Lancaster swimmer Bale in Commonwealth “waiting game”

Rob Bale.
Rob Bale.

A Lancaster swimmer faces a “waiting game” to see if he is selected for this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

London 2012 Olympian Rob Bale finished sixth in the 200m freestyle at the British Gas Swimming Championships on Friday in the same Glasgow pool that will host the best of the Commonwealth in July.

It means the 23-year-old former Carnforth Otter is waiting to see if he has done enough to earn a relay spot in the England squad having previously represented his country at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India in 2010.

Bale, based in Stirling, Scotland, for training said: “I was a bit short of my personal best in the 200 which is frustrating.

“The result means I’m fifth quickest in England so I’m waiting to see if there’s room for an extra relay spot because I’m next in line.

“They always take the top four and the competition finished on Tuesday night so it’s a waiting game now.

“There’s plenty of grey areas in the selection policy though so it’s pretty hard to know where you stand sometimes.”

The former Ripley St Thomas pupil admits he was at a loss as to why he didn’t hit the heights he expected in the competition after he also finished 11th quickest in the 100m freestyle.

Bale said: “The competition wasn’t one of my best.

“Training has been going really well, even better than in the run up to the Olympics in 2012.

“It just didn’t click for me. I’ll just have to wait and see if I make the team.”