Great Britain has announced a roster of 12 athletes that it will send to December’s European Short Course Championships that are scheduled for Netanya, Israel.
The roster includes the a group of Britain’s most elite swimmers; among them are 7 of the 10 swimmers who were faster than the UK’s internal automatic Olympic qualifying standards this year (though the times won’t actually count for that purpose). While the UK, like most of the world, is focused on long course swimming in the lead-up to the Olympic year, this is a roster that seems to have been reserved strictly for those capable of winning medals. That provides value in both racing experience and sharpening race skills; as well as on a broader scale, helping to maintain the integrity of the meet as a continental championship.
Among those who will race in Israel will be Adam Peaty, the defending World Champion in the 50 and 100 meter breaststrokes and the World Record holder in both as well.
Great Britain earned 9 medals at the 2013 edition of this championship (including two by O’Connor and one by Walker-Hebborn), but none of them were gold.
Four of the swimmer (Willis, Carlin, Miley, and O’Connor) will pull double duty and less than a week later be in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States to race at the Duel in the Pool – a roster for which was also announced on Thursday.
Britain has also announced rosters for the final two stops of the FINA World Cup Series in Doha and Dubai, and those swimmers who will travel to race in the Amsterdam Cup in mid-December.
Athletes set to compete at the LEN European Short Course Championships (2-6 Dec) are:
|Men’s Lineup||Women’s Lineup|
|Luke Greenbank||Jazz Carlin|
|Roberto Pavoni||Georgia Coates|
|Adam Peaty||Fran Halsall|
|Robbie Renwick||Hannah Miley|
|Liam Tancock||Siobhan-Marie O’Connor|
|Chris Walker Hebborn|
Athletes set to compete at the FINA World Cups in Doha (2-3 Nov) and Dubai (6-7 Nov) are:
|Craig Benson||Emma Cain|
|Luke Greenbank||Jazmin Carlin|
|James Guy||Georgia Coates|
|Calum Jarvis||Harrier Cooper|
|Cameron Kurle||Jemma Lowe|
|Stephen Milne||Katie Matts|
|Ross Murdoch||Rosie Rudin|
|Adam Peaty||Sarah Vasey|
|Robbie Renwick||Aimee Willmott|
|Duncan Scott||Abbie Wood|
Athletes set to compete at the Amsterdam Cup (11-13 Dec) are: