Britain’s top young swimmers compete in Sheffield

The British Summer Championships return for 2022 for the seven-day event at the Ponds Forge International Sports Center in Sheffield.

It marks the return of competition for the first time in three years with the best young swimmers from across Britain set to compete July 22-28.

The event also brings it back to English soil, after Glasgow’s Tollcross ISC hosted the competition’s last race in 2019.

The top 24 swimmers in each event and age group were invited to attend the Championships, with the exception of the 800m and 1500m events, where the top 18 were invited.

Entries were chosen based on performance recorded during the qualifying window from March 11 to May 8.

There is a change for the competition from previous years after the decision was made to change the age groups for the first time since 2014.

The 17/18 age bracket is now split into two individual age brackets for males and females.

The hope is that the change in format will help give greater quality racing opportunities to more swimmers by having separate events for the two groups.

The age groups for the event are now: 13/14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19+.

“A springboard to international swimming”

Swim England swimming talent manager Richard Blackshaw is delighted with the event, saying the meeting is key to swimmer development.

He said: “The UK and English Summer Nationals provide many important opportunities for swimmer development, ones that have not been available since COVID.

“The competitions will provide racing experiences at UK and national level to develop arena skills and compete in late summer competition.

“Swimmers will have the opportunity to compete in a seven-day competition that will provide valuable self-management experience through pre-pool, post-pool with warm-up and swim-down.”

Speaking on what the event means for swimmers, he said: “We sincerely hope this meeting inspires and motivates UK swimmers to continue their journey in our amazing sport.

“Events like this help reward the many seasons of hard work and perseverance of everyone who attends and are a great stepping stone to international swimming.”

Following the British Summer Championships, Ponds Forge will next host the Swim England Summer National Meet from August 5-8 as the season draws to a close.

Find out more information about the British Summer Championships, including how to get tickets on the British Swimming website.

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