Forty-two young athletes will make up a strong and extensive British Swimming team heading to July's European Junior Championships in Bucharest, Romania.
Olympian Jacob Whittle and several medallists from last year's European Juniors are part of a team that blends podium experience at this level with swimmers looking to gain valuable arena experience for the first time on the European stage.
The event - which will take place at the Otopeni Olympic Swimming Complex between 5th-10th July - follows hot on the heels from the World Aquatics Championships - and athletes competing in Bucharest will be hoping to continue their progression towards those top-level senior competitions by putting in some season-best swims and making the most of every competitive challenge against international counterparts.
Eva Okaro (Sevenoaks), Leah Schlosshan (City of Leeds), Harvey Freeman (Northampton SC) and Evan Jones (Millfield) all earned medals at the European Juniors in Rome in 2021, and they are part of the cohort boarding the plane to Romania in eight weeks' time. Among the other swimmers involved are rising youngsters Ashleigh Baillie, Phoebe Cooper (both City of Sheffield) and Iona Colbert (Nova Centurions), who all enjoyed eye-catching meets at the British Swimming Championships last month.
The full team has been named following those successful British Championships, which featured more than 1,500 swimmers, many of them juniors, across 18 sessions. This year’s 42-strong contingent is one of the largest ever British junior teams to participate in Europe’s premier age-group competition.
Speaking on the team selection and looking ahead to the European Junior Championships, British Swimming Head of Performance Development Alan Lynn said: "There were many outstanding swims from our junior athletes at the British Championships, which was even more impressive given the lack of competition opportunities many have had over the past two years.
"It means we have been able to select a team with great potential for Bucharest, which we know will be a hugely valuable learning experience for every swimmer involved. Top-level racing against the best juniors from across the continent will be a significant challenge for our young team, as will the chance to experience that moment of competing for an international medal in the cauldron of an intense, unfamiliar arena.
"I'm looking forward to seeing the outcomes from this meet, two years out from Paris and with others targeting continued progression along the journey to LA in 2028."
The swimming programme at the European Junior Championships will immediately precede the diving programme, hosted on this occasion at the same venue. The British Junior Diving team for that event will be announced in due course.
British Swimming team for the 2022 European Junior Championships, Bucharest (5th-10th July):
Ashleigh Baillie, City of Sheffield
Andrew Bertoli, City of Leicester
Charlotte Bianchi, City of Sheffield
Oscar Bilbao, City of Hereford
Alexander Casey, City of Leicester
Iona Colbert, Nova Centurions
Phoebe Cooper, City of Sheffield
Emma Croker, South Lincolnshire CSS
Evie Dilley, Borough of Stockton
Kaden Edwards, City of Cardiff
Max Elkin, Swansea Aquatics
Lucy Fox, Wycombe District
Harvey Freeman, Northampton Swimming Club
Calvin Fry, Mount Kelly
Anna Green, Warrender Baths
Chloe Harris, Royal Wolverhampton
Robbie Hemmings, Poole Swimming Club
Toby Hill, City of Manchester Aquatics
Laura Hodgson, Newcastle Swim Team
Evan Jones, Millfield
Sophie King, Woking
Livia Kingsland, Nova Centurion
Caitlin Lansom, City of Manchester Aquatics
Erin Little, Mount Kelly
Jonathan Marshall, FAST
Holly McGill, Heart of Midlothian
Tyler Melbourne-Smith, City of Liverpool
Eva Okaro, Sevenoaks
Alex Painter, Millfield
Darcy Revitt, Guildford City
Sienna Robinson, City of Sheffield
Antonio Rodriguez, Swansea Aquatics
Reuben Rowbotham-Keating, City of Manchester Aquatics
Leah Schlosshan, City of Leeds
George Smith, Leamington
Lara Thomson, City of Leeds
Matthew Ward, Mount Kelly
Jacob Whittle, Loughborough National Centre
Hollie Widdows, Mount Kelly
Cameron Williams, Dartmoor Darts Aquatic
Elliot Woodburn, MillfieldMatthew Woodhall, City of Sheffield