11:10AM, Tuesday 25 April 2017
Maidenhead Swimming Club’s Tom Dean is officially Britain's fastest junior after his astonishing success at the British Championships in Sheffield last week.
The event brought together swimmers competing for their place at the world championships later this year and included world record holder and Olympic champion Adam Peaty.
But the competition also focused on the next generation of potential medal winners and Dean’s swim caught the eye of the GB coaches who have named him in the junior Great British squad.
His 200 individual medley winning time of 2.02.59 saw him crowned national junior champion while his 400 IM swim earned him a place in the senior final where he was the sixth fastest man to finish. His 200m Breaststroke time of 2.17.74 sees him placed as the third fastest junior in the UK. Overall it was an impressive array of swims from the 16-year-old who found himself on the blocks with Olympian, and race winner, Max Lichfield in the 400 IM senior race.
Dean was one of six Maidenhead swimmers to qualify for the British Champs, an impressive achievement for a small club. More than 500 competitors travelled to take part in the championships, with some coming from centres of excellence at Bath, Loughborough and Sterling Universities.
Dean’s elder sister Connie, 18, also shone at the event and made it onto the starting blocks for the senior finals of the 400m and 200m IM alongside the likes of Olympians Hannah Miley and Siobhan Marie O’Connor. The only non GB team swimmer to qualify for the finals she finished fifth and sixth respectively in lifetime best times of 4.46 and 2.15.
Dean’s younger sister Nancy (15) also qualified for British Championships but couldn’t compete due to a hand injury.
Fellow team mate Maisie Cossins qualified for the Target Tokyo final with a lifetime best swim in the 50m breaststroke. Daria Poma Kostik posted season and lifetime best times for her 100m and 200m breaststroke swims.
Head coach Paul Lloyd said: “These were great swims form a group that has worked tirelessly to achieve these results.”
This weekend’s smart motorway closures on the M4 will be shorter than usual due to separate bridge works taking place in West Berkshire (Junctions 13-14)