Swimmers from all corners of the United Kingdom are currently assiduously training for the spring’s major swimming event in the country – the British Swimming Championships 2018, which will be held as part of this year’s Edinburgh International Meet.
The two events will overlap and will both take place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh’s only public 50-metre pool, from 1-4 March. The British Championships will actually be the most important national event there, as the British swimming champions of 2018 will be crowned in Edinburgh.
Regarded by many as the epitome of professional swimming, the British Championships event is a perfect opportunity for athletes to hone their skills and produce personal bests and break records in preparation for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in April.
This prestigious four-day meet, organised by British Swimming and SASA East District, will see more than 500 contestants from all over the UK travel to Edinburgh to compete for one of the 32 titles up for grabs.
Besides the fierce competition for a place on the podium, many athletes will concentrate on bettering their race skills for the future, as the event also serves as selection trails for upcoming international swimming events, like the aforementioned international multi-sport event Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, and the Youth Olympic Games.
British junior swimmers will also be present in Edinburgh and will race for selection to this summer’s European Junior Championships, set to be hosted in Helsinki. Competitors will be able to train in the competition pool on Wednesday, February 28th.
Swimming fans interested in attending the event in Scotland’s capital city should hurry to buy tickets and secure a place, as this will be the last chance to see some of Britain’s best swimmers, like Adam Peaty, James Guy and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, in action before they head to the Gold Coast.
When it comes to the Edinburgh International Swim Meet, this is an event with a long history, as the first edition took place in the 1980s. The Meet was held yearly since then, with just a short hiatus between 2012-2015. After its return in 2015 thanks to SASA East District and the University of Edinburgh, the event has become very popular on the international swimming stage among world-leading athletes.
Some of the best swimmers from Europe and the US have come to Scotland to compete in the past, including US Olympic champion Anthony Ervin, British record breaker Adam Peaty, Mie Nielsen, Pernille Blume, and many others. This year, British, Spanish, German, and Luxembourg national teams will be present at the event, which will be live streamed to Youtube and the official website of the Meet.