Marco Loughran

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Marco Loughran
Personal information
Full name Marco Antonio Loughran
Nickname(s) "Nemo", "Mate"
National team  Great Britain
Born (1989-03-24) 24 March 1989 (age 26)
Wimbledon, England
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke, butterfly
Club Guildford City
College team University of Florida (U.S.)

Marco Antonio Loughran (born 24 March 1989) is an English-born British competitive swimmer who has represented Great Britain at the Olympics and FINA world championships, and Wales in the Commonwealth Games.

Loughran is from Guildford, a county town in Surrey, England. In high school, he was awarded a swimming scholarship to The Southport School in Queensland, Australia. While there, Marco was known as one of the "offshore boys". He then accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he trained and competed with coach Gregg Troy's Florida Gators swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Southeastern Conference (SEC) competition in 2009 and 2010. In two American college swimming seasons, he received three All-American honours.

Loughran competed in the 2009 World Aquatics Championships in Rome, Italy. He raced in the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke events. 2010 swam for Wales at the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi, India. He came 4th (100m backstroke) 5th (50m backstroke) 6th (200m backstroke). In 2012 he competed for Team GB at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He swam in the men's 200m backstroke and finished 18th, missing the semi-finals. He was the highest placing Team GB male athlete in this event.

In 2013 he won the men's 50-metre backstroke at the British Championships, held in Sheffield.

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