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Swim fan: University of Toronto student Rebecca Sharpe is hoping a well-rested second place finish at the conference championships will lead to an even stronger performance at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Swimming Championships this weekend in Calgary, Alberta.
* Photo by Doug Patterson. University of Toronto student Rebecca Sharpe is hoping a well-rested second place finish at the conference championships will lead to an even stronger performance at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Swimming Championships this weekend in Calgary, Alberta.
n Photo by Doug Patterson
Swim fan: University of Toronto student Rebecca Sharpe is hoping a well-rested second place finish at the conference championships will lead to an even stronger performance at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Swimming Championships this weekend in Calgary, Alberta.
* Photo by Doug Patterson. University of Toronto student Rebecca Sharpe is hoping a well-rested second place finish at the conference championships will lead to an even stronger performance at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Swimming Championships this weekend in Calgary, Alberta.
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Swimmer Rebecca Sharpe is continuing to rack up solid times in her quest to make the 2012 Summer Olympics.

She will get a chance to test herself against the best Canadian collegiate swimmers this weekend in Calgary at the CIS Championships.

Sharpe and her University of Toronto team-mates are already there.

Earlier this month, at the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championships, Sharpe finished in second place in the 200m back stroke, with a time of 2:15.1.

Sharpe also added a fifth place finish in the 100m backstroke with a time of 1:04.3, helping University of Toronto to finish second in the women's team event.

Those results were her invitation to the Canadian championships.

While Sharpe did not walk away with the top spot on the podium in those events, she believes the best is yet to come this weekend.

She said: “I personally did not taper for the OUA championships so I am very pleased with my results because many other teams did taper.

“It set me up well for the CIS swim meet because there I will be tapered so I am expecting faster times.”

The second-year Toronto student has been training in the water eight times a week and adds a weights and dry land training three times a week.

Sharpe said: "Each workout is when you have to focus on the small details, which is harder than it sounds.

“Specifically I know I need to sharpen up my turns a lot more. But the list never ends, which is a good thing.”

 “The way I see it, is that because I have room for improvement, it basically means I have more opportunities to swim faster. “

“The improvement isn't just focused on in the pool, I personally am working on developing my strength and becoming more powerful in the gym."

At this level, Sharpe is well aware of what she needs to accomplish from a motivation and effort factor, in order to further improve as a swimmer.

“Training hard is really what it comes down to, you can go to as many workouts as you think you need but unless you’re putting effort in you won’t see results.

“And at this level the motivation has to come from you.

“No matter how many times my coach tells me to try harder or swim faster, I know I have the ability to make the switch.

“If you want real results you have to put real effort in. It’s a lot easier said than done though, and as all athletes know there are days when you will have good workouts and days when you will have bad ones, which is why I’m thankful to have a huge support system and amazing coaches to carry me through my career and continue to push me.”

After the CIS Championships, Sharpe will be preparing for a swim meet in Indianapolis to begin racing "long course".

This will be followed by preparation for the summer meets.

Sharpe is planning to stay in Toronto over the summer in order to maximise her training, with Olympic qualification being the ultimate goal.