A quintet of swimmers have become the first Loughborough athletes to confirm their places at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, as Team England unveiled their first wave of swimming selections today.
Headlining the announcement is Olympic and World champion Adam Peaty, the world record holder named as one of 15 swimmers who will travel to the Gold Coast, Australia for the event which takes place between 5-14 April 2018.
Peaty won gold and silver at Glasgow 2014 and will look to do the double down under. Joining the breaststroker are a pair of Loughborough University students in Jocelyn Ulyett and Sarah Vasey.
Ulyett produced the shock of the British Championships earlier this year as she took the 200m breaststroke title, breaking the British record and beating a pair of Rio Olympians, one of whom, Molly Renshaw, has also made the team for Australia.
Vasey has enjoyed a stunning 2017, winning her first British title before making three World Championship finals in Budapest; the 50m and 100m breaststroke alongside the 4x100m medley relay.
Selected alongside Renshaw, who was sixth at those World Championships, is Luke Greenbank, who like Peaty and Vasey is coached by Loughborough University alumna and Coach of the Year Mel Marshall.
A further 17 swimmers will be added to the team after the England Winter Swim Championships, which are taking place in Sheffield between 13-17 December.
The five Loughborough swimmers named are:
Luke Greenbank – National Centre Loughborough
Adam Peaty – National Centre Loughborough
Molly Renshaw – National Centre Loughborough
Jocelyn Ulyett – Loughborough University
Sarah Vasey – National Centre Loughborough