REDDITCH Swimming Club’s Issy Griffiths enjoyed her first taste of international competition in a Great Britain hat at the Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN) European Junior Swimming Championships in Hódmezövásárhely, Hungary.
Competing in three individual events at these prestigious championships, 16-year-old Griffiths swam a new personal best time of 4:16.48 in the 400m freestyle as she finished ninth in that event and narrowly missed out on a place in the final.
Griffiths also put in strong performances in the 800m freestyle in which she finished 11th in 8:45.17 and 200m freestyle in which she was 34th in 2:04.25.
The next Redditch swimmer going into high level competition is Amelia Rodd who will be taking on the country’s best young swimmers in the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) National Age Group Open Water Championships at Rother Valley Country Park in South Yorkshire.
Rodd qualified for this 1,500m event by finishing fourth in the recent Midland Open Water Championships at Bosworth Water in Leicestershire earlier this month.
The 14-year-old will then go to Sheffield, but this time in the pool at Ponds Forge, to swim in the ASA England Summer Nationals for which she has qualified for the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle events.
She will be joined at the English Summer Nationals by Redditch SC’s Lizzie Kingham, Hollie Richmond and Millie Checkley.
Kingham and Griffiths will be in action in Sheffield between the Open Water Championships and English Summer Nationals when they compete at the British Summer Nationals.