Eighteen swimmers set for inaugural European U23 Championships

24 Apr 2023

Eighteen athletes have been selected to represent British Swimming at the first-ever LEN European Under-23 (U23) Swimming Championships later this year. 

With another packed summer of aquatics action on the horizon, senior European and Commonwealth medallists and European Junior champions will be among the British cohort competing at the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre in Dublin, Republic of Ireland from 11th-13th August.

The team includes Leah Schlosshan - who claimed the Women's 200m Individual Medley title at last year's European Junior Championships - and multiple European Junior medallist Eva Okaro, as well as Ed Mildred - who stood on a senior European Championship podium in Rome in 2022 - and Evan Jones, part of two medal-winning relay quartets for Team Scotland at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

LEN's new competition format – open primarily to people born 2000 – 2004 - has been set up to provide young athletes with valuable international race experience - and it is an opportunity that swimmers such as Archie Goodburn, Lilly Booker, Lewis Fraser and Charlie Hutchison will look to grasp after strong showings at the recent British Swimming Championships, a meet that showcased the next generation of British Swimming talent in some eye-catching races.

Reflecting on the European U23s team and looking ahead to a brand new competition in Dublin, British Swimming Head of Performance Development Alan Lynn said: "It is an exciting prospect to have put together a team that will compete at a completely new event - and one that will offer racing against world-class competitors in a big arena environment.

Leah Schlosshan (Credit: LEN/Simone Castrovillari)
Leah Schlosshan

"The 18 athletes on this team have a blend of senior and junior experience, with some preparing for their first time in a GB cap and others heading to the meet off the back of the senior World Championships in Fukuoka. We know that each and every one of them can thrive in this big-meet environment and can also use the opportunity to progress their performances on the international stage, whether that is with the Olympic year of 2024 in mind or future international competitions beyond that."

British Swimming team for the 2023 European Under-23 Swimming Championships, Dublin (11th-13th August)

Jonathon Adam, Bath Performance Centre

Elizabeth Booker, Loughborough Performance Centre

Charlie Brown, Loughborough Performance Centre

Greg Butler, Loughborough Performance Centre

Alexander Cohoon, Loughborough University

Gillian Kay Davey, Loughborough University

Evelyn Davis, University of Stirling

Lewis Fraser, Swim Wales High Performance Centre

Archie Goodburn, Edinburgh University

Lucy Grieve, University of Stirling

Charlie Hutchison, Loughborough Performance Centre

Evan Jones, University of Stirling

Fleur Lewis, Loughborough University

Keanna MacInnes, University of Stirling

Jack McMillan, University of Stirling

Ed Mildred, Bath Performance Centre

Eva Okaro, Sevenoaks

Leah Schlosshan, City of Leeds

Coaches selected to the British Swimming team for the 2023 European Under-23 Swimming Championships

Adam Baker (Head Coach), Swim Wales High Performance Centre

Bradley Hay, University of Stirling

Mike Taylor, City of Sheffield

Matt Trodden, Edinburgh University

Scott Goadby, Loughborough Performance Centre

Calum Jarvis, Bath Performance Centre

To check out the British team heading out to the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan in July, read our announcement from earlier this month.