Harry Maishman of Maxwell Swimming Club competed in the 50m freestyle at the British Championships, which also served as the GB selection trials for this year’s World Championships in Russia.
At his first appearance on such a big stage, Harry managed to post a personal best in the heats and narrowly missed out on qualifying for the European Youth Olympic Age Group final, finishing in joint second reserve.
The joint position earned Harry a second swim in a head-to-head race between the two. With only a short break between the races, the 15-year-old still managed to knock an additional one hundredth off his time, although unfortunately finished four hundredths behind.
Talking about his experience, Harry said: “To be able to show progression in my first British Championships and earn a PB is a great start.
“I’m looking forward to developing my swimming and improving race tactics so that I can improve on this performance at next year’s Championships, which will be the selection trials for the 2016 Olympic Games.”
Maxwell Swimming Club’s head coach Lisa Atkinson was full of praise for the youngster afterwards, adding: “Harry has shown great development in his swimming this season, and this mature approach has helped him put in a good performance despite the added pressure of warming up and competing alongside Olympians and world record holders.”
Harry will now look to improve on his times alongside his Maxwell team-mates during May’s regional competition, where the swimmers will look to post the top 24 ranked times in the country to be invited to July’s British Summer Championships.