Swimmer Profile - Nick Pyle – LEN


A strong British team will contest the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow, featuring four recently-crowned world champions. Here’s our one-stop-shop for getting to know your home heroes that will descend on Tollcross and compete for medals with Europe’s best. Freya Anderson: a Scouse sensation whose inexorable rise shows no signs of slowing. IG – […]
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Europe’s elite scrabbled for lanes in Sunday morning’s heats ahead of a grandstand final night, promising ten back-to-back finals and non-stop drama. With Freya Anderson going for gold once again and Duncan Scott set to race in three finals, it’s set to be a memorable evening with limited tickets still available for the session. Here […]
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Anderson stuns to claim second gold on a magical night at EuroSwim

Freya Anderson did it again. Great Britain’s teenage sensation sent a loud Tollcross crowd wild for a second night running, soaring to 200m freestyle success and thumping her own national record. Then back to anchor her nation to silver in the mixed 4x50m freestyle, taking the medal tally to nine, Anderson is emerging as the […]
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Day Three heroes rode the wave of their success on Saturday morning as a bumper weekend at EuroSwim gathers pace. Gold medallists from Friday night Freya Anderson, Vladimir Morozov and Katinka Hosszu all dived back into competition and underlined their multiple medal credentials. Here are three things you might have missed from the morning session. […]
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Anderson outshines big names to claim gold on thrilling Friday at EuroSwim

A star is born in Great Britain’s Freya Anderson, who held off a world-class field to win 100m freestyle gold at the LEN European Short Course Championships. Anderson, 18, sealed a maiden international title with aplomb in front of a boisterous home crowd at Tollcross, a superb final two lengths underpinning a personal best 51.49. […]
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Three things from Tollcross: Britain set up frantic Friday night at EuroSwim

Friday at EuroSwim is already coming to the boil after morning heats bubbled away and teed up more medal chances for Britain in the Tollcross pool. After sealing medals on Thursday night, Duncan Scott, Vladimir Morozov and Kira Toussaint returned to the water and showed their class once again. Here are three quick takeaways from […]
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Litchfield bags Britain gold as world record falls at EuroSwim

It’s all on track to Tokyo for Max Litchfield after dominant 400m individual medley gold at the LEN European Short Course Championships. The Yorkshireman, who arrived in Glasgow with an entry time four seconds quicker than any other, delivered Britain’s first EuroSwim gold medal to the delight of a bumper Tollcross crowd. Litchfield’s family, also […]
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Huge volunteer effort forms backbone of smooth running of EuroSwim

More than 225 volunteers have teamed up with Glasgow Life to deliver the LEN European Short Course Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre this week, with applicants from as far away as Hungary and the United Arab Emirates. From directing spectators to their seats, providing information and support to the swimmers and the media, organizing […]
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Three things from Tollcross: Scott’s away on Day Two at EuroSwim

A pulsating first night gave way to a fascinating second morning with the LEN European Short Course Championships well underway. It was Italy atop the medal table after Day One, but eight further champions will be crowned at Tollcross tonight and Britain will be well in the hunt. Here are three things we learned from […]
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Swimmer Profile – Nick Pyle

Nick Pyle, who came home with two golds at the European Long Course Championships last year, will return to Glasgow hungry to add LEN Short Course glory to his tally after emerging as one of the young British stars to watch.

The 18-year-old – who specialises in backstroke – enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2018, putting his name on the map with maiden senior wins at national and international level.

Gold in the 50m backstroke at the British Championships that year earned him a spot in the 4x100m Medley team at the Europeans, and he swam the opening leg of the final on their way to glory while also picking up the top prize for his part in the 4x100m Mixed Medley team’s success.

The University of Stirling star began competitive swimming aged eight and until September 2019 belonged to local club Newcastle Swim Team.

Having competed on the global stage as a junior at the FINA World Junior Championships in 2017 – where he finished seventh and eighth in the 50m and 100m Backstroke events respectively – Pyle continued his progress by making the British senior team for the 2019 World Aquatics Championships.

A 26th-place finish in the heats of the 50m backstroke in Gwangju demonstrated the youngster can mix it with the best, and his progress has been recognised with Pyle being handed Sport Newcastle’s Rising Star award in 2018, and the 2019 Sport Newcastle Young Sporting Achievement of the Year award.

Ahead of the LEN European Short Course Championships in Scotland, Pyle acknowledged the vast progress he has made in such a short space of time, while insisting he has no plans to lie down yet.

He said: “I’m really satisfied with what I’ve achieved, and I feel my swimming has come on enormously. To be selected for GB and swim alongside the likes of Adam Peaty is fantastic.

“I just want to continue to improve, work hard and bring my times down as much as I can. In 2020 I would love to go to the Olympic Games.”

With another chance to showcase his undoubted talent on the senior international stage, Pyle will be vying to further eat into his personal bests and establish himself as a contender in the Great Britain team.

Follow Nick on social

Twitter – @NicholasPyle1

Instagram – @nicholaspyle

Short Course Personal Bests

50m Backstroke – 24.24

100m Backstroke – 52.68

200m Backstroke – 1:54.05

Fun Fact – Pyle considers a pork and chickpea curry among his signature post-workout meals.