Hartlepool swimmer Jemma Lowe can put Commonwealth upset behind her at European Championship


JEMMA Lowe has the chance to put her Commonwealth Games disappointment behind her at the European Championships next week.

After finishing outside the medals in both the 100 and 200 metre butterfly finals in Glasgow, the 24-year-old did not expect to win selection for one of the biggest meets of the calendar.

But Britain’s bosses have put their faith in the Hartlepool swimmer in Berlin.

J Lo has been picked in the 50, 100 and 200 at the Europa-Sportpark in the centre of the German capital.

Lowe, representing Wales, was sixth in the 100 at Glasgow and fifth in the 200 while she did not do the one-length sprint at Torcross.

She was left devastated after failing to medal but has worked hard since Scotland and is looking to “improve” her performances and times in the Euros.

Lowe will go in the 50 on Monday, with the 100 being staged on Thursday and Friday with the 200 on Saturday and Sunday.

And dad Mike told SportMail that she will go there with only one target.

“Jemma is just going to take each race as it comes,” he said. “She’s just after swimming faster.

“She’s looking to improve an trying not to put too much pressure on herself.

“One of the coaches in Glasgow made the observation that she was may be trying too hard.

“She was desperate to do well and sometimes you can tighten up when that sort of thing happens so she’s trying to go to Berlin as chilled out as she can.

“Jemma has been on a training camp in Majorca with the Bath squad since the Commonwealths.

“She was upset after Glasgow but I think she’s looking to hit a metaphorical re-set button and go again.

“Jemma is looking to get her confidence back.

“There will be a bit of nervousness because she is waiting for her next good swim.

“The Euros are going to be a fast competition and all Jemma is looking for is to get her times down and then seeing where that takes her.”