Commonwealth Games 2014: Glasgow call for Harrogate swimmer Sophie Taylor

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Young Harrogate swimmer Sophie Taylor has earned selection for this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 18-year-old City of Leeds member learned she has been chosen for the 100m and 200m breastroke earlier this month.

A former student at the Grammar School at Leeds, Taylor won selection after earning a four-second personal best on her 200m, and breaking the British record in the 100m in Dubai earlier this year.

Having begun competitive swimming at the Hydro aged 12, Taylor moved on to City of Leeds where she trains nine times a week under coach Richard Dennigan.

Up to now, her biggest competition has been this year’s World Junior Championships in Dubai, where she starred to earn silvers in the 100m breastroke and 4x100m medley relay, as well as bronze in the 50m breast,

But Taylor is now ready to take on the big guns in Scotland and stake her claim on a Commonwealth Games medal in July.

“I’m absolutely over the moon and never expected it,” she said.

“It should be a great experience and means all the early mornings are paying off.

“I’ve got a few competitions before then to keep me used to racing but it’s all building up to Glasgow from now on.”