Posted on: 18/03/2024

Congratulations to Iona!

Iona has been competing in the British Swimming Championships including the Olympic and Para Olympic trials at the London Aquatics centre last week.

She competed in four events over the week, she was selected for six events but decided to focus on her main ones. It was a very successful week.

Iona was one of two competitors in the opening race on Tuesday the 50m Fly MC. She went into the final later in the evening and won a Silver medal with a new PB.

She then had a quick 50m breaststroke race on the Wednesday, of which she was the only entry. Quite hard with no one to pace herself with and came in just 4 hundreds of a second off her European record.

Saturday she had the 200 IM MC, she did well, but did not make the final.

Sunday was her big event the 100M Breaststroke MC, she went into the event ranked 3rd by para points. She came 5th in the heats, which was enough to get into the Para Paris final that evening. She was disappointed with her heat's time, as it was slower than the Paris Nomination time and slower than her PB.

Sunday evening, she stepped onto the blocks and provided the audience with an amazing race. Not only did she knock around 3 seconds off her time, breaking her own British record, earning herself 995 points and a Paris nomination time, but was the joint British champion winning a gold medal. She also beat a World champion. Her face at the end was a picture.  It also puts her close to the world champion and a possible Paralympic medal.

She has also confirmed her place on the GB team for the European Para Swimming championships in Madeira in 9 days time.

Below are some of the media reports.

See her swim and post race interview from 1hr 5minutes in on

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