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British squads named for World and European Junior Championships

25 junior swimmers from across England have been rewarded for their strong performances at the British Swimming Championships, earning a place at this summer’s major junior championships.

22 English athletes will be part of the Great Britain team at the 2019 European Junior Championships in Kazan, Russia, from 3-7 July.

Five of those swimmers – Charlie Brown, Pia Murray, Kayla Van Der Merwe, Michaella Glenister and Honey Osrin – will double up to feature at the World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary from 20-25 August.

They’ll be joined on the British team by City of Leicester’s Will Bell – a member of the Swim England Performance Squad – City of Birmingham’s Charlotte Rigg and Millfield’s Rachel Anderson.

Taking on the world

An elite squad of 10 swimmers will represent Great Britain in Budapest, with last week’s performances in Glasgow offering plenty of promise for the team.

Will Bell won silver in both the men’s 800m and 1500m Freestyle events at the British Championships, beating former European junior champion Tom Derbyshire in both events.

It’s also been a successful start to the year for members of the Swim England Talent programme.

World Championship-bound swimmers Van Der Merwe, Osrin, Rigg and Anderson all raced against some of Europe’s best at the Meeting de Nice in February.

British Swimming’s Head of Elite Development, Tim Jones, said: “In amongst the results from the British Championships were some outstanding junior performances and prodigious talent, the likes of which we have not seen for a number of years.

“This is an exciting group of young swimmers, with a good number who will still be available for junior competition for another year or two.”

Russia awaits

The 2018 European Junior Championships proved successful for Great Britain, with Tom Dean and the women’s 4x100m Medley relay team both setting championship records.

The 2019 squad features exciting Derby youngster Jacob Whittle, of Derventio Excel Swim Squad, who last week swam the fastest ever 100m Freestyle time by a 14-year-old.

Meanwhile, Nova Centurion’s Freya Colbert earned her place on the squad for the Europeans after finishing sixth in the Open 400m Freestyle final at the nationals.

Northampton Swimming Club’s Edward Mildred, who set a new British junior record at the Swim England National Winter Championships, confirmed his place on the GB team by winning the junior 200m Freestyle final in Glasgow.

British Swimming team for 2019 European Junior Championships

  • Edward Mildred (England) Northampton Swimming Club
  • Oliver Taverner (England) Mount Kelly Swimming
  • Jacob Whittle (England) Derventio Excel Swim Squad
  • Samuel Osborne (England) City of Birmingham SC
  • Harry Noble (England) Mount Kelly Swimming
  • Adam Metcalf (England) Ellesmere College Titans SC
  • Joel Thompson (England) Ellesmere College Titans SC
  • Jacob Davies (England) City of Birmingham SC
  • Matthew Richards (Wales) The Royal Wolverhampton School
  • Charlie Hutchison (Scotland) Ellesmere College Titans SC
  • Charlie Brown (England) City of Sheffield Swim Squad
  • Archie Goodburn (Scotland) Warrender Baths Club
  • Kyle Booth (Wales) City of Cardiff
  • Katie Shanahan (Scotland) City Of Glasgow Swim Team
  • Freya Colbert (England) Nova Centurion SC
  • Tamryn Van Selm (England) Bromley SC
  • Mia Slevin (England) Derventio Excel Swim Squad
  • Lauren Wetherell (Scotland) Ellesmere College Titans SC
  • Emma Russell (Scotland) Heart of Midlothian ASC
  • Medi Harris (Wales) Swim Gwynedd
  • Sophie Freeman (England) Plymouth Leander SC
  • Maisie Elliott (England) City of Leicester SC
  • Sophie Yendell (England) City of Derby Swimming Club
  • Evelyn Davis (England) Bromley SC
  • Rebecca Clynes (England) City of Leeds SC
  • Fleur Lewis (England) Barnet Copthall SC
  • Pia Murray (England) Ellesmere College Titans SC
  • Kayla Van Der Merwe (England) Winchester City Penguins
  • Michaella Glenister (England) Leicester Sharks Swimming Club
  • Honey Osrin (England) Plymouth Leander SC

British Swimming team for 2019 World Junior Championships

  • Will Bell (England) City of Leicester SC
  • Charlie Brown (England) City of Sheffield Swim Squad
  • Archie Goodburn (Scotland) Warrender Baths Club
  • Kyle Booth (Wales) City of Cardiff
  • Pia Murray (England) Ellesmere College Titans SC
  • Kayla Van Der Merwe (England) Winchester City Penguins
  • Charlotte Rigg (England) City of Birmingham SC
  • Michaella Glenister (England) Leicester Sharks Swimming Club
  • Rachel Anderson (England) Millfield School
  • Honey Osrin (England) Plymouth Leander SC