Swimming Talent Decends on Sheffield
In just under two weeks the cream of British Swimming will gather in Sheffield for the British Gas Swimming Championships, the trials event for the FINA World Championships later this year.
Led by Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson and World silver medallist Hannah Miley, a host of British Swimmers will be battling it out for a spot on the British team Barcelona-bound.
Hannah Miley boasts one of the most impressive records in British Champs history, having lifted the 200m Individual Medley title for the past six years and the 400m Individual Medley crown for the past seven.
The World Short Course champion will aim to defend both titles in Sheffield and faces tough competition in the form of Bath ITCs Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Sophie Allen and Loughborough ITC’s Sophie Smith. With less than half a second separating them at their last British Champs encounter, this promises to be one of the closest races of the week.
Amongst the 400 plus swimmers who have entered the competition, City of Sheffield’s own crop of talent will be looking to put their names in the selection hat. Freestyle specialists Ellie Faulkner and Rebecca Turner, who competed in the London 2012 Olympics, will be looking to post times under the qualifying standard to compete in their first World Championships.
Matthew Johnson leads the charge of youngsters from team steel looking to make their breakthrough into the senior team for the first time.