley and Dutch swimmer Sharon Van Rouwendaal.
“It’s been an average week for me," said Simmonds, who finished fourth in the 200m backstroke at the Olympics.
"I’ve been a bit up and down, which I think is a fair representation of how my training has been since the Olympics.
“It’s been a bit of a transition and adaptation for me. I think that’s been reflected in my swimming this week, so it was good to get back on top. It’s good to see where we are this time in the year.”
Ralph Allen student Siobhan-Marie O'Connor ended the meet with her third medal of the week, adding 100m butterfly bronze to the one she won in the 100m breaststroke and her superb 200m IM gold.
O'Connor touched the wall in 59.63, just one-hundredth of a second behind Swansea University's Alys Thomas. Jeanette Ottesen Gray of the Netherlands took gold.