22 August 2013

One of our most successful seasons for many years with our junior swimmers, and particulary Sophie Taylor excelling.

Great Britain has taken teams to European Youth Olympic Festival, European Junior Championships and World Youth Championships; Leeds has had a representative on each team and contributed to the medals table in each competition. At the World Youth Championships, Sophie Taylor broke the British Senior 100m breaststroke Record [Swimming World] with a time of 1:07.36 on her way to a silver medal. Leeds’s first senior record since James Hickman.

Domestically we have started to see Leeds swimmer make senior finals at the British Championships and make the podium. Our youngsters have broken into the Top 25 in the “open” rankings which is a good sign of the depth coming through the program. Finishing Top Club and Top Girls at National Age Groups with 10 different swimmers medalling and making finals the program is starting to show more depth. The Youth swimmers finished 2nd in the Girls and 5th overall. Hopefully the next several years we will continue to build with the depth of the youngsters coming through.

Championship Events

World Junior Championships, Dubai, August 2013

Sophie Taylor

  • 1 British senior record 100m breaststroke 1:07.36
  • 3 British age group (17 yrs) records
    • 100m breaststroke 1:07.36
    • 50m breaststroke 31.38
  • 2 Silver medals
    • 100m breaststroke
    • 4 x 100m medley relay
  • 1 Bronze medal: 50m breaststroke

European Junior Championships July 2012, Poznan, Poland

Linda Shaw Bronze 4 x 100m freestyle relay

European Youth Olympic Festival, Holland

Georgia Coates Bronze 4 x 100m freestyle relay
6th 400m freestyle

British International Meet, Leeds, March 2013

  • 4 Senior Finalists
  • 11 Junior Finalists

National Senior Championships, Sheffield June 2013

  • 3 Bronze
  • 1 Final
  • 2 Semi Finals

National Youth Championships, Sheffield July 2013

  • 2nd Top Girls
  • 5th Top Team
  • 1 Gold
  • 2 Silver
  • 4 Bronze
  • 15 Finalists placing 4th - 10th
  • 19 Semi-finalists

Open Championships

  • 1 Bronze
  • 2 Final Placings

National Age Group Championships, Sheffield July 2013

  • 1st Top Team
  • 1st Top Girls Team
  • 13 Gold
  • 9 Silver
  • 5 Bronze
  • 18 Finalists placing 4th - 10th

Welsh Summer Nationals, Swansea July 2013

  • 16 Gold
  • 10 Silver
  • 12 Bronze
  • 73 Final Placings
  • 332 Life Time Best Performances

Regional Youth & Senior Championships, May 2013

  • 8 Golds
  • 4 Silver
  • 5 Bronze
  • 27 Finalists placing 4th - 10th

Regional Age Group Championships June 2013

  • 60 Gold
  • 37 Silver
  • 23 Bronze
  • 164 Finalists placing 4th - 10th

Team Events

  • National Age Group Team Champions 2013
  • National Age Group Girls Team Champions 2013
  • National Junior League Champions 2012-2013
  • 6th National Arena Swimming League 2012-2013
  • Yorkshire Age Group Champions 2012-2013