Friday, March 6, 2015

International Swimming Returns to the Commonwealth Pool in 2015

"The event provides an opportunity for our aspiring younger age group swimmers to enjoy the experience of swimming and competing alongside British and world elite." Ronnie Anderson, SASA East District President

The Royal Commonwealth Pool will again host a wealth of international talent when the Edinburgh International Long Course Swim Meet returns to the venue from 13-15 March.

The event, which is returning after a four year hiatus, has attracted top British talent and world class and Olympic medal winning athletes from the United States and Europe, including Natalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin and Fabio Scozzoli. 

The men’s 100m breaststroke will undoubtedly be amongst the highlights with a lineup that includes Adam Peaty, the Commonwealth and European champion, Scotland’s Ross Murdoch, the Commonwealth 200m champion and Michael Jamieson, the Olympic silver medalist in London. To gain the top prize in the breaststroke events they will need to beat Andrew Willis, training mate of Jamieson at Bath, Fabio Scozzoli, the Italian European medalist in the 100m breaststroke in 2012, two-time Olympian Caba Siladji from Serbia and the French breaststroking talents of Giacomo Perez Dortona and Jean Dencausse,.

Timing wise, the meet provides a perfect opportunity for those heading to world-title trials in April meaning that the best of British swimming talent will be on show, including Scotland’s Commonwealth Games medalists, Hannah Miley, Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott, Corrie Scott and Robbie Renwick as well as the likes of Ben Proud, Fran Halsall, Jazz Carlin, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Amy Willmott and Christopher Walker-Hebborn

The meet has attracted over 6,000 entries including teams from Austria, Switzerland and Denmark. It has a strong developmental edge, with age group competitions running alongside the open events. SASA East District President Ronnie Anderson commented,

“With this wealth of talent on display, it provides an opportunity for our aspiring younger local and district age - group swimmers to enjoy the experience of swimming and competing alongside British and world elite.”

The Edinburgh International has a long history of bringing top class competition to the city. The event was last staged in 2011 before the pool closed for refurbishment and preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It started 25 years ago, when swimming elite such as Alex Popov competed.

The University is hosting an athlete’s village over the weekend at nearby Pollock Halls and has provided significant support.  Chris Jones, head coach at the University stated:

“We look forward to welcoming Cal aquatic’s swimmers to our world class training environment and swim program. We are also pleased to offer support to several of the teams coming to the event to help their athletes prepare. Welcoming Natalie, Anthony and Tom into our training group will provide our athletes with an invaluable opportunity to train with and learn from some of the most decorated Olympians in our sport.”

City of Edinburgh Council is also offering its support in the planning and organization of the meet, in keeping with its aim to encourage wider participation in sport and showcase the city to an international audience.

With such a high quality field taking part, the meet will provide one of the spectating events of the year. Tickets will go on sale at the venue from 3:00pm onwards on 13 March. For those who can’t be there, it will be streamed live at Live results will be available also on Meet Mobile and at

Morning heats start at 8:45am, with evening finals at 5:15pm (Younger competitors swimmainly in the afternoon, starting at 1.00pm). The swimming programme, featuring age group and open finals each evening, is as follows:

Friday evening: Women 400m Freestyle, Men 1500m Freestyle, Women 50m Breaststroke, Men 50m Butterfly, Mixed 4 x 50m freestyle relay.

Saturday evening:  Women 50m Freestyle, Men 50m Backstroke, Women 200m Butterfly, Men 200m Butterfly, Men 200m Backstroke, Women 100m Breaststroke, Women 200m IM, Men 100m Breaststroke, Women 100m Backstroke, Men 200m Freestyle, Women 50m Butterfly, Men 50m Freestyle

Sunday evening: Women 100m Freestyle, Men 200m Breaststroke, Women 200m Backstroke, Men 100m Butterfly, Women 100m Butterfly, Men 200m IM, Women 200m Breaststroke, Men 100m Freestyle, Women 200m Freestyle, Men 100m Backstroke, Men 50m Breaststroke, Women 50m Backstroke, Mixed 4x 50m medley relay.