By Mike Rowbottom

Team GB_swimmers_11_March_March 10 - Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington is one of 12 swimmers who have won World Championship medals officially included in Team GB for London 2012.

The 38-strong squad (pictured above and below) confirmed by the British Olympic Association (BOA) also includes open water silver medallists Keri-Anne Payne and David Davies, and 400m freestyle bronze medallist Joanne Jackson.

Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt said: "I am thrilled to welcome a total of 38 swimmers to Team GB.

"The remarkable strength and depth of British talent within the sport of swimming has been on display throughout the past week in the London 2012 Aquatics Centre.

"Team GB enjoys a proud tradition in Olympic swimming competition and I'm sure the class of 2012 will produce some thrilling moments in the Olympic competition this summer.

"Many of the swimmers selected to Team GB today have enjoyed success at European, Commonwealth and World level, and I am sure they will be looking to translate their form on to the Olympic stage where they will be encouraged by the support of a passionate and enthusiastic home crowd.

"Based on the times that were recorded during the qualifying event this week, it is clear that the Olympic Development Authority and LOCOG [London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games] have got it right in building this world-class venue, and we hope to see many inspirational performances from Team GB swimmers in the summer."

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UK Sport chief executive officer Liz Nicholl said: "As one of our most promising Olympic sports in terms of medal potential for London 2012, UK Sport is proud to have backed Britain's swimmers with over £25 million ($39 million/€30 million) of National Lottery, Exchequer and Team 2012 funds in the current Olympic cycle.

"Beijing 2008 was a real breakthrough for British swimming, and the entire team has taken inspiration from that Games and built on it in their preparations for London 2012.

"Congratulations to the selected swimmers, their coaches and support staff, who have just had a fantastic week at the British trials in the Olympic pool, where competition just to make the team has been fierce.

"This bodes extremely well for London, and I have no doubt our swimmers will shine in front of their enthusiastic home ground this summer."

British swimmers have an excellent tradition of success in Olympic competition, having won 65 medals – 15 gold, 22 silver and 28 bronze.

This includes a hat-trick of gold medals won by Britain's Henry Taylor at the London 1908 Olympic Games swimming competition.

At the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Team GB swimmers won three medals in the pool: Rebecca Adlington won gold in the 400m freestyle and 800m freestyle; and Joanne Jackson won bronze in the 400m freestyle.

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Team GB also won three medals in the open water 10km events.

With the latest announcement, 59 athletes have now been selected to Team GB for the London 2012 Olympic Games from four sports: athletics – marathon, boxing, sailing and aquatics.

Michael Scott, Team GB Swimming team leader and British Swimming national performance director said: "This GB swimming team is a real mix of tried and tested experienced former Olympians together with an exciting crop of talented youngsters who will sample their first Olympics in London.

"This week has seen some impressive performances at the national championships but our job is far from done.

"Collectively we now have the time and opportunity to improve upon the performances this week to make sure we are as competitive as possible for when the rest of the world arrives in London in July."

Roberto Pavoni (pictured above) said: "It's an incredible feeling.

It's been a dream of mine for quite a few years so to qualify for the Olympics is amazing."

Robbie Renwick said: "I'm absolutely ecstatic.

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"I've been hitting personal bests in training and I've really stepped up for the Olympic year.

"Hopefully we can keep the ball rolling now all the way to the Olympics."

Joe Roebuck (pictued below) said: "I'm on top of the world right now.

"It doesn't get any better really.

"I missed out four years ago [for Beijing 2008] and obviously I hung around, kept working and improved and now I've got three swims.

"Once before I had a triple British Champs gold and this time it was two golds and silver but the fact that they all went for Olympic qualification means this was definitely the best of my career."

Ellen Gandy (pictured above) said: "It's the greatest feeling I've ever had.

I've wanted to do it for the last four years to be able to say I'm going to the London Olympic Games and now I can say it – I'm just over the moon."

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Hannah Miley said: "I'm very, very happy.

"I'm really pleased with how that went and hopefully I can progress on before the Games."

Gemma Spofforth said: "I am really excited.

"I doubted a lot of times that I could do it. 

"If I hadn't qualified that would have been it so I just wanted to give it everything I've got and leave everything in the pool."

Fran Halsall said: "To get on the team is great.

"I'm in such good form at the moment so if I can carry that through to the Olympic Games, hopefully I can swim a bit faster there."

The athletes selected today as members of Team GB are:

Rebecca Adlington (Nova Centurion, 400m and 800m freestyle), Sophie Allen (Stockport ITC, 200m individual medley), Georgia Davies (Swansea ITC, 100m backstroke), Eleanor Faulkner (City of Sheffield, 800m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle), Ellen Gandy (Nunawading, 100m & 200m butterfly), Fran Halsall (Loughborough ITC, 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle), Kate Haywood (Nunawading, 100m breaststroke), Joanne Jackson (Loughborough ITC, 400m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle), Jemma Lowe (Swansea ITC, 200m butterfly), Jessica Lloyd (City of Manchester, 4x100 freestyle), Caitlin McClatchey (Loughborough University, 4x200m freestyle), Hannah Miley (Garioch, 200m and 400m individual medley), Keri-Anne Payne (Stockport ITC, 10km open water), Elizabeth Simmonds (Loughborough ITC, 200m backstroke), Amy Smith (Loughborough University, 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle), Gemma Spofforth (Florida Gators, 100m backstroke), Stacey Tadd (University of Bath, 200m breaststroke), Rebecca Turner (City of Sheffield, 200m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle) and Aimee Willmott (Middlesbrough, 400m individual medley)

Robert Bale, (Stirling ITC, 4x200m freestyle), Craig Benson (Warrender, 100m breaststroke), Adam Brown (Hatfield, 4x100m freestyle), Simon Burnett (Tuscon, 4x100m freestyle), Ross Davenport (Loughborough ITC, 4x200m freestyle) David Davies (City of Cardiff, 1500m freestyle), James Disney-May (Auburn, 4x100m freestyle), Daniel Fogg (Loughborough ITC, 1500m freestyle), Craig Gibbons (Maxwell, 4x100m freestyle), James Goddard (Stockport ITC, 200m individual medley), Michael Jamieson (Bath ITC, 200m breaststroke), Ieuan Lloyd (City of Cardiff, 4x200m freestyle), Roberto Pavoni (Loughborough ITC, 400m individual medley, 200m butterfly), Robbie Renwick (City of Glasgow, 200m & 400m freestyle), Michael Rock (Stockport ITC, 100m butterfly), Joe Roebuck (Loughborough University, 200m & 400m individual medley, 200m butterfly), Daniel Sliwinski (Stockport ITC, 100m breaststroke), Liam Tancock (Loughborough ITC, 100m backstroke) and Andrew Willis (Bath ITC, 200m breaststroke).

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