2016 EUROPEAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, July 6 – Sunday, July 10, 2016
- Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary
- Prelims 9:30AM / Finals 5:30PM (Local Time: UTC+2)
- Meet website
- Live Stream
- Start Lists and Live Results
The 2016 European Junior Championships kicked off yesterday in Hungary, where the continent’s best young athletes aged 14-17 for girls and 15-18 for boys take to the pool for 5 days of action.
Two of the athletes in the midst of competing are Scottish swimmers Craig McLean and Ryan Brown. In the vignettes below, both youngsters describe their mentality heading into the major international meet, as well as what each does to manage expectations and prepare.
For McLean, his participation at the Youth Commonwealth Games has helped get his mind right for Hungary, getting him accustomed to traveling and racing outside of Britain. Training alongside Robbie Renwick and Duncan Scott at Stirling University, both of whom have qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games, has given McLean ‘confidence’. He describes how, ‘although there will be setbacks, there will be ups and downs, the key is to keep moving forward.’
Thus far in Hungary, McLean finished 36th in the men’s 100m freestyle with his time of 51.44. He will also be competing in the 200m freestyle event.
Glasgow swimmer Ryan Brown describes how he’s feeling ‘pretty good’ headed into European Juniors, and says he wouldn’t be where he is today without his ‘supportive family’ and his ‘coach mom.’ Brown recently made the move to the City of Glasgow Swim Team, where he’s training in a partnership with the University of West Scotland, where he admits there was ‘a couple months adjustment period’, as the swimmer was training on his own previously.
Brown placed 12th in the men’s 200m butterfly (2:01.16) and will also compete in the men’s 100m butterfly in Hungary.