Adam spent the weekend putting his feet up in rural Bedfordshire whilst his former team-mates at Auburn were making headlines in the States. The Tigers claimed their sixteenth consecutive Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving title at the University of Tennessee’s Allen Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville. As a former dominant SEC sprint champion Adam stayed up to watch Auburn edge out Florida 730.5 to 700 with Georgia third on 521. In the final session Auburn took 1st, 3rd and equal 5th in the 100 free with Brit James Disney-May claiming the latter position.
Meanwhile another Brit – Richard Charlesworth – returns to Hatfield on Friday from USC [University of Southern California] to challenge for a place on the 2012 team. Like Adam, Charlie swam for Great Britain in 2008 but on the opposite end of the spectrum, the 1500m freestyle.
Adam has swum out a couple of times since Christmas – at the City of Derby Meet and at the BUCS Championships – both at Sheffield, and both unrested and unshaven. He also swam short-course in the UK Challenge at his home pool, the Sportsvillage at the University of Hertfordshire. His 53.33s 100m fly was the fifth best time nationwide over the past 12 months and broke Roberto Pavoni’s East Region record.
Away from racing in the pool, Adam has been interviewed and filmed by the Telegraph (on behalf of British Swimming sponsors British Airways) and by broadcaster ITN. These proved to be a fun diversion from the serious business at hand! Now the countdown to the British Gas Championships has begun in earnest.
Adam started his three-week taper on Tuesday, February 14th.