Swimming: City of Leeds trio bidding to shine at European Junior Championships

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Three rising stars from City of Leeds Swimming Club have been selected to compete at the LEN European Junior Championships this week.

A squad of 37 up-and-coming swimmers have been chosen to represent Britain in Netanya, Israel from 28 June to 2 July.

Included in the list are Leeds competitors Layla Black, Leah Crisp and Ciara Schlosshan.

Schlosshan gave a sign of her potential when she won the 200m butterfly at the British Championship in Sheffield earlier this year.

Breaststroker Black was the youngest member of the English squad at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games and also won 200m breaststroke bronze at the 2015 European Games in Baku.

The Whitkirk swimmer has committed to a scholarship at the University of Florida next year.

Crisp has excelled over the longer freestyle distances and won a bronze at the World Junior Open Water Championships in 2016.

British Swimming head of elite development Tim Jones believes the event will fuel the aspirations of athletes as they work towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and beyond.

Jones said: “We wanted to give opportunities to a large group of juniors to race internationally this year and this 37 strong group of athletes supports that aim.

“I’m looking for the hidden gems within the programme and this event offers a great opportunity to unearth these.

"I want athletes to embrace what this important event has to offer and to use it to take their sport to the next level. I want it to inspire while unearthing some diamonds.”

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