Gandy and Lowe fight the pain to seal 200m butterfly Olympic place
Ellen Gandy and Jemma Lowe both pushed through the pain barrier to qualify for the Olympic team in a 200 metres butterfly race where the final 25m felt like 'swimming uphill' at the Aquatics Centre.
World silver medallist Gandy flew through the first 150m and was 1.84 seconds inside Katinka Hosszu's European record from 2009 at the final turn.
However, the 20-year-old paid for such a pace and the last 25m were excruciating with Lowe catching her, but ultimately Gandy held on to touch in two minutes 06.01 seconds, adding a berth in the 200m to the two-length race she won earlier this week.
See you there: Ellen Gandy and Jemma Lowe have secured their London 2012 place
Double world finalist Lowe was 0.36 secs adrift with both women well within the qualifying time, with Jess Dickons placing third.
Gandy admitted the race pace had not been planned, saying: 'I was so unbelievably nervous before that race. I thought I'd be more relaxed because I was on the team for the 100m and I felt I was going to faint in the call room.
'My nerves must have taken me out really fast and I absolutely paid for that on the last 50m – I don't think my coach is going to be happy with that at all. I've just got to go back and analyse what happened and hopefully it won't happen again.'
Her pain in the final metres was evident and the Bromley-born swimmer added: 'If you swim it properly it (the last 25m) shouldn't be too bad, but that was suicide. I just wished the wall was closer, I felt like I was swimming uphill. It was very painful.'
For Lowe, qualification came as a relief after she missed out over two lengths.
Flying through the water: At one stage, Gandy was on for the European record
She said: 'It has been such an emotional week for me and I am just really happy I managed to get my place on the team. I was so nervous, I knew I had to keep relaxed and I'd be able to do it.
'I just concentrated on myself and had the confidence I could come back on the second 100m and finish hard.'
Of the last 25m, the Swansea ITC swimmer said: 'I was thinking about the Olympics and how hard I've worked and it got me to the end.'
Bath ITC training partners Andrew Willis and Michael Jamieson made the team in the 200m breaststroke after they produced the form that saw them to last year's World Championships final.
There too: Michael Jamieson
Jamieson was fifth in Shanghai last summer, three places ahead of his team-mate, and he led at the final turn tonight, but Willis paced his race perfectly, swimming the last 50m 0.9 faster than Jamieson to edge past and touch in 2:09.33.
His time was just 0.32 off Kris Gilchrist's British record set in 2009 during the turbo-suit era and would have been the sixth fastest in the world last year.
Jamieson was 0.51 adrift with both men setting new personal bests some way inside the qualification time, but for Gilchrist third position meant only that he had missed the cut.
Willis said: 'I was not expecting it to be that quick. I always knew my goal was to go under 2.10 and my coach said 'go for it' and I went for it from the start. The last 50m, it was just everything hard.'
Jamieson said: 'It was a real fear of failure that drove me on tonight because I was crawling home in that last 50m. I was ready to fight for my place tonight.'