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Rousseau on a roll
- Updated: December 9, 2011
By Mark Etheridge
A gold medallist at the recent AT&T Winter National swimming championships in Atlanta in the United States, our Sebastien Rousseau is looking for big things in his build-up to next year’s Olympics in London.
Originally from Cape Town but now based in Florida, Rousseau swam three races at the championships, getting gold, silver and a ninth spot.
In two of his races, the 200-metre Individual Medley and the 200m butterfly he nailed down the all-important Olympic A qualification marks.
His silver in the IM came with a time of 1min 59.55sec and the 200m butterfly was won in 1:56.77. His ninth spot in the 200m freestyle saw him clocking 1:49.44.
Speaking to Road to London 2012, Rousseau said from Florida: “I guess the best place to start is my performances at the world champs in Shanghai. I was not satisfied with how I swam there, and when I got back to Gainesville I sat down with my coach and we discussed the best way forward. The main thing we spoke about was me stepping up to another level during training everyday, just racing the great swimmers we have at Florida.
“I think that has been the biggest improvement I have made so far. Another great improvement has been in the dryland work that I have done this fall, outside of the pool.
“As far as places I need improvement in, I think my breaststroke can improve a bit more, so I’ll probably be doing a bit more work on that in the next month. I also think that I can improve on my freestyle endurance base, so I’ll be doing more sets with guys like Peter Vanderkaay and Conor Dwyer. Again, I think the most important aspect to me improving is just stepping up my level of training, no matter how I’m feeling.”
Regarding his weekend work at the Nationals, Rousseau said: “I was pretty happy with how I swam. It was fun to get up and race with some of the best swimmers in the US and come out with some medals. I’m glad to have got those qualifying times out of the way, so now I can just focus on training really well over the next four months and getting ready for a great Olympic Trials.”