The ASA National Championships took place between the 19th and 22nd June at Ponds Forge. For events where places were still available after the British Championships in March, the ASA Nationals was a second chance for swimmers to gain selection for the Olympic team. At the end of the 4 days competition, COSSS had won 10 medals and finished 2nd behind Loughborough University in the medals table. This was a particularly impressive performance as COSSS swimmers were swimming untapered as they are preparing for various meets later in the season; Matt Johnson, Joe Faulkner and Nick Grainger are swimming in the European Junior Championships (starting 4th July), Lucy Spencer, Matt Johnson, Lewis Coleman and Braxston Timm are competing at the US Nationals (starting 6th August) and Laura Whitaker, Hannah Wardle, Dave Gregory and Tom Sunter will be competing at the Youth Nationals.

As well as videos of the finals, there are also interviews with Becky Turner and Matt Johnson on the British Swimming website: http://www.swimming.org/asa/clubs-and-members/asa-nationals-olympic-trials-GB-swimmers/asa-nationals-olympic-trials-2012/9485/. The 400 IM final was an amazing race; Matt Johnson was 2 metres down with 15m to go and still came through to win, demonstrating the importance of swimmers learning to hold their breath in the last 10 metres of a race, even when you've already swum 390m!

Other standout performances were Dave Gregory's Yorkshire records in the 50 back and 200 back, and Lewis Coleman's Yorkshire record and gold medal swim in the 200 IM.

Lewis Coleman

Russ Barber was delighted with the performance of COSSS swimmers. He said, "What a great week's racing from all of the Sheffield swimmers. We had many PBs and SBs, which is fantastic considering they are still untapered. It has been a long hard year, and the swimmers are in great shape, ready to show what they are made of in the summer meets. They have done their club and themselves very proud. We wish everybody the best of luck leading into their main competition period. Special mention must go to James, Brax and Dan who couldn't compete due to injuries. This is the most frustrating thing for any elite athlete, and they absolutely have our full support, and we wish them well."

For full results, go to:http://www.swimmingresults.org.uk/swimming/results/2012/asalc12/index.php

Medallists and finalists

Gold

Matt Johnson 200 fly, 400 IM

Lewis Coleman 200 IM

Sliver

Becky Turner 200 free

Ellie Faulkner 800 free

David Gregory 50 back

Lucy Spencer 400 IM

Bronze

Lucy Spencer 200 IM

Becky Turner 100 free

Ellie Faulkner 400 free

6th

Becky Turner 50 free

Tom Sunter 1500 free

7th

David Gregory 100 back

Nick Grainger 400 IM

8th

Ellie Faulkner 200 free

David Gregory 200 back

10th

Joe Faulkner 1500 free