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Swimmers make a splash with world’s best

World and Olympic swimming champions will feature in an impressive roster of talent at the Edinburgh International Swim Meet this weekend.

More than 800 swimmers from 18 countries will take part in the three-day event at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

World and Olympic champions competing at the event include Olympic triple gold-medalist Ranomi Kromowidjojo (Netherlands), world championship finalist Caba Siladji (Serbia) and world championship bronze medalist, Scotland’s Ross Murdoch.

Edinburgh swimmers

The University will be represented by a number of athletes including Callum Tait (Medicine) - Team GB international and four-time Commonwealth Games 200 metres breaststroke swimmer, Kathryn Johnstone (Moray House School of Education) - 50 metres breaststroke finalist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and Richard Schafers (Physics) - current Scottish Record holder for 50 metres freestyle over long and short courses.

The meet is organised by SASA East District Swimming in association with the University of Edinburgh and supporting sponsors Finis and Active Edinburgh.

There's a positive mood in the performance squad just now, which is growing and growing - it's a really exciting time to be involved in swimming at Edinburgh.

Callum TaitFour-time Commonwealth Games 200 metres breaststroke swimmer

World-class competitors

Spectators can expect three exciting days of competition.

In the men’s 50 metre and 100 metre breaststroke, current world record-holder Adam Peaty will compete against world championship bronze medal winner Ross Murdoch and Serbian sprint world championship finalist Caba Siladji.

The ladies 100 metre freestyle is another thrilling prospect. Reigning Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo will face challenges from Ireland’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Denmark’s Mie Nielson.

International attraction

The meet has attracted teams from 18 countries, including the Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Ireland and Serbia.

The field includes world short course record holder, Denmark’s Mie Nielson, her team-mate Viktor Bromer, 200 metre European butterfly champion 2014, and distance swimmer Pal Joensen who won the Faroe Islands first world championship medal in 2012.

The event was first held 25 years ago and returned to the refurbished Commonwealth Pool in 2015. The first race on Friday is at 5.15pm.

Sport at Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is amongst the UK’s leading sporting universities.

Six-time cycling Olympic Champion Sir Chris Hoy, Olympic gold medallist rower Katherine Grainger, World Champion Orienteer Yvette Baker and Scottish international football legend Julie Fleeting have all emerged from the University’s sporting stable.

At London 2012, the University finished first in the Olympic medal table for universities across the UK.

The Centre for Sport and Exercise (CSE) and Edinburgh University Sports Union (EUSU) jointly run Performance Sport support programmes for exceptionally talented student athletes.

Both the Individual Performance Programme (IPP) and the Team Performance Programme (TPP) offer essential support for student athletes who are committed to succeeding on the international stage.

The facilities at Edinburgh are amazing. When you travel for competitions elsewhere, you quickly learn to appreciate how good the set-up is here.

Kathyrn Johnstone50 metres breaststroke finalist, 2010 Commonwealth Games