Quigley & Davis book final berths
Lauren Quigley and Georgia Davies booked spots in their first individual World finals on the fourth day of swimming at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona.
Having qualified joint seventh for the 50m Backstroke semi-finals, Quigley clocked a personal best 28.02 to finish seventh while Davies progressed in eighth in 28.03.
Stockport Metro swimmer Quigley is rising to the challenge on her World debut in Barcelona, having also finished 12th in the 100m Backstroke.
And while she sliced 0.13 seconds off her personal best to make her first final, the 18-year old insisted she wouldn’t be satisfied until she breaks the 28 second barrier over 50m.
“It was a PB but I wanted to go under 28,” said Quigley. “I’ve got tomorrow to do that thankfully because I got in the final and hopefully tomorrow I can step up my game and go faster.
“I was obviously nervous. If you’re not nervous you’re not ready to race. But I went in there with confidence and went for it.”
Davies (British Gas ITC Swansea) competed in the 4x100m Medley Relay final on her World debut in Shanghai in 2011 but having finished 10th in the 50m Back two years ago, the Welsh record holder will compete in her first individual final tomorrow night.
“I saw the first semi-final which was really fast so I thought I better step on the gas otherwise I won’t make it into the final,” said Davies, who holds the Welsh record of 27.96.
“It’ll be great that we’re both in there tomorrow night. If there’s rivalry you want to push each other on. It’s good to have that standard quite high in Britain for this event.”
Adam Brown narrowly missed out on joining Quigley and Davies in a final tomorrow night as he ranked ninth in the 100m Freestyle.
Having qualified for his first World semi-final over 100m Free, the Hatfield swimmer smashed 0.18 seconds off his personal best as he touched fourth in his semi in 48.48.
The 24-year old was cruelly denied a first Worlds final as Luca Dotta finished fifth in the second semi in 48.46 to secure the eighth qualification spot.
But having set his first PB over 100m Free since 2009, Brown admitted he could have no cause for complaint.
“It was only my second semi final at a major competition so I’m a bit gutted not to be in the final but I’m really pleased with the time,” said Brown, who qualified 16th from the morning heats in 49.39.
“The aim was to come and do best times and that’s what I’ve done.
“To be honest, I didn’t think I would make the final after this morning’s swim. It was pretty poor by my standards and I dropped 0.9 tonight.
“I’ve got tomorrow off and then I’ve got the 50m on Friday. It is my favourite event and I broke the British record three weeks ago so I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do.”
Pavoni (British Gas ITC Loughborough) and Jemma Lowe (British Gas ITC Swansea) were also in semi-final action in Barcelona, finishing 11th and 13th respectively.
Competing for the second consecutive night, Pavoni clocked the third fastest 200m Individual Medley time of his career to touch seventh in his semi in 1:59.44.
“My target was to make the semi in the 200 Fly and the semi in the 200 IM and I’ve done both of those,” said Pavoni, who finished 16th in the 200m Butterfly yesterday.
“That’s a positive and I’ve never swum this 200 IM at a world level so to come here and make the semis is good and it looks promising for the 400 IM later in the week.”
Lowe improved on her 200m Butterfly heat time to clock a season’s best 2:08.53, finishing sixth in her semi but just 0.67 seconds shy of the final qualification spot.
“The plan was to go out faster tonight,” said Lowe, who finished sixth in the 200m Fly at London 2012 last year.
“My coach and I felt this morning was a bit too slow so we just thought let it go tonight and it wasn’t quite good enough.
“This year has been a really tough year coming on after the Olympics. I had a good year last year making the final. I gave everything and something didn’t happen tonight but hopefully I will get better and better each year now on the way to Rio.”
City of Cardiff’s Ieuan Lloyd was the only other Brit in action on the day, finishing 22nd overall from the morning’s 200m Individual Medley heats in 2:00.65.