'High quality' swimmers set to take on Europe

12 Dec 2017

British Swimming has sent a ‘small but high quality’ team to the LEN European Short Course Championships in Copenhagen which starts tomorrow.

The squad is made up of just nine swimmers after Kathleen Dawson was ruled out at the last minute due to illness. But with a mix of senior, experienced athletes and some younger developing swimmers looking to establish themselves in the senior ranks the meet is being used as an opportunity to race, but also to refine some competition skills.

Head Coach for the event Tim Jones, said: “We are low on numbers but high in quality. We travelled yesterday and everyone is in good spirits.

“For the transitional swimmers this will be a very different experience to competitions at home that often take place in a purpose built pool. This temporary pool has been specifically built just for this event, and will offer a completely different arena experience.

“The lights, the visuals, the music and the crowd are all different to that in a purpose built pool. It’s not just swimming, it’s theatre and entertainment.”

Adam Peaty
Adam Peaty

Olympic and World Champion Adam Peaty will be competing at the event, but without a short-course time in the last two year he will be battling it out for a final place from the early heats.

The competition will be held at the Royal Arena, in the venue’s first sporting competition. The venue needed 2 million litres of water to fill the purpose built competition and training pools, which will take four days to drain after the meet has finished.

To see the full schedule click here

The team in Copenhagen is made up of:

Freya Anderson – Ellesmere College Titans -

Charlotte Atkinson – Loughborough University - 

Emily Large – Newcastle Swim Team -

Jocelyn Ulyett – Loughborough University

Kathryn Greenslade – University of Edinburgh

Ross Murdoch – University of Stirling

Adam Peaty – National Centre Loughborough

Ben Proud – Plymouth Leander  

Duncan Scott – University of Stirling

You can follow the LEN European Short Course Championships through British Swimming’s channels.