British Swimming to Send 21-Strong Junior Squad to U.S. Open

In Olympic years, as well as years that hold World Championship Trials, USA Swimming’s year-ending National Championship meet often reverts from a competition exclusively for Americans to a “U.S. Open Championship,” where American titles are handed out, but any swimmer who has met the qualifying standards is welcome to compete.

This gives an American audience, and the American competitors, the chance to be exposed to global talent that can only help the sport and the swimmers grow and improve. This year, British Swimming will send a squad of 21 of their top junior swimmers to Indianapolis to compete with the best of the Americans.

The group coming overseas includes a number of swimmers who will be contending for medals in Rio de Janeiro at the 2016 Olympics. Among them is Molly Renshaw, who was 2nd at Britain’s first Olympic Trials in 2012 in the 200 breast, with a FINA “A” time, but later lost an appeal to be put on the Olympic Team anyway.

Other big names on the roster are Jack Marriott, and Florida sophomore Dan Wallace, plus impressive young backstrokers Jessica Fullalove and Lauren Quigley. Quigley is the best high school backstroker we’ve seen since Lizzie Simmonds.

The full lineup of 21 is below.

•    James Broady            Loughborough University
•    Cameron Brodie        British Gas Stirling ITC
•    Jack Burnell                British Gas Loughborough ITC
•    Lewis Coleman         City of Sheffield
•    Kane Haggett             Derventio
•    Alfie Howes                City of Cardiff
•    Calum Jarvis              British Gas Bath ITC
•    Matthew Johnson      City of Sheffield
•    Adam Mallett              British Gas Swansea ITC
•    Jack Marriott               British Gas Loughborough ITC
•    Craig McNally             Warrender Baths
•    Russell Smith            British Gas Stockport ITC
•    Daniel Wallace          Warrender Baths
•    Jessica Fullalove      City of Manchester Aquatics
•    Georgia Hohmann    NOVA
•    Karley Mann               Hillingdon Swimming Club
•    Lauren Quigley          City of Manchester Aquatics
•    Molly Renshaw          Derventio
•    Elena Sheridan         Romford Town
•    Sophie Smith            City of Leicester
•    Lucy Spencer            City of Sheffield

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joeb

i had heard the french were sending a group also, but smaller. they sent one to federal way a few years ago.

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