Along with the British Universities & Colleges (BUCS) Short Course Championships taking place this weekend, there are two other elite club meets at which several key British stars will be competing.
First, the annual Stockport Metro November Meet will be held at Life Leisure Grand Central Friday, November 15th through Sunday, November 17th. The short course affair has seen the likes of World Champion James Guy and Commonwealth Games medalist Holly Hibbott take part in the past, although this year there is more of an up-and-coming vibe.
Meet attendees include multi-European Championships and Commonwealth Games relay medalist Freya Anderson of Ellesmere. The 18-year-old freestyle ace is coming off an impressive performance at this year’s World Championships, where she anchored the British mixed medley relay to bronze in Gwangju, Korea.
Her club teammate Charlie Hutchison is also set to race in Stockport this weekend. The 16-year-old recently competed at the European Junior Championships in Kazan, Russia, where he fell just shy of the podium in the men’s 400m IM, putting up the fastest time of his career in 4:17.63. That outing places him at slot #15 among the all-time British performers, all ages.
Additionally, Nova Centurion budding star Freya Colbert will be in the Stockport Metro water multiple times to try to land atop the podium.
The 2019 Leicester Open also spans Friday, November 15th through Sunday, November 17th at Braunstone Leisure Centre. Unique to the meet is a 200m mystery individual medley event taking place during Sunday’s session, where the fastest 200m IM swimmers from session 1 will be invited to participate.
As for the regular meet events, City of Leicester’s Maisie Elliott and William Bell are slated to represent the club, both of whom were recently named to Swim England’s Performance Squad for the 2019-20 season.
Edward Mildred and Betsy Wizard are among the young guns from Northampton also ready to make their mark at this Leicester meet, each taking on packed schedules to get some solid short course racing under their belts.