SUNDERLAND swimmer Jonny Carlisle hopes extra gym work will see him secure a place at next year’s Commonwealth Games after setting a double personal best, writes Chris Young.
Carlisle notched record times in both the 100metres and 200m backstroke at the British Gas Swimming Championships last weekend, although it wasn’t sufficient to genuinely challenge for a spot in the team for this month’s World Championships, in Spain.
The 20-year-old relocated to Bath last September and believes his new training regime is behind his improvement.
But Carlisle says he still needs to make physical adjustments if he is to earn selection to the England team for next year’s Commonwealths, in Glasgow.
“Hopefully next year I can put some muscle on to get more power,” he said.
“My Bath team-mate Chris (Walker-Hebborn) lifts a lot more than me and he won the 100m.
“But the Commonwealths is the big target and I am currently lying second in the English rankings for the 200m, with three places available.
“I have got nationals in a couple of weeks to finish the season off and hopefully I can further improve my PBs.
“But next year I want to move even further forwards.
“I can’t complain with the times.
“There’s some awesome swimmers down here, some Olympic finalists.
“It’s good to see what they are doing and then try to do the same.
“The PBs have come from my gym programme and doing types of training which has knocked almost a second off my times in both events.”
Carlisle admits there was a sense of disappointment at not performing better in the finals of both events after his PBs came in the semi-finals – 55.24seconds in the 100m and 1minute 59.61s in the 200m.
He could only manage 55.83 in the final of the 100m to finish seventh and 2m 1.20s in the 200m for eighth spot.
But Carlisle is content to have simply improved his performance in his new surroundings.
“It was always an outside chance that I’d make the World Championships team this year,” added Carlisle, due to embark upon the final year of his degree at Sunderland University via distance learning.
“Moving down to Bath in September was a big move for me and I’m still getting used to the new environment and training.
“Some people when they move to a new place take a step backwards, so I was really happy to PB in both events.
“I could not really replicate it in the final, especially in the 200m.
“I over-thought it, went out too slow and left it too late. In the last 25m, I was not hurting that much.”