Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Ten Scots to swim on home soil at Glasgow 2018 European Championships

Ten Scottish swimmers will race on home soil at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships from August 3-9.

Duncan Scott headlines the British team following his record-breaking performance at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games where he won six medals, including one gold, on his way to becoming the most successful Scottish athlete ever at a single Games, across all sports.

Commonwealth Games silver medallists Hannah Miley, Ross Murdoch and Mark Szaranek have also been selected. Miley added a third 400m IM medal to her career tally in Gold Coast, while Murdoch swam a personal best at this time of year to take silver in the 200m breaststroke. Szaranek claimed silver in the Men's 400m IM, also setting a PB in the process. Craig McNally swam alongside Murdoch, Szaranek and Scott in the 4x100m medley relay quartet, which set a new Scottish Record in the final, and he too has been selected.

Craig McLean also set new lifetime bests this week and picked up a bronze medal as part of the 4x100m freestyle relay team. Stephen Milne also picked up a medal in that event and he too is selected.

Cassie Wild set new personal bests for her 50m backstroke twice this week in Australia and her fellow finalists in that event, Kathleen Dawson and Lucy Hope, also make the squad. 

Camilla Hattersley made the cut and would have been the eleventh Scot due to compete in Glasgow, but she has elected not to take part due to education commitments. Lizzie Simmonds, who recently moved to the University of Edinburgh, will also sit out the meet.

Also on the 43-strong team are breaststroke World and Olympic Champion Adam Peaty, Commonwealth Games triple-medallist James Wilby, and fellow Loughborough alum Sarah Vasey.

Aimee Wilmott, who trains at the University of Stirling, beat Miley in the 400m IM final and she joins fellow Commonwealth Champions Alys Thomas and Siobhan Marie O’Connor in taking to the pool in Glasgow.

Of particular interest and excitement is the potential of the Men's relay teams, with Commonwealth, World and Olympics champions past and present n the mix including Scott, Peaty, Murdoch, Wilby, James Guy, Calum Jarvis and Ben Proud.

Chris Spice, National Performance Director for British Swimming, said: “There have been some excellent performances on the Gold Coast over the last six days.

“But now our focus in on our benchmark meet of the year, the European Championships.

“We are looking at this as a great opportunity to compete on a huge stage, and is an important part of our planning towards Tokyo 2020.”

A number of swimmers not competing in the Gold Coast will also be given the opportunity to compete in Glasgow after racing well in Europe last week.

Spice added: “As this is a home meet it is a great opportunity for our young talent to experience international competition which is why we have chosen such a large team.

“This was a key component of the published selection policy so that we could maximise our performances in Glasgow in August."

The full squad is:

Freya Anderson (England)

Charlotte Atkinson (Isle of Man)

Imogen Clarke (England)

David Cumberlidge (England)

Georgia Davies (Wales)

Kathleen Dawson (Scotland)

Tom Dean (England)

Tom Derbyshire (England)

Ellie Faulkner (England)

Jessica Fullalove (England)

Luke Greenbank (England)

Kat Greenslade (Wales)

James Guy (England)

Holly Hibbott (England)

Lucy Hope (Scotland)

Anna Hopkin (England)

Calum Jarvis (Wales)

Dan Jervis (Wales)

Cameron Kurle (England)

Emily Large (England)

Jay Lelliott (England)

Max Litchfield (England)

Craig McLean (Scotland)

Craig McNally (Scotland)

Hannah Miley (Scotland)

Stephen Milne (Scotland)

Ross Murdoch (Scotland)

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (England)

Adam Peaty (England)

Jacob Peters (England)

Ben Proud (England)

Nick Pyle (England)

Molly Renshaw (England)

Duncan Scott (Scotland)

Mark Szaranek (Scotland)

Alys Thomas (Wales)

Chloe Tutton (Wales)

Sarah Vasey (England)

James Wilby (England)

Cassie Wild (Scotland)

Brodie Williams (England)

Aimee Willmott (England)

Abbie Wood (England)


The Glasgow 2018 European Championships swimming events will take place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre. Tickets are available here.