Alys Thomas was a surprise winner of the 100m Butterfly at the British Swimming Championships in April. She clinched victory in the new r10 kneeskin, setting a new personal best time of 58.66.
After the euphoria of the win, came the low of being told she failed to qualify for Rio or the European Championships in London. However, she was back with her Swansea Aquatics teammates the following weekend, scoring another win at the National League Final.
Alys, who is 25 and based in Wales, UK, took a chunk off her personal best time to win gold in the 100m butterfly, and won silver in the 200m, proving that big personal best times are not just for juniors. Now she her eyes fixed firmly on an even faster future.
How surprised were you to win the 100 fly?
Very surprised, I was not expecting to win at all! After setting a PB in the heat, and with a talented line up in the final, I was aiming to back up the heat swim, and possibly pick someone off to scrape onto the podium.
To what do you attribute your recent improvements?
I've changed up a few bits in training this cycle for various different reasons, wanting to improve my front end of the 200 to make the first half easier and more efficient. I've worked a lot with stroke rate - it's still something I'm working on and have learnt a lot more from racing at British Champs. I've also done a great deal of work on improving my leg kick, making it stronger and it paid off in Glasgow for sure!
Tell us a bit about your set up in Swansea?
We have brilliant facilities and support staff. Stuart's (McNarry) been my coach for nearly eight years. We've worked hard to get a good swimmer / coach relationship and figure out what works. It takes a long time and great patience to find the right programme and figure out what makes each other tick.
You swam in the new r10 suit, tell us about that?
I love the suit, it just accentuates a natural high body position in the water and makes you feel like your gliding without being restricted, it's so flexible, and has just the right amount of compression to feel comfortable but tight. Plus the colors are awesome!
Alys Thomas is an ambassador for blueseventy and wears the r10 kneeskin, which uses unique, specially designed fabrics combined with ground-breaking compression technology.