Wednesday, April 09, 2014

24 Athletes Lay Down Glasgow Credentials

“Overall it’s been a positive Championships .... I’m looking forward to seeing the swimmers stepping up their level of performance once again.” Ally Whike, Performance Director Scottish Swimming

The Scottish Gas National Open Swimming Championships provided four superb days of racing at Tollcross International Swimming Centre resulting in 24 individual athletes posting Team Scotland consideration times.

Ross Murdoch (University of Stirling) showed that he is the one to beat in breaststroke events, breaking the British Record in the 50m and taking the title in the much anticipated 100m final which produced a thrilling showdown with Michael Jamieson (Edinburgh University/University of Bath). Jamieson took the title in the 200m event.  Calum Tait (Edinburgh University) completes the top 3 for the 200m breaststroke while Mark Tully (East Lothian) and Joe Welstead (Stirling Swimming) are in contention for the 50m event, come the summer.  

Hannah Miley and Robbie Renwick both look set to defend the titles they won in Delhi back in 2010. Miley (Garioch) cruised to victory in the 400m IM while Renwick (City of Glasgow) had a tougher battle in the 200m free, but took victory within the consideration time.

Miley also made Team Scotland consideration times in the 200m IM and 800m freestyle, while Renwick will also be in contention for the 400m freestyle, as are Stephen Milne (Perth City) and Dan Wallace (Warrender). Milne also has his name on the list for 1500m freestyle, as does Warrender’s Craig Hamilton.  Joining Miley in the 800m freestyle will be Aisha Thornton (Loughborough) and Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow).

Craig Rodgie (University of Edinburgh) broke the Scottish Record on his way to victory in the 200m freestyle MC final. The S14 swimmer was also well within the qualification standard for Team Scotland consideration.

Dan Wallace (Warrender) returns to his base in the US on Wednesday, safe in the knowledge that he has posted Team consideration times in no less than three events, 200m IM, 400m IM and 400m freestyle. Only attending the first of the two Phase 1 selection meets, Wallace knew the importance of producing four solid days of racing.

Kathryn Johnstone and Corrie Scott (Edinburgh University) have both got their names on the list for 50m and 100m breaststroke events and could be joined by team-mate Andrea Strachan in the 50m event and Katie Armitage (Hatfield) in the 100m event as they too both made the consideration times.

Craig McNally (Warrender) was delighted to add his name to the growing list of athletes with consideration times, with a great final 50m securing his name for Team Scotland consideration for the 200m backstroke.

University of Stirling athletes put on a strong display throughout the Championships with Cameron Brodie, Lewis Smith, Ross Muir and Sian Harkin posting consideration times in several events: Brodie (200m fly), Smith (200m fly, 400m IM), Muir (400m IM) and Harkin (50m fly, 50m free).

Richard Schafers (Edinburgh University) put a bad couple of years behind him with a great 50m freestyle, while Kathleen Dawson (Warrington Warrior) won a tight 50m backstroke final; both athletes were in the consideration times for Team Scotland.

Following the final medal ceremony Ally Whike, Performance Director of Scottish Swimming said:

“Overall it’s been a positive Championships. This is the first of two phase one selection meets and there are still a number of Team Scotland places up for grabs next week. I think we’re still to see plenty of twists and turns at the British Championships and I’m looking forward to seeing the swimmers stepping up their level of performance once again.”

A full round up of athletes who have secured Team Scotland consideration times from the Scottish Gas National Open Swimming Championships can be found here: Team Scotland Athlete Consideration List

The British Gas Swimming Championships provide the second opportunity for athletes to make Team Scotland consideration times and they take place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre from 10th-15th April 2014.

If you missed any of the action from the Championships, or want to re-live the highlights, you can watch all races again on Scottish Swimming’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/scottishswimming free of charge.

As well as interviews with the race winners, we also produced a nightly round up show on each of the four days of competition with comment and analysis on all of the action from a panel of experts.

All of the interviews and shows are available free of charge from Scottish Swimming's official soundcloud channel at htps://soundcloud.com/scottishswimming

Our Flickr photo album from the event can be viewed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottishswimming/   

The hashtag for the event was #SGNC2014.

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