Monday, January 20, 2014

Murdoch lands Austin Double

British champion Ross Murdoch kicked off his 2014 with an impressive double gold at the Arena Grand Prix in Austin, USA.

Click here to buy your tickets to watch Ross defending his title at the 2014 British Gas Swimming Champs in Glasgow. The 20-year old, who made his senior international debut at last year’s World Championships in Barcelona, made light work of an experienced field to claim victories in both 100m and 200m Breaststroke.

After dominating the morning heats with a 2:14.73 effort, Murdoch sliced 1.45 seconds off his personal best to win the 200m Breaststroke in 2:12.15 on the opening night in Texas.

Two days later, the Scot showed similar dominance over half the distance, leading the heats in 1:00.87 before returning to the top of the podium with a 1:00.58 effort in the final.

Craig Benson also competed in the two breaststroke events, finishing seventh in the 100m Breast in 1:03.94 and 12th in the 200m Breast in 2:21.14.

Benson’s Warrender teammate Craig McNally was the only other British ‘A’ finalist over the weekend, touching fifth in the 200m Backstroke in 1:59.73.

McNally won the ‘B’ final to place ninth in the 100m Backstroke in 55.55 while Rob Bale was 12th in the 100m Freestyle in 51.25 and 18th in the 200m Freestyle in 1:53.27.