Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Six Scots set for FINA World Championships

Six Scottish swimmers are amongst a 29-strong British Swimming team selected to compete at this summer’s FINA World Championships in Budapest.

Hannah Miley, Kathleen Dawson, Duncan Scott, Ross Murdoch, Stephen Milne and Mark Szaranek have all been selected based on performances at the British Swimming Championships, and will join the likes of Olympic Champion Adam Peaty and Olympic medallists Jazz Carlin, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, James Guy, as well as a group of emerging younger swimmers some of whom will be making their senior international debut.

Commenting on the selections, British Swimming Head Coach Bill Furniss was pleased with what he saw at the British Championships last week in Sheffield where athletes competed for selection.

“It was a tough week but we saw some very good performances as both athletes and coaches rose to the challenge,” said Furniss.

“I think it was a typical first selection competition following an Olympic Games. Some of our athletes that were successful in Rio, and had an extended break afterwards, did well yet others did not fire on all cylinders. This is to be expected.

“However, we’ve got all of our top swimmers there along with an exciting group of juniors that came through and showed themselves and their potential to achieve within the international arena. It’s a good balance between youth and senior, and will create a positive and productive dynamic within the squad.”

The British Championships took place over six days at Ponds Forge International in Sheffield and Furniss was encouraged by athlete performances as they put themselves in the frame for selection.

“The selectors were pleased that so many swimmers achieved the qualification or consideration time,” Furniss added. “We set difficult standards but these reflect what we’re trying to do in British Swimming and what is required to be successful. To see so many swimmers achieving these times is very encouraging.

“The high number of records achieved last week didn’t surprise me. If we are to compete on the world stage you have to show continual improvement and that is what we saw at the Championships.

“We’ve already got one eye on Tokyo and therefore we want to introduce that next generation of elite swimmers to world class arenas. They did a good job in putting themselves forward but now the work starts again as we build towards the World Championships in Budapest in July.”

The British Swimming team set for the World Championships comprises:

Athlete

Home Nation

Club

Adam Peaty

England

National Centre Loughborough

Jocelyn Ulyett

England

Loughborough University

Max Litchfield

England

City of Sheffield Swim Squad

Duncan Scott

Scotland

University of Stirling

Ben Proud

England

Plymouth Leander

The athletes above gained selection after they won their event and achieved the qualification standard at the British Championships 2017 as per Table 1 of the selection policy. 

Hannah Miley

Scotland

University of Aberdeen

Chris Walker-Hebborn

England

National Centre Bath

James Guy

England

National Centre Bath

Calum Jarvis

Wales

National Centre Bath

Nick Grainger

England

City of Sheffield Swim Squad

Ross Murdoch

Scotland

University of Stirling

Molly Renshaw

England

National Centre Loughborough

Daniel Jervis

Wales

City of Swansea Aquatics

Charlotte Atkinson

Isle of Man

Loughborough University

Georgia Davies

Wales

Loughborough University

Sarah Vasey

England

National Centre Loughborough

Alys Thomas

Wales

City of Swansea Aquatics

Freya Anderson

England

Ellesmere College Titans

Stephen Milne

Scotland

Perth City Swim Club

James Wilby

England

National Centre Loughborough

Aimee Willmott

England

London Aquatics Centre PP

Holly Hibbott

England

Stockport Metro

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor

England

National Centre Bath

The athletes above gained selection after they achieved the consideration time as per Table 2 of the selection policy (individual and relay).

Jazz Carlin

Wales

National Centre Bath

Abbie Wood

England

National Centre Loughborough

Rosie Rudin

England

City of Sheffield Swim Squad

Mark Szaranek

Scotland

Edinburgh University/Florida

Luke Greenbank

England

National Centre Loughborough

Kathleen Dawson

Scotland

University of Stirling

The athletes above gained selection at the discretion of the GB Head Coach and National Performance Director. The criteria for these decisions included provision of relay cover and alternates to rest key athletes that have large schedules; potential to make the Tokyo 2020 Olympic team; individual performances over the last 12 months and performances at the British Championships 2017.

Coaches selected to the British Team for the World Championships are:

Jol Finck              - National Centre Bath

Ben Higson            - University of Stirling

Andi Manley         - Loughborough University

Mel Marshall         - National Centre Loughborough

David McNulty      - National Centre Bath

Stephen Tigg         - University of Stirling

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