More medals for Brits to wrap up European Juniors

12 Jul 2021

Britain's swimmers secured a hat-trick of medals on the final day of action at the European Junior Championships in Rome to bring a successful meet to an eye-catching end. 

City of Glasgow Swim Team athlete Katie Shanahan enjoyed a superb week, with triumph in Saturday's Women's 200m Individual Medley final ensuring she completed the medley double. Sunday then brought her fifth and sixth medals of the six-day competition - a silver in the Women's 200m Backstroke and then bronze as part of the Women's 4x100m Medley Relay team, which also featured Leah Schlosshan (City of Leeds Swimming Club), Lucy Grieve (South Ayrshire Swin Team) and Tamryn Van Selm (Millfield School). 

Eva Okaro (Sevenoaks SC) had earlier laid down one of the results of the meet to claim an outstanding bronze in the Women's 50m Freestyle at just 14 years old. 

Okaro was also part of the Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay quartet that picked up silver on Saturday night in another fine show of freestyle swimming, with Van Selm, Evelyn Davis (Bromley SC) and Harriet Rogers (City of Newcastle SC) all playing key roles. 

It was a busy few days for Van Selm, who swam to silver in the Women's 200m Freestyle on Friday to cap a memorable meet in the Italian capital that could be the springboard to plenty more success in the future.

"I feel great and full of energy. It's the first high-level international competition for me," said the Millfield competitor.

Katie Shanahan 200m IM gold European Juniors 2021
Katie Shanahan won two golds

"In Great Britain, we have a great tradition in freestyle, so I will have to work hard to become part of the future Olympic team." 

Friday's events also saw Ed Mildred (Northampton SC) add to his burgeoning medal tally in the Men's 100m Butterfly, a big surge down the second 50m earning him bronze. 

Among other notable displays during the latter stages of the European Juniors were sixth-place finishes for Lucy Grieve in the Women's 100m Butterfly and Harvey Freeman (Northampton SC) in the Men's 200m Breaststroke, as well as the foursome of Mark Ford (City of Glasgow), Freeman, Mildred and Henry Baker (Hamilton Aquatics) in the Men's 4x100m Medley Relay.

There were also finals appearances for Angus Allison (Warrender Baths Club) in the Men's 400m Individual Medley and Isabelle Goodwin (City of Leeds) in the Women's 50m Butterfly.

The 24-strong British team ended the competition with 12 medals to their name, as well as a wealth of arena experience that will prove priceless as their swimming journeys continue on the road to Paris 2024 and beyond. 

For more on the team's performances during the first half of the meet, click HERE.

Results from the Championships can be accessed through the LEN website HEREImages courtesy of DeepBlueMedia/LEN.