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Preview: Swim Wales Winter Championships

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Welsh Olympic and Commonwealth champions will battle it out with elite talent from across the United Kingdom at the Swim Wales Winter Championships 2021.

Household names who have represented Wales and Great Britain will compete against the next generation of Welsh swimmers for national honours at Wales National Pool, Swansea. Among the stars who will be chasing consideration times for next year’s Birmingham Games will be Tokyo gold medallist Callum Jarvis and Gold Coast Commonwealth champion Alys Thomas.

The long course event, which will be streamed live across Swim Wales social media channels, offers athletes the opportunity to put their hands up for Commonwealth selection, with the Games just seven months away.

Bath University swimmer Jarvis is the headline name in the 100m and 200m freestyle as he aims to seal a place on Team Wales following his successful summer in the Far East.

Thomas, who won individual 200m fly gold and relay bronze on the Gold Coast as well as two bronze medals at the 2018 European Championships, will race in the 50m and 100m fly as well as the 200m and 50m freestyle. The Swansea swimmer will go head-to-head with Medi Harris, who is out to continue her rapid rise towards the international stage, in the 200 free.

Porthmadog-born Harris will be out to secure her place at her first major games as she prepares to compete in the 100m and 200m free, and the 50m and 100 backstroke.

City of Cardiff, Swansea Aquatics and Swansea University will bring strong teams full of elite talent to Wales National Pool. Team GB star Harriet Jones will lead a Cardiff team that includes elite athletes Rebecca DeTorres, Charlotte Evans, Ciara Morris and Bradley Newman.

Swansea University will be out to secure multiple medals with a squad that includes Lewis Fraser, who set a new Welsh 50m fly record only to have it snatched back by Matt Richards two weeks ago. Megan Allison, Rebecca Sutton, Daniel Jones, Joe Small, Josh Williams, Liam White and Harry Turner will all be chasing fast times and Welsh honours.

Aneurin Davies, Jessica Dickinson, Rhys Edwards and Max Elkin will spearhead the charge for Swansea Aquatics, while Torfaen Dolphins para-swimming star Dylan Broom will race in the 200m free after his success at last weekend’s British Para-Swimming National Meet in Swansea.