Since March, he's been the best British breaststroker
I hold the Irish record in all my events so I think I would maybe be more frustrated if I wasn't a breaststroker
CITY of Coventry's trio of breaststrokers
experienced mixed fortunes on day three of the British championships in Manchester yesterday.
British swimming has long produced great world-class breaststrokers
, such as Duncan Goodhew, David Wilkie, Adrian Moorhouse and Nick Gillingham, but these merry days we possess not one but three of the highest quality ( which is good for us, but not for them.
Cook, 24, one of five British breaststrokers
in the world top 10, said: "The time was great - my fastest ever heat swim and in my first race of the season.
On the one hand there are the mustn't-get-my-hair-wet breaststrokers
, who can even sustain long conversations while gliding majestically up and down the pool, two abreast.
As the cream of British swimming gathered in Manchester for the joint British Championships and Commonwealth Games trials starting in Manchester today, Ayers, once ranked among the world's top 10 breaststrokers
, was at home in Swansea contemplating a future outside swimming.
The key element to breaststroke training is to understand and appreciate that breaststrokers
are not like other swimmers and that their training is unique," Salo told Swimming World Magazine.
I opted to swim at Coventry because of the club's reputation and particularly coach Nick Sellwood's record of coaching breaststrokers
," she said.
Cook responded with victories in all three breaststroke events swimming in a country which, like Britain, boasts four breaststrokers
in the world's top 16.
Cook, 24, who swims for City of Newcastle, last night overtook several of the world's leading breaststrokers
to add the 200m silver medal to the silver and bronze he won in the shorter distances.
Many outstanding breaststrokers
cannot master all of the other competitive strokes.
He said: "We have been looking at breaststrokers
and we have found that long legs and big feet with lots of flexibilty seems to give them a big advantage.
With former Irvine Novaquatics coach Dave Salo taking over the USC program, elite breaststrokers
including Amanda Beard, Jessica Hardy, Keri Hehn and Lindsay Payne have flocked to Southern California, all representing Trojan Swim Club during the summer long-course season.
James Gibson and Chris Cook will go head to head for honours in the 100m tonight after qualifying third and fourth fastest in their quickest swims of the year.