Cirencester Swimming Club’s Alex Cohoon Qualifies for Olympic Trials
05 Mar 2020
Alex qualified for the trials with his times of 23.70 in the 50m Freestyle and 29.89 in the 50m Breaststroke. He has a history of breaking records for the Cotswold-based swimming club; most recently breaking 3 club records in one swim meet: 50m Freestyle 22.80, 100m Freestyle 50.69 and 100m Breaststroke 1:03.58. Alex is also County Champion in the 50m Freestyle, 50m Breaststroke, 100m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke and 100m Individual Medley.
The swimming trials for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games will take place from 14th – 19th April at the British Swimming Championships in the iconic London Aquatics Centre. Cirencester’s Alex Cohoon will race alongside established names such as the Rio 2016 Great Britain team medalists Adam Peaty, Siobhan-Marie O'Connor and Duncan Scott. This will be Alex’ first trials for the Olympics and will be valuable experience for him on his journey towards his realistic goal of representing Great Britain at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Coached by Mike Kempster, Andy Osbourne, Ian Nelson and Sarah Broadley at Cirencester Swimming Club, Alex’s training schedule ahead of the trials includes leaving the house at 6am each week for a 2-hour training session in Bristol before school, 3 nights training in the gym and 4 evening sessions at the Cirencester Everyone Active pool. His travel schedule for training and race meets is intense and couldn’t be done without the support of his swimming club coaches, family and local sponsor; The Lakes By Yoo in Lechlade.
Chair of Cirencester Swimming Club Ali Norrish says: “We are delighted at this tremendous achievement for Alex. This is the first time that one of our swimmers has reached the Olympic Trials and we will be supporting him all the way.”