29 April 2014

Athletes performed beyond expectations in our best British Championships for many years.

Sophie Taylor awaits confirmation of her place on England’s team for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games after she achieved two consideration times at the British Championships. On her way to the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke treble, she broke her own British 100m breaststroke record, the English 200m breaststroke record and the British 18 years age group 50m breaststroke record.

Head coach Richard Denigan was delighted by her performances: “The 50m, 100m, 200m breaststroke treble hadn’t been done for seven years. We are all extremely proud of her.”

Also excelling in the breaststroke events was 13 year old Layla Black, who broke her age group’s British 200m breaststroke record and qualified for the senior final in this event; a “very high level” performance which made her the youngest finalist in the whole competition.

What’s more, Georgia Coates, Amelia Clynes and Magdalena Cygan have all received confirmation that they will represent Great Britain at the European Junior Championships in Holland in July.

Denigan was very proud of his junior team: “Leeds have the largest representation of any club for this British team and it proves that Leeds City Council Swimming Programme, from lessons to the elite, is working very well.”