An Ayrshire swimmer hopes to make a splash within the pool this week when she heads for London.
Troon’s Lucy Grieve will compete within the British Swimming Selection Trials – previously referred to as the British Swimming Championships – in London.
The event begins tomorrow on the capital’s Aquatics Centre.
Normally the quickest 30 to 40 swimmers in every event from throughout the nation compete and swimmers would qualify for occasions just like the Olympics and European Junior Championships.
However, a scarcity of coaching alternatives for many athletes because of Covid restrictions has turned the game the wrong way up.
Therefore, many of the swimmers throughout the nation throughout the qualifying requirements to enter the British Open Championships will be unable to compete.
Swimmers inside nationwide squads have been privileged as elite athletes to coach at particular venues and can make up the opponents of what’s now referred to as the British Swimming Selection Trials.
Lucy, a South Ayrshire Swim Team member who attends Marr College, might be competing within the 100m Butterfly.
She is a member of the Scottish Youth Squad and has been allowed restricted entry at Tollcross in Glasgow to coach with different Scottish squad members.
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The 17-year-old had been targeted on qualifying for the European Junior Championships in 2020 which was cancelled because of the pandemic.
The purpose is now the 2021 championships scheduled to happen within the Italian capital Rome from July 6 to July 11.
Team GB must make crew choices by June and with restricted alternatives to race, Lucy must impress and preserve ranges to be on the selectors’ radar.
Lewis Hammond (Prestwick Academy), Keira Stericker (Kyle Academy) and Charlotte Hardy (Wellington School) all achieved the qualification requirements to qualify for the British Open Championships from their performances in 2019 and early 2020.
Due to the shortage of coaching, they won’t be competing however can take some confidence from figuring out their ranges of capability and use this to drive their targets over the following 12 months.
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