Hartlepool's Lowe happy with Commonwealth Games qualifying swim

SAFE PROGRESS: Hartlepool's Jemma Lowe, who swims for Wales, safely qualified for the semi-finals of the 100m butterfly on the opening day of competition at the Commonwealth Games

SAFE PROGRESS: Hartlepool's Jemma Lowe, who swims for Wales, safely qualified for the semi-finals of the 100m butterfly on the opening day of competition at the Commonwealth Games

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HARTLEPOOL'S Jemma Lowe was satisfied with her performance as she qualified for this evening's semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games 100m butterfly as the fourth-fastest swimmer.

Lowe, who swims for Wales because of her father's roots in the country, finished second in the third heat of the 100m butterfly in a time of 58.61.

She didn't exert too much effort in an attempt to catch Canada's Katerine Savard, who finished half-a-second in front of her, with two more rounds still to come.

Australia's Alicia Coutts was the fastest qualifier as she won the final heat, with the semi-finals scheduled for later this evening and the final of the event due to take place tomorrow night.

"That was good," said Lowe, who is now based at British Swimming's high-performance base in Swansea. "I didn't really know what to expect because after your rest and taper, you never really know how it is going to go.

"But that was okay. I didn't go all out because I just wanted to make it into tonight and then hopefully step up it up to make the final."

Lowe, who finished fifth in the final of the 200m butterfly at the 2012 Olympics, won a bronze medal at the last Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

And with the 200m still to come later in the programme, the 24-year-old is determined to at least match that achievement over the course of the next few days.

"I got a bronze last time - so I'd like to do that again, or maybe better," she said. "You're always looking for improvements, so I'll be hoping to improve from the last Commonwealths.

"I think the 200m might give me the best opportunity (of getting a medal) because I don't think the competition is quite as strong as it is in the 100m. But we'll see what happens in the next two races over the 100m because you never know what can happen."

 

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