Monday, April 4, 2022

Sheffield to set the scene for a summer of international swimming

All eyes will be on Sheffield this week, as Ponds Forge International Sports Centre plays host to the British Swimming Championships.  Around 1500 athletes are registered to compete in what is the key selection meet for international competition for both senior and junior swimmers later this year, including the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

For swimming, Team Scotland Aquatics will be relatively small in number compared to previous Games, with around 16 athletes selected. Duncan Scott and Kathleen Dawson (both University of Stirling) are the only swimmers whose place on the team has been confirmed, so there will be plenty of fierce competition in the coming days to secure consideration times and subsequent nomination.

Edinburgh University’s Scott Gibson and Kara Hanlon, who broke Scottish Senior Records at BUCS back in February, backing up their performance well at the Edinburgh International a month later, will be looking to continue their form in Sheffield. Neither backstroke specialist Gibson, nor breaststroker Hanlon, have secured international caps as yet, but both are looking strong heading into this meet.

The Team Scotland selection policy for aquatics (including swimming, diving and para-swimming), can be found here.

The British Swimming Championships will provide a great platform for junior swimmers to move into the senior ranks. City of Glasgow Swim Team’s Katie Shanahan raced at last year’s European Championships prior to her final outing at junior level. The 17-year-old will be looking to build on last year’s excellent form, which saw her return from Rome with six medals, results which also helped secure her a place on ISL’s London Roar roster for the remainder of the 2021 season.

Similarly, the men’s 400m IM will see Angus Allison (University of Stirling), Evan Jones (Millfield School) and Charlie Hutchison (Loughborough University) continue their rivalry. Duncan Scott, Olympic Silver medallist for 200m IM, also has his name down for the longer medley event, so lots of Scottish interest there.

Selection policies for the World Championships, European Championships, European Junior Championships and European Youth Olympic Festival can be found here.

Speaking ahead of the Championships, Alan Lynn, Scottish Swimming’s National Coach, said,

“The anticipation of a great week of racing has everyone excited and determined to perform at their best. There are so many selection opportunities to race for, each & every day has something at stake for Scottish swimmers.

“Swimming is a sport where you largely get what you deserve. If the work has been done and there’s confidence in final preparation, the outcomes should follow.

“The busiest ever summer of championships is on offer, let’s see who seizes their chance!

The British Swimming Championships will be streamed live on the British Swimming YouTube page with 1988 Olympic medallist Andy Jameson and three-time Olympian Aimee Willmott on commentary duty.

Results and start sheets can be found here.