Swimmers prepare for European Championships with Italian job

Eight Commonwealth Games champions are among a squad of 39 travelling to Italy as part of their preparations for this summer’s European Championships.

They will be competing against world-class competition at the Sette Colli 2018, taking place in the Stadio del Nuoto, Rome, from 29 June to 1 July.

The squad includes Team England Commonwealth Games gold medallists Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Adam Peaty, Ben Proud, Sarah Vasey, James Wilby and Aimee Willmott, while Scotland’s Duncan Scott and Wales’ Alys Thomas are also travelling to the Italian capital.

English swimmers in Sette Colli 2018 squad

  • Imogen Clark (Loughborough NC)
  • Elliot Clogg (Loughborough NC)
  • David Cumberlidge (University of Stirling)
  • Tom Derbyshire (Bath NC)
  • Eleanor Faulkner (City of Sheffield)
  • Tom Fannon (Plymouth Leander)
  • Jessica Fullalove (Bath NC)
  • Luke Greenback (Loughborough NC)
  • James Guy (Bath NC)
  • Holly Hibbott (Stockport Metro)
  • Anna Hopkin (University of Bath)
  • Cameron Kurle (Bath NC)
  • Jay Lelliott (City of Sheffield)
  • Max Litchfield (City of Sheffield)
  • Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (City of Sheffield)
  • Molly Renshaw (Loughborough NC)
  • Adam Peaty (Loughborough NC)
  • Ben Proud (Plymouth Leander)
  • Sarah Vasey (Loughborough NC)
  • James Wilby (Loughborough NC)
  • Brodie Williams (Millfield)
  • Aimee Willmott (University of Stirling)
  • Abbie Wood (Loughborough NC)

Team leader Chris Spice said: “Sette Colli is a fantastic event that gives our swimmers another opportunity to perform on an international stage prior to our benchmark meet of the year.

“Some of our junior swimmers competing in Glasgow will get their racing experience in Helsinki at the European Junior Championships so are not in this squad.

“This meet is a key part of our national race strategy and the timing allows our athletes to practice their race processes before they begin their final preparations into the Europeans.”

The European Championships take place between 2-12 August in Glasgow. A team of 43 British swimmers will be competing at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre between 3-9 August.