University of Stirling swimmers win six medals at U23 Euros

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University of Stirling swimmers returned from the inaugural Under-23 European Championships with two gold and four silver medals for Great Britain. The Championships were hosted by Swim Ireland in Dublin as an open event for competition.

Their success at the event demonstrates an amazing run for the swimmers at Stirling University, known for its sporting excellence.

Previously, the swimmers recently won four medals at the World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, and 22 (two gold, six silver, and six bronze) medals at the British Summer Championships in Sheffield.

One of the swimmers, 22-year-old Keanna MacInnes, won gold in the 100m and 200m butterfly events and took home silver in the 4 x 100 mixed medley relay alongside fellow Stirling swimmers Evie Davis and Lucy Grieve (pictured).

Lucy Grieve; Image credits: University of Stirling

In addition to the mixed medley, Evie Davis also won silver in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay. In other events, Davis recorded a fourth place in the 100m freestyle and seventh in the 200m freestyle.

Evie Davis; Image credits: University of Stirling

19-year-old Evan Jones finished the 200m freestyle in fourth and the 200m individual medley in sixth.

Bradley Hay, high performance swim coach at the University of Stirling, was also selected to travel to the event to support the British athletes. 

He said: “Keanna, Evie, Lucy and Evan gave good accounts of themselves at the Under-23 Euros, and I’m delighted that they have returned with six medals between them.

“The competition offered our swimmers to pit themselves against some of the top swimmers in their age group from Europe and beyond – and I’m proud of what they have achieved over the past few days.”

David Bond, head of performance sport at the University of Stirling, said: “Congratulations to the four University of Stirling swimmers who represented Great Britain at the Under-23 European Championships. It’s fantastic to once again see athletes from the University of Stirling succeeding against some of the best athletes from across the world.

“A special mention to Keanna MacInnes who demonstrated her world-class ability by returning a trio of medals, including two gold, as well as Evie Davis on her two medals.”

The full results can be viewed on the LEN European U23 Swimming Championships website.

Featured Image Credits: University of Stirling (pictured: Keanna MacInnes)

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