Francesca Halsall in GB squad for European Championships

Francesca Halsall in action in the World Championships in Barcelona.
Francesca Halsall won bronze in Barcelona

Francesca Halsall has been named in the Great Britain team for the European Short Course Championships.

World Championships bronze medallist Halsall will be joined by Hannah Miley and Andrew Willis in the 12-person team in Denmark in December.

The squad also includes the in-form Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson and Sophie Allen.

Jamieson won 200m breaststroke gold for the second straight leg of the World Cup series in Doha on Sunday.

He has also won three silver medals across the two previous meets in Moscow and Dubai.

Allen, meanwhile, has won four silver medals - in the 200m individual medley, 200m butterfly and 200m breaststroke - over the World Series legs in Moscow, Dubai and Doha over the past nine days.

Jazz Carlin, Craig McNally and Adam Peaty are also included in the squad for the European Short Course Championships.

Head coach Bill Furniss said: "This is a team focused on athletes that we feel can deliver medals either today or in the near future."

McNally put in an encouraging display at the World Championships in the summer, finishing sixth in the 200m backstroke on his debut at a senior global championships.

There are high hopes for breaststroke 100m and 200m swimmer Peaty, who narrowly failed to make the GB squad for the event in Barcelona.

"We want to see our leading swimmers competing more regularly," said Furniss.

"Racing regularly is something we will continue next year during the long-course season.

"We will be racing at events between January and March, focusing on our trials in April and then competition will pick up again as we use the month of June to really define our race preparation."

Furniss said the short-course (25m) format would allow coaches to closely analyse performances.

"We will look at each individual's starts, turns and overall tactics to see where we can support and provide future development," he said.

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