Success for Jones at Tri-Nations

Event: 2008 Celtic Tri-Nations Championships

Venue: Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh (50m)

Date: 15th-17th February 2008.

Swindon Dolphin’s Chris Jones returned to the club’s Milton Road base as the 2008 Celtic Tri-Nations 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke Champion after a very successful weekend representing Scotland .

The Championship, held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh , was established in 2006 to allow teams from Scotland , Wales and Ireland to compete against each other annually over a three year period, fitting in with the Commonwealth Games cycle.

One of the highlights was when British Champion, Jones, beat Kris Gilchrist, in the 50m breaststroke Skins’ final, a seven round event combining speed and fitness. Jones was particularly pleased with the win over Gilchrist who was swimming in his home pool and holds the fifth fastest ever 200m breaststroke.

Jones, who also won gold in the 4X100m medley relay, relished taking part in the ‘Skins’ and was happy with his form saying “my times are improving and I am a second quicker now than I was this time last year, although I need to drop further to get an Olympic Qualifying Time. I have been swimming well so I am feeling confident and in good shape going into the Olympic Trials in Sheffield .”

Jones, who captained Scotland for the competition, was glad to be able to call on Dolphin’s stretching rituals when leading the team’s warm up.

Ireland finished as the Celtic Tri-Nations Champions, 30 points ahead of Scotland in an exciting gala.

Tigersharks’ Jazmin Carlin, representing Wales , was also in outstanding form all weekend and won the 400m & 800m freestyle by impressive margins.

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Source: Swindon Dolphin Press Team

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