PSC Compete at International Open Meet – Mare Nostrum

Lawrence had always wanted the opportunity to compete against the best in the world, this opportunity came. After illness at the Olympic Trials we applied to swim at the Barcelona leg of the Mare Nostrum series which has  a great reputation for attracting the top International swimmers from around the world.

Un-be known to us at the time, this leg proved to be the most hotly contested of all 3 legs. The worlds Country Federations decided to use this leg as Olympic pre-prep for their swimmers and saw the Olympic teams from Russia, Denmark, South Africa, Brasil, Japan, GB, Germany, Sweden ….. everywhere.

This meant that at last Lawrence would compete against his lifelong idols, Felipe De Silva (Brasil) and Cameron Van de Burgh (South Africa)

The weekend saw Lawrence compete in the 50 and 100 breast, in the 100 ranked 22nd but completed in 20th place higher than Marco Koch and Andrew Willis. This was the psychological boost that he needed and re-motivated him after Glasgow.

The 50 saw him next to Felipe and finishing 3rd in the heat behind Felipe and the Russian Champion Prigoda, overall finishing joint 8 and then having to swim in a swimoff against the Swedish Champion for a place in the final. It wasnt to be this time he was just touched out.

Competing at Barcelona was an amazing experience, and has fully served its purpose to re-build and re-motivate and has definately been the highlight of a long Swimming career, was a definate learning curve and both Lesley and Lawrence have now gained invaluable experience at International level and what that involves as a Swimmer and a Coach