Pressure off ahead of last Olympic test for Siobhan Marie O'Connor and Amelia Maughan
They will not want any resits on their GCSEs but Siobhan Marie O'Connor and Amelia Maughan are delighted to have another crack at their Olympic qualification test.
The 16-year-old Bath swimmers have been concentrating on exams recently, at St Gregory's Catholic College and Kingswood School respectively, but can now turn their full focus back to the pool.
And they will be hoping to produce top-class performances at this week's British Gas ASA National Championships in Sheffield, especially while there are still outside chances of a London 2012 place.
Bitton's O'Connor, a contender for the one remaining 100m breaststroke spot, suffered disappointment at the original trials in March as she finished sixth in her strongest event, the 200m individual medley.
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"Even though my main events are gone, that takes some of the pressure off so you never know," she said.
"Obviously while there is a chance of the Olympics, I will give it my best shot.
"But I am set to have a good summer no matter what happens as I have been named in the squad for the US Open in August.
"It will be a good competition because even though America will have their best swimmers at the Olympics, the squad is so strong that it will still be a good test."
To grab that last 100m breaststroke place, O'Connor will need to improve her PB by 0.65secs and finish ahead of Sophie Allen and Stacey Tadd.
University of Bath swimmer Tadd has already secured Olympic qualification in the 200m breaststroke but was nearly half-a-second adrift of the Fina A time over the shorter distance in March, despite winning silver.
Meanwhile, Maughan – who trains alongside O'Connor at the Bath Intensive Training Centre – will compete in the 100m and 200m freestyle at Ponds Forge as she looks to snatch a relay place.
"I'm going into this event with a great belief that I can do well," she said. "I need a top-six position for the relay team and it would be great if I could achieve that.
"I'm not putting too much pressure on myself, though, I'm at my best when I'm relaxed."
If Maughan misses out on her Olympic dream, she has the consolation of the European Junior Championships in Antwerp to soften the blow from July 4.
"Last year I went to the Europeans and Worlds and got a relay medal in both, so this time I want an individual one," she added.
Anne Bochmann, a 2010 Commonwealth Games swimmer who has recently transferred to train at Bath ITC, is also in relay contention.
Bath duo Calum Jarvis and Chris Walker-Hebborn will go head-to-head in the 200m backstroke today, hoping to secure a spot at London 2012.
They took gold and silver respectively at the first trials in March but finished well outside the qualifying time of 1min 58.48secs.
Jarvis will have to improve his personal best by exactly a second to have any chance of qualifying but Walker- Hebborn – whose PB is 1:56.05 – can go significantly quicker and went inside the Fina A standard at last year's ASAs.
Walker-Hebborn will also be looking to bag the one remaining 100m backstroke place but will have to shave four- hundredths of a second off the PB he set while finishing runner-up at March's trials.
Andrew Willis was also last night hoping to land a surprise second Olympic slot.
Willis won the 200m breaststroke title and a place in Team GB in March but missed out on a 100m swim after finishing fourth.
However, Stockport's Dan Sliwinksi – who took one of the two GB spots – has been forced to pull out of the London 2012 squad through injury.
The newly-available place was up for grabs in last night's final and, with Bath ITC training partner Michael Jamieson sitting out the ASAs, Willis – fastest qualifier in yesterday morning's heats – was favourite.
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