Teenage swimming sensation Lucy Hope has returned from the European Junior Swimming Championships in Poland with a bronze medal.
And this week, along with fellow Borders Elite Swim Team (BEST) members Kirsty Armstrong and Ryan Brown, she is aiming higher as she heads down to Sheffield for the British Age Group and Youth Championships.
Swimming a gruelling program as part of the GB team in Poznan, Lucy kicked off her European campaign with a positive performance in her favourite event, the 200m backstroke, when making it through to the semi-finals with the fifth fastest time in the heats. That same morning, the GB 4x100m freestyle relay team, with Lucy swimming the final leg, were second quickest in the heats. The relay team went on to take the Bronze in the final, Lucy swimming third, but, the 16-year-old suffered disappointment after making the finals of the 200m backstroke when finishing in ninth place. She was also unlucky in the 200m freestyle where she missed a final spot by just one place, and 0.13 of a second.
Lucy also competed in the 50m butterfly where she just missed a place in the semis.
“It was a great experience. The relay was fantastic and I managed to achieve what I had set out to do which was winning a medal, so I was really pleased with that,” she told The Southern.
The British Championships began yesterday and continue until August 4, all three BEST swimmers are well ranked and strong possibilities for the podium. Elsewhere, BEST member Lizi Clelland is preparing for the Welsh Nationals, held from July 31 to August 2.