GAINSBOROUGH swimmer Rachel Lefley was pleased with her performances at the British Gas Championships in Manchester and promised there was still more to come.
The 21-year-old fought off fierce competition in the 100m backstroke to capture bronze, edging out Swansea’s Georgia Davies by 0.06 of a second.
It was a clear demonstration of what the future may have in store for the Loughborough University student, who clocked a personal best 1:02.02 in the final.
“I was really pleased with it,” she told the Standard.
“I had been between 1:02 throughout the championships and looking back I’m really happy with it.”
“It felt like a really good race and I was
really happy with how it went.”
Rachel got faster in each round of the category, something she had targeted prior to the race.
She added: “It’s always an aim going in to the water and I want to go even further.”
“I was glad I was able to achieve that and it’s probably my most successful trial.”
“Hopefully it will be onwards and upwards from here.”
The championships, which ran from 5th-12th March, also saw Rachel compete in the 50m and 200m backstroke events.
She reached the semi-final of the 50m and swam a time of 29.34 which was close to a PB she set at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BCUS) Swimming Championships in Sheffield last month.
And on Friday evening, in the final of the 200m backstroke, Rachel came forth with a time of 2:12.92.
The performance was half-a-second off her best, which would have grabbed the former Trenton Dolphins swimmer another bronze at the championships.
With both national and student meets coming up, Rachel is looking forward to the year ahead.
“I’m back in the water now and I’ll be training hard for nationals.”
“I’ll be giving it a go for our student games in China in August. I went to the last games two years ago and it is really good to get out there and test myself,” she added.
In July 2009, at the World Student Games in Serbia, Rachel finished 11th and 13th in the 100m and 200m backstroke respectively.
And she will be hopeful of improving on those performances, this time around.