DEWSBURY’S Kate Hutchinson is dreaming of a place at this summer’s World Student Games after bagging 200m breaststroke bronze at the British Gas Swimming Championships.
Despite struggling with a chest infection in the run up to the race, Hutchinson pushed through the pain barrier to 2-31.96 and edge out Scotland’s Kerry Buchan by 0.36secs.
The ex-Heckmondwike Grammar student’s time wasn’t enough to secure a place at the World Championships in Shanghai, but after climbing the podium Hutchinson has refused to rule out a trip to China.
“I am really pleased with that swim because I had a bit of illness in the run up to the championships, so I am absolutely delighted to have got a medal,” said Hutchinson. “I had a bit of a chest infection and that affected me a bit so to have come out of it with a medal is great.
“I just went out there and raced and went with an aim of concentrating on racing who I was next to and not going for a time or anything at all.
“I really want to try and get on the team for the World Student Games in China and there is a second trial for that in June so I kind of want to get back in the pool and start training again for that.”
The nation’s leading energy supplier British Gas is the principal partner of British Swimming, and is supporting the sport at all levels, from grass roots to our elite athletes.