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Manchester swimmer ranked number one in the UK

30 Aug 2007

University of Manchester student Mike Rock is celebrating becoming British Champion for both 100m and 200m Butterfly, after winning both events at the Amateur Swimming Association National Championships.

Mike won both the 100m and 200m butterfly events with a personal best of 1.57.38 in the 200m Butterfly and 53.09 for the 100m Butterfly.

He is now ranked number one in the UK for these events. If he can reach these times at the official Olympic selection, he will be chosen for the Beijing 2008 British Olympic team. Mike- who receives a Sports Scholarship at Manchester - is taking a year off from his law degree in a bid to make the squad.

Mike had further success earlier this month when he represented The University of Manchester at the World Student Games in Bangkok. He came fourth in the 200m Butterfly with a world-class time of 1.57.98.

Mike is now set for a call-up the British team for the World Short Course Championships, to be held at the MEN Arena next April.

The University's Director of Sport, Alison Odell CBE said: "We congratulate Mike on his success and hope that he goes on to achieve his qualifying times during selection. Students like Mike Rock illustrate that university sport is growing in prestige and students can successfully pursue an international sports career alongside their studies."

Notes to Editors:
Mike Rock is available for interview
Images available on request

Jon Keighren, Media Relations Manager 0161 275 8384
Sheryl Thompson, Sports Marketing Officer 0161 275 5986