"Missing automatic qualification by 0.04 is a bit of a kick in the teeth, but I’ll look at the footage and see where I can make the improvements.” Hannah Miley
Day one of the British Swimming Championships 2017 from Ponds Forge International Sports Centre produced some outstanding racing, with a number of Scottish swimmers securing consideration times for the FINA World Championships and the Gold Coast 2018.
Hannah Miley (University of Aberdeen Performance) produced a superbly judged 400m IM taking the title of British Champion for the third successive year. She took the lead during the breaststroke leg and dominated over the closing 100m. She touched home in 4:34.12, well inside the consideration time for Gold Coast but agonisingly only 0.04secs from automatic qualification for the Budapest.
After the race Miley said,
“That was a great final and I was excited to race. There are a number of really good youngsters coming through and as the event moves on its good to see a few of the girls go sub 4.40.”
Speaking about life after the Rio Olympics, Miley continued,
“After Rio I did feel that my heart had been ripped out. The best thing for me was to get back in the water, just play about and get the feel for it again. I still absolutely love it.
“I also realise that I will get beat but feel there’s more to come from me. I’ve recently moved into Aberdeen from the country, my coach is now full time and I have access to a long course facility. These are opportunities that I have to make the most of.”
On being just 0.04 secs off the qualification time for Budapest, Miley finished,
“It is a bit of a kick in the teeth but I’ll look at the footage and see where I can make the improvements.”
Miley’s Aberdeen team-mate, Orla Adams finished 7th in the final in 4:49.99.
Ross Murdoch put in a confident display in the 100m breaststroke final. The University of Stirling athlete finished in 60 seconds dead to win silver, behind Olympic Champion Adam Peaty. Murdoch’s team-mate, Craig Benson finished 4th in 1:00.20, a consideration time for the Gold Coast. After the race Murdoch said,
“There was no beating Adam tonight, he really is a force to be reckoned with. I was just relieved to get my hand on the wall in second place.
“In terms of preparation my taper has been designed around Friday (200m breast) so I’m really pleased with that. I know I have speed, I wasn’t dying off at the end, I just couldn’t have gone any faster.”
Speaking about his training partner Craig Benson, Murdoch continued,
“Craig’s come on such a long way. His time this morning was not far off what he posted at the 2012 Olympics and it’s so good to see him drop to that again.”
Murdoch’s time is within the consideration criteria for Budapest and the Gold Coast.
Stephen Milne (Perth City) also won silver in the 400m freestyle, finishing in a time of 3:46.16, which was both within the consideration times for Budapest and Gold Coast. James Guy from University of Bath lead from the off, taking gold in 3:44.74, while fellow Olympian Max Litchfield won bronze in 3:46.20.
In other events Corrie Scott (Edinburgh University) won bronze in the 50m breaststroke in 31.00 (within consideration time for the Gold Coast), while City of Glasgow Swim Team’s Craig McNally also won bronze in the 50m backstroke, in a new PB of 25.80.
Scott McLay's (Perth City) 50m back time of 26.23 gave him the junior title and gave him another consideration time for the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Lucy Hope (Edinburgh University) was just pushed out of the medals in 200m freestyle final coming home 4th in 1:59.71 while Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow Swim Team) finished 6th in 2:00.60.
Nikki Miller (East Kilbride) took Junior Champion title in 200m freestyle, while Chanel Sneddon (FIRST) won the Target Tokyo 400m IM final.
Full results from the Championships can be found here