British Swimming Announces Small 11-Swimmer Team for European Short Course Championships

HERNING, Denmark, October 21. TODAY, British swimming announced an 11-swimmer team set for the European Short Course Championships. The meet will take place in Herning, Denmark Dec. 12-15, and the British squad will include Fran Halsall at its helm.

“This is a team which is focused on athletes that we feel can deliver medals either today or in the near future,” British Swimming head coach Bill Furniss said. “It continues the strategy we have adopted of smaller, more focused teams and this will continue to be a key philosophy going forward.

“Certain swimmers on the team will go to Denmark off the back of competing at the FINA World Cups and they will conclude the short course season in Glasgow at the Duel in the Pool. This is part of a strategy of racing more often as we want to see our leading swimmers to be competing more regularly.

“Racing regularly is something we will continue next year during the long course season. We will be racing at events between January and March, focusing on our trials in April and then competition will pick up again as we use the month of June to really define our race preparation.”

Craig McNally (Warrender)
Adam Peaty (City of Derby)
Chris Walker-Hebborn (British Gas ITC Bath)
Andrew Willis (British Gas ITC Bath)
Sophie Allen (British Gas ITC Bath)
Jazmin Carlin (British Gas ITC Swansea)
Francesca Halsall (British Gas ITC Loughborough)
Jemma Lowe (British Gas ITC Swansea)
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (British Gas ITC Bath)
Hannah Miley (Garioch)
Aimee Willmott (Middlesbrough)

One person seems to be a bit surprised. Michael Jamieson, the Scottish breaststroker who has been billed as the top swimmer from Britain on the Duel in the Pool European All Star roster for the meet taking place in Glasgow Dec. 20-21, has been left off. Jamieson, who has been putting up some strong swims during the FINA World Cup tweeted out his surprise this morning.

“@britishswimming: GB team announcement! This time for December’s Euro Short Course in Herning, Denmark.” 😳😕😧 huh?— Michael Jamieson (@mj88live) October 21, 2013