THREE Carnegie swimmers will compete with Britain’s best after travelling to the British Summer Championships, which began today.

Ellie Turner, Morven Lister and Ollie Carter are at Ponds Forge in Sheffield for the six-day meet when it started this morning and the talented youngsters are relishing the chance of finishing their season in style.

For Ollie, 17, and Ellie, 14, this will be their second successive appearance at the event but it will be a debut for 13-year-old Morven, who will swim in the 50 metres, 100m and 200m backstroke.

The trio will take to the pool on the back of a successful year so far and Carter, who won 400m freestyle bronze while presenting Scotland at the World Para Swimming World Series meet in Indianapolis, USA, last month as well as breaking a 25-year-old S10 Scottish record in the event.

He’ll go in the 100m and 400m freestyle, open to all para swimming classifications, and said: “I didn’t think I’d break a 25-year-old 400m long course record, so I was really surprised. My season has been really good; America was great fun and I PB’d in one event. It was my first ever time abroad, let alone for swimming, so it was a completely different experience.

“Last year, I made the 400m free, and, this year, I’ve made the 400m and 100m, but the 400m is my priority. I’ve done a lot better than I expected but I’ll see how it goes and build for next season.

“I’ve got a lot of friends in the British team so it will be good fun racing against them.”

Backstroke star Ellie has also enjoyed a fine 2017, winning the 200m event while swimming for Scotland’s Youth Development Squad in Portugal and qualifying for her first-ever Scottish senior final in the 400m individual medley at the Scottish National Open Championships.

She went on to win a brilliant bronze in the 1500m freestyle – which also broke a 10-year-old East District 14 years age group record – and will compete in the 50m, 100m, 200m backstroke, 200m and 400m individual medley and 800m freestyle.

Ellie said: “The Scottish nationals helped me see where I am for next week but I just want to swim well. I’m not expecting anything really but it would be good to make a final or two.

“Going to Portugal with Scotland gave me loads of good experience and it was great to win a bronze.”

Morven, who won silver in the 50m and bronze in the 100m and 200m backstroke events at April’s Scottish National Age Group Championships, added: “I’m a bit nervous; it’s my first time at the British but hopefully I can swim well. I’m looking forward to it.”

Carnegie head coach Morag Mitchell added: “It’s a great achievement to get to the British. We set development goals at the start of the season for them to achieve them, and more, and to end the season with this is excellent.

“It is unchartered territory for them and there are challenges for them but it is a learning curve. It’s about seeing how they cope with it but making sure that they try to enjoy it because it should still be fun.”