British Swimming Announces Squad Of 40 For Europeans; Second Chance To Book Tokyo Tickets

18th April 2021, London Aquatics Centre, London, England ; 2021 British Swimming Selection Trials
Duncan Scott: Photo Courtesy: Georgie Kerr, British Swimming

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The British Olympic team plus a further 12 swimmers have been selected to a 40-strong squad for the European Championships in Budapest next month.

A total of 28 swimmers have so far been named to Team GB for the Tokyo Olympics with the competition at the Duna Arena from 17-23 May presenting another chance to qualify in events where quotas have not yet been filled.

This is an opportunity for the likes of Laura Stephens – who was 0.06 outside the 100 fly cut in London – Holly Hibbott, who missed out in the 400 free, and Keanna MacInnes, 0.54 outside the 200 fly time.

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Laura Stephens: Photo Courtesy: British Swimming

So too does it offer another chance for a potential women’s 4×100 free relay – who missed out by 0.13 – and a 4×200 quartet with the inclusions of Lucy Hope, Hibbott, Tamryn van Selm, Emma Russell and 16-year-old Evelyn Davis.

British Swimming also announced that the final Olympic consideration meet will be called the Glasgow Swim Meet and will take place from 3-6 June with evening heats and morning finals to mirror the Tokyo schedule.

Aside from possible Olympic qualification, Budapest also offers a chance to give some of the younger swimmers further racing experience in senior waters with eyes on Paris in 2024.

Among them Ed Mildred, who won six medals at the 2019 European Youth Summer Olympic Festival, and Katie Shanahan, who also took home a six-strong haul from Baku.

The 12 additional athletes:

Elliot Clogg – England, Loughborough National Centre

Evelyn Davis – Scotland, Bromley

Holly Hibbott – England, Bath National Centre

Lucy Hope – Scotland, Edinburgh University

Emily Large – England, Bath National Centre

Keanna MacInnes – Scotland, University of Stirling

James McFadzen – England, Loughborough University

Ed Mildred – England, Northampton SC

Emma Russell – Scotland, University of Stirling

Katie Shanahan – Scotland, City of Glasgow SC

Laura Stephens – England, Plymouth Leander

Tamryn Van Selm – England, Millfield

Quotas in the following events have already been filled:

Women

100m freestyle; 100m backstroke; 100m breaststroke; 200m breaststroke; 200m individual medley

Men

100m freestyle; 200m freestyle; 100m breaststroke; 200m breaststroke; 100m butterfly; 200m individual medley; 400m individual medley

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Photo Courtesy: Hector Pardoe Twitter

So too have Hector Pardoe, Toby Robinson and Emily Clarke been added to the squad for Budapest where they will compete in the open water.

Robinson will compete in the Tokyo 10k qualifier in Portugal in June after replacing Jack Burnell following his retirement and both he and Pardoe are looking for racing practice.

Budapest has never been part of Alice Dearing and Danielle Huskisson‘s training plans ahead of the qualifier.

With international racing opportunities limited over the past year, National Performance Director Chris Spice is looking forward to seeing British athletes back in the water alongside top-class rivals from across the continent.

He said:

“This event comes at an opportune moment as we step up our final preparations for Tokyo, bringing the team together for the first time since our announcement on Tuesday.

“Whilst we have enjoyed the experience of domestic racing with the recent selection trials and the two meets in Manchester before that, this will be our first time back in international competition in over a year.

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Adam Peaty: Photo Courtesy: Mine Kasapoglu / ISL

“This will be another big step forward, and we fully support and thank LEN and our fellow European national teams for committing to this important racing opportunity.

“We are confident that the protocols and guidance will be in place to ensure the safest possible environment for our athletes, coaches and support staff.

“The European Championships are also another important element in our Olympic selection policy, so the week of racing will be an opportunity for some athletes to put in the performances they need to and that we know they are capable of.

“It is also a key chance to test out our relay squads and seek Olympic qualification where necessary, whilst for the younger members of the squad, it will be a valuable learning experience on their journey into Paris 2024 and beyond.”

GB Olympic squad for Budapest:

  • Freya Anderson – England, Bath National Centre
  • Kieran Bird – Wales, Bath National Centre
  • Kathleen Dawson – Scotland, University of Stirling
  • Tom Dean – England, Bath National Centre
  • Luke Greenbank – England, Loughborough National Centre
  • James Guy – England, Bath National Centre
  • Anna Hopkin – England, Loughborough National Centre
  • Calum Jarvis – Wales, Bath National Centre
  • Dan Jervis – Wales, Swansea University
  • Harriet Jones – Wales, City of Cardiff
  • Joe Litchfield – England, Loughborough National Centre
  • Max Litchfield – England, Loughborough National Centre
  • Ross Murdoch – Scotland, University of Stirling
  • Adam Peaty – England, Loughborough National Centre
  • Jacob Peters – England, Bath National Centre
  • Ben Proud – England, Bath University
  • Molly Renshaw – England, Loughborough National Centre
  • Matthew Richards – Wales, Bath National Centre
  • Duncan Scott – Scotland, University of Stirling
  • Alys Thomas – Wales, Swansea University
  • Sarah Vasey – England, Loughborough National Centre
  • Jacob Whittle – England, Derventio Excel
  • James Wilby – England, Loughborough National Centre
  • Cassie Wild – Scotland, University of Stirling
  • Brodie Williams – England, Bath National Centre
  • Aimee Willmott – England, University of Stirling
  • Alicia Wilson – England, Guildford City
  • Abbie Wood – England, Loughborough National Centre

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