Dynamic British Squad Targets European Championships

LONDON, July 9. BRITAIN will send one of its biggest aquatic squads to contest a major meet when 64 athletes from swimming, diving, open water swimming and synchronised swimming converge on Budapest for the European Championships. The Hungarian capital will host the best athletes on the continent later this month when events get underway on July 26.

It's the first time Britain has sent a full team for many years, as the event has coincided with other international commitments over recent times, but they will be looking to impress on their European rivals. Britain's ability to send a large squad against the rest of the continent is due, in no small part, to increased funding released due to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

"The last time Great Britain was represented in all disciplines at a European Championships was in Istanbul in 1999," said British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes. "The additional funding we've received since the announcement of the London Games has now afforded us the opportunity to begin to build a strong team to take on the challenge of the Olympics in just six years time. It will enable our athletes to experience the best international competitions over the next few years, giving them opportunities to learn and develop into Olympic contenders."

Swimming will take place at the Alfred Hajos Swimming Complex between July 31-Aug. 6. The swimming squad for Britain consists of:

Name Club
Amy Smith, Loughborough
Caitlin McClatchey, Loughborough
Cassie Patten, Plymouth Leander
Elizabeth Simmonds, Lincoln Vulcans
Francesca Halsall, Co Liverpool
Hannah Miley, Garioch
Jessica Dickons, Bo Stockton
Jessica Sylvester, Nova Centurion
Jo Jackson, Derwentside
Julia Beckett, Loughborough
Kate Haywood, Loughborough
Katherine Wyld, Nova Centurion
Katy Sexton, Portsmouth Northsea
Keri-Anne Payne, Stockport Metro
Kerry Buchan, South Aberdeenshire
Kirsty Balfour, Co Edinburgh
Mel Marshall, Loughborough
Rebecca Adlington, Nova Centurion
Rebecca Cooke, Co Glasgow
Rebecca Shaw, Loughborough
Ros Brett, Loughborough
Stephanie Proud, Loughborough
Terri Dunning, Co Birmingham
Andrew Hunter, Stirling Swim
Chris Alderton, Wear Valley
Chris Cook, Co Newcastle
Chris Cozens, Loughborough
Craig Houston, Stirling Swim
Darren Mew, Bath University
David Carry, Co Aberdeen
David Davies, Co Cardif
Euan Dale, Loughborough
Gregor Tait, Co Cardiff
James Gibson, Loughborough
James Goddard, Stockport Metro
James Kirton, Co Sheffield
Joe Roebuck, Loughborough
Kris Gilchrist, Co Edinburgh
Lewis Smith, Warrender
Liam Tancock, Loughborough
Matt Bowe, Loughborough
Matt Clay, Swansea Performance
Robbie Renwick, Co Aberdeen
Ross Davenport, Loughborough
Simon Burnett, Wycombe District
Todd Cooper, Stirling Swim

Additionally, Bill Sweetenham has been the National Performance director for Great Britain since November of 2000. The Brits could make some noise as Sweetenham has proven himself with four Olympic Games and five Commonwealth Games as the manager of the Australian swim team.

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