Thursday, April 3, 2014

British Record for Murdoch on opening morning of Championships

Ross Murdoch smashed the British Record during the heats of the 50m breaststroke on the opening morning of the Scottish Gas National Open Swimming Championships being held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow.

The 20 year old University of Stirling swimmer took control of the race from the off finishing almost a body length ahead of his rivals to post a new best time of 27.28, a time which is over a second inside the qualification criteria for a place on Team Scotland.

The strength and depth of breast stroking in Scotland was evident as indeed six of tonight’s finalists (Ross Murdoch, Joe Welstead, Mark Tully, Jamie Graham, Mark Campbell, Euan Inglis) are well inside the time for Team Scotland consideration,  setting up what will surely be an exciting final.

In the 400m IM Hannah Miley (Garioch) eased into the final as fastest qualifier while both Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow) and Sally Wood (Warrender) looked relaxed and ready to step up a gear tonight.

The men’s 200m butterfly final offers a great tussle with Lewis Smith, Cameron Brodie, Ross Muir (University of Stirling), Dan Wallace (Warrender) and Mark Szaranek all within striking distance of a qualifying time, while the men’s 100m freestyle offers the swimmers the opportunity of not just individual spots but relay places on Team Scotland, making it still all to ‘swim’ for.

Finals start at 5.30pm and if you can’t make it to Tollcross, tune into our Live Stream at

If you missed any of the action or want to re-live Ross Murdoch’s record breaking swim, you can watch all races again on Scottish Swimming’s YouTube channel at free of charge.

As well as interviewing the race winners, we’ll also be producing 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 will be available free of charge from Scottish Swimming's official soundcloud channel at htps:// , with content uploaded throughout the final session each day. The nightly round up show will be available from 9pm each night.

Photos from the event will be available on Flickr:

The Scottish Gas National Open Swimming Championships are taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre from Glasgow between 3rd and 6th April 2014. The event is the first of two selection meets for Team Scotland places.