UK marathon swimming team selected for European Championships

A mix of new and experienced faces will head to Lido Di Ostia Lungomare Amerigo Vespucci between the 18e and 21st August as the team looks to build on a string of strong performances at the junior and senior levels over the past few months.

Two of the most experienced members of the team are the duo Hector Pardoe and Toby Robinson from Loughborough University; the pair finished 11th and 21st respectively at the FINA World Aquatic Championships in the 10km event just over a month ago. Robinson was also part of the England squad at the Commonwealth Games, coming fourth in the 1500m freestyle final.

Nathan Hughes and Joe Deighan from Swansea University, alongside Ella Dyson from Wycombe District, are other traveling athletes who have recently had success in the marathon distance. The trio all won medals at the recent round of the LEN Open Water Cup in Serbia, Hughes and Dyson winning gold and Deighan bronze.

Barnet Copthall’s Fleur Lewis and Leeds City’s Kennedy Denby are new additions to the squad as they both look to make the most of what will be a chance to gain valuable experience during the racing program .

Speaking of athlete selection, team leader Kevin Renshaw was optimistic about the opportunity that awaited the group.

“We are delighted to be taking this group of swimmers to the European Championships. The team is a good mix of youth and experience and for this reason they will all have slightly different goals. The two senior male athletes will certainly be looking to fight for the podium, while the younger swimmers will gain experience at this level, against a strong senior international field, for the first time – and that is always hugely valuable as they prepare for the future.

“Ella Dyson and Nathan Hughes’ last experience of an open water championship was at the junior European level and it brought medals for both of them. This is the first championship meeting at any level for Joe Deighan, Kennedy Denby and Fleur Lewis. We will be looking for strong, committed and smart performances from the whole team and they are all using this as a platform to challenge for places as we head towards Paris 2024.”