By Jack Crawford

Balloch swimmer Ross Murdoch has been named as part of a ten-person British team to take part in the LEN European Short Course Championships at the end of the year.

He will travel to Copenhagen to compete in the biennial competition, from December 13-17, as swimmers from all over Europe descend onto the Danish capital to compete over 25 metre distances.

Murdoch last competed in July at the World Championships in Budapest, achieving a silver medal as part of the Medley Relay team in the 4x100m.

A fourth-place finish in the 200m breaststroke during the same tournament was a promising showing, and the Stirling Uni athlete will be hoping to cap off an impressive year when he makes the trip to Denmark.

Murdoch is part of a squad that has a mix of experience and youth, with World Champions Duncan Scott, Ben Proud and Adam Peaty headlining the team.

Head Coach for the event Tim Jones said: “We have selected a team with a great mix of experience and future potential.

“It will be an excellent opportunity for our next generation to hone their arena skills by working alongside some of our proven senior medallists.

“Whilst the meet is early season, I am sure it will provide some great racing ahead of our benchmark long course meets in 2018.”

Earlier this month, the 23-year-old became one of the first names selected to represent Scotland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, where he will aim to repeat his success in Glasgow when he burst onto the scene winning gold in the 200m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m breaststroke. He followed this up with more success at the World Championships and British Championships in 2015 before making his Olympic debut the following year in Rio.

GB squad: Freya Anderson (Ellesmere College Titans), Charlotte Atkinson (Loughborough University), Kathleen Dawson (University of Stirling), Emily Large (Newcastle Swim Team), Jocelyn Ulyett (Loughborough University), Max Litchfield (City of Sheffield), Ross Murdoch (University of Stirling), Adam Peaty (National Centre Loughborough), Ben Proud (Plymouth Leander), Duncan Scott (University of Stirling).