Britain name 18-strong squad for LEN U23 European Championships

Britain’s Leah Schlossham claimed the 200m IM title in Otopeni, Romania – Simone Castrovillari / LEN

European junior champion Leah Schlosshan has been named in an 18-strong British team for the inaugural LEN U23 European Championships in Dublin this summer.

The individual medley specialist will be joined by senior European medallist Ed Mildred, multiple European junior podium finisher Eva Okara and Scottish Commonwealth medallist Evan Jones at the event which runs from 11-13 August.

They are part of a list of over 400 athletes from 26 nations who have already submitted entries for Dublin 2023, with that number expected to rise to over 500 in the coming weeks.

Athletes aged 19-23 (born 2000-2004) will be eligible to compete, however, for the inaugural edition of the U23 Championships each Federation may enter one competitor per event who is aged 14-18 (born 2005-2009) as part of its four-strong competitor line-up.

The Sport Ireland: National Aquatic Centre hosted the LEN short course European Championships during its first year of operation – 2003.

The British line-up also includes a host of swimmers who impressed at the recent national championships, namely Archie Goodburn, Lilly Booker, Lewis Fraser and Charlie Hutchison.

“It is an exciting prospect to have put together a team that will compete at a completely new event and one that will offer racing against world-class competitors in a big arena environment,” stated British Swimming Head of Performance Development Alan Lynn.

“The 18 athletes on this team have a blend of senior and junior experience, with some preparing for their first time in a GB cap and others heading to the meet off the back of the senior World Championships in Fukuoka.

“We know that each and every one of them can thrive in this big-meet environment and can also use the opportunity to progress their performances on the international stage, whether that is with the Olympic year of 2024 in mind or future international competitions.”

In addition to the best young European talent fans will also be able to watch swimmers from the USA, who confirmed their attendance earlier in the year.

They will be joined by one additional team from each continental federation at the Sport Ireland: National Aquatic Centre.