JEMMA Lowe was today starting her final competitive meeting before focusing on her second Olympic appearance.
The Hartlepool swimmer is in Sheffield for the British Gas ASA National Championships, which got under way this morning.
J-Lo, who will swim in the 200 metres butterfly in London next month, was in action in two events today at Ponds Forge.
The 22-year-old was lining up in the heats of the 100 metres butterfly and the 200 metres freestyle with the finals due to be staged tonight.
Lowe will then race on Saturday in her Olympic distance of 200 metres.
The former High Tunstall College of Science and English Martyrs Sixth Form College student is building nicely toward London 2012.
Many of Britain’s top swimmers, including Fran Halsall and Ellen Gandy, are sitting out the British Gas ASA National Championships but J Lo believes it will be “good race practice” in the last meet before going to Edinburgh next month for the GB swimming’s holding camp.
Lowe will be the favourite for both butterfly distances in Sheffield.
In today’s 100 metres, she’s the fastest swimmer in the field with only two others, Jessica Sylvester and Sophie Allen, having gone under one minute.
Even though Jemma is expected to strike gold this week in South Yorkshire, she says the results are not the be-all and end-all.
“It’s just about getting some good race practice,” said Lowe, who is based at Swansea’s Intensive Training Centre.
“I’m not doing the 100 [at the Olympics] but this is a bit of practice and it will be nice to swim in the freestyle as well.
“There is no pressure on me, I’m just looking forward to swimming.
“This is the last competition before the Games and this week is all about getting some race practice.”
Lowe is in good nick, having picked up three medals at the Barcelona leg of the Mare Nostrum series earlier this month – an international event featuring some of the world’s elite.