THE head coach of Carnegie Swimming Club has targeted final places for three of their members at the British Swimming Summer Championships.

Morag Mitchell said she is hopeful that Ellie Turner, Morven Lister and Jacqueline McMillan will "rise to the challenge" when they take to the pool at Glasgow's Tollcross International Swimming Centre when the meet begins on Tuesday.

The teenage trio have been invited to the six-day competition on the basis of their national rankings, with the top 24 swimmers in each age group earning the right to take part.

While it will be a first taste of the competition for Jacqueline, 14, Ellie, 16, will participate for a fourth time, while Morven, 15, will swim at the event for a third year.

Mitchell said: "It's been a really good season and we've done really well. Age group swimming has its trials and tribulations, but we're in a good place.

"Getting them to rise to the challenge is what we aim do, and for them to take it on. We're hoping for finals for them all.

"They've qualified, they're there and are entitled to be there."

Ellie goes into the meet on the back of winning her first senior title, in the 200m backstroke, at the recent Scottish Swimming National Open Championships, and will race in each backstroke event, both individual medleys and the 1500m butterfly.

She said: "The Scottish open was the most recent meet we were at and it went better than I expected it to go.

"It's the last meet before we go to British, so it was just a preparation meet to see where I was, but to swim as well as I did was just a bonus.

"I think the targets are pretty much the same every year; make finals and see what we do there. I don't want to put too much pressure on myself to do well because that will just make me more nervous than I already am."

Morven commented: "I've not had the best of seasons – there's been a lot of ups and downs in it – but at the Scottish open, it was an improvement on what I had been swimming, so I was quite happy with that!

"I want to PB. I'm swimming in the 200 and 50 back and 200 fly, and I'm quite nervous, but I feel like when it's British, you get nervous for it every year."

Jacqueline, who will swim in the 100m and 200m backstroke, and 200m freestyle, added: "I've been swimming well. I've never made open finals before but, at the Scottish open, I made more than what I was expected.

"I'm looking forward to it."