Friday, January 31, 2014

Round 2 of the Grand Prix Series kicks off the competitive season in the Royal Commonwealth Pool

Scottish swimmers will once again descend on Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool for Round 2 of the 2013/14 Grand Prix Series, which is being incorporated into the East District’s Long Course Open Championships and runs from 31 Jan to 2 Feb.

The event will feature a number of athletes who have just returned from the Flanders Speedo Cup last weekend, which produced some excellent results and medals, including gold, silver and bronze medals for University of Stirling’s Ross Murdoch in the 100m, 200m and 50m breaststroke events. 

Perth City’s Stephen Milne will also be looking to dominate freestyle events, competing in the 200m 400m and 1500m, all of which he finaled in in Flanders and where he won bronze in the 400m and silver in the 1500m.

Kathryn Johnstone (University of Edinburgh) will be looking to turn her domination of breaststroke events at the short course Championships in December into long course and will compete in all breaststroke events, but will be pushed hard by a number of quality female breaststrokers such as Kerry Buchan (University of Stirling), Corrie Scott (University of Edinburgh) and Rachael O’Donnell (Carnegie).

Introduced in November 2011 the Grand Prix Series provides our swimmers with an additional opportunity to race against high quality opposition, usually in long course format, at key periods of the competitive season. 

The Meets are open to all swimmers throughout Scotland and entries are also be welcomed from across the UK and overseas. The series consists of three meets hosted in Inverness, Edinburgh and Aberdeen for this season. Each meet will follow the same format with swimmers scoring points based on performance at each meet. The prize fund is £5,000 and will be earned by the leading swimmers across the series, with prizes for the best overall swimmers (male and female) and for individual categories. Meets may also be entered on an individual basis but swimmers must contest at least two of the three meets in order to be eligible for prize money.

The event kicks off on Friday afternoon when racing starts at 4.30pm.

On Saturday and Sunday the timings are as follows:

Saturday 1 February

Warm up:            08.00-08.55         12.30-13.25         16.45-1730

Session:               09.00                     13.30                     17.35

Sunday 2 Feb

Warm up:            08.00-08.55         12.30-13.25         16.45-1730

Session:               09.00                     13.30                     17.35

A link to the list of competitors can be found here:

Scottish Swimming will be selling a range of official merchandise at the event; look out for the stand in the foyer area.

You can also follow the action for #EastGP in our Swim Buzz.

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