TWO talented West Fife swimmers are heading for the Alps to face some of Europe's top competitors in Switzerland this weekend.

Carnegie Swimming Club's Ellie Turner, and her fellow Woodmill High School pupil Emma Russell, are preparing to take part in the Geneva International Challenge for a second successive year when it begins tomorrow (Friday).

The meet, which will be held for a 52nd time, brings together some of the continent's top junior swimmers and plays a significant role in Scottish Swimming's development of their top juniors.

Both Ellie and Emma, who competes for Edinburgh's Heart of Midlothian Swimming Club, are members of the governing body's National Youth Squad for 2018/19, one of several within Scottish Swimming's development programme.

Twelve months ago, the teenage pair produced outstanding results at the competition, with Ellie winning 200m backstroke silver and 100m backstroke bronze, and Emma claiming a 200m freestyle bronze.

They will be aiming to build on their early season form, which for Ellie has resulted in her making a strong start to the defence of her East District Age Group title, enjoy success at the British Inter Counties competition, and winning her first Scottish junior title in the 100m backstroke at the Scottish Short Course National Championships.

Meanwhile Emma, a gold medallist in the 200m freestyle at the most recent East District Age Group Championship earlier this month, also goes into the Geneva challenge on the back of reaching three finals at the Scottish Short Course National Championships.

The meet ends on Sunday.