Big Bath contingent heading to European Short Course Champs as swimmers earn World Class Programme places for Olympic season

03 November 2023

Eight University of Bath-based swimmers have been named in a 35-strong British Swimming squad for the 2023 European Short Course Championships, being staged in Bucharest, Romania from 5th to 10th December.

Bill Whiteley Swimming Scholar Tom Dean will be looking to extend his run of medalling at major championships after being selected alongside fellow British Swimming Performance Centre Bath athletes Jono Adam, Freya Anderson, Cameron Brooker, Ed Mildred, Jacob Peters, Jacob Whittle and Brodie Williams.

Ben Proud, who represents the University of Bath Swimming Club, is also heading to Bucharest along with University alumna Anna Hopkin.

British Swimming Head Coach Bill Furniss said: “The European Short Course Championships are a great opportunity for us to assess where the athletes are at come the end of the first training block of Olympic year.

“It will also be a great opportunity to continue building team morale as we build towards the Olympic Games, with the team list combining our more experienced swimmers with some new faces to the senior team.”

Freestyle specialist Whittle, who made his Olympic debut aged 16 at the Tokyo Games in 2021, is a new member of the Performance Centre Bath training group where he has linked up again with former coach Jamie Main.

He is among 10 Bath-based swimmers named on British Swimming’s World Class Programme (WCP) for the 2023-2024 season, joining Olympic Champions Anderson and Dean on the Podium tier as well as Peters and Williams.

Selected for the Podium Potential tier are Mechanical Engineering student Brooker, Sports Performance graduate Adam, Mildred and two more new arrivals to the Performance Centre Bath squad, Biomedical Sciences fresher Robbie Hemmings and Matthew Ward.

Proud and Hopkin are also on the Podium tier ahead of an Olympic season which will also feature European and world-level competitions and a host of other competitive opportunities.

The British Swimming Performance Centre Bath squad train in the Olympic-standard 50m pool at the Team Bath Sports Training Village, which is also open to the public. Click here to see the timetable.

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