Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jamieson Reigns Supreme at 200m

"With just over 100 days to go I’m right where I want to be in terms of preparation for the summer.” Michael Jamieson

Despite victory in the 200m breaststroke at last week’s Scottish Gas National Open Swimming Championships, Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson, was not happy and came into the British Gas Championships wanting to prove a point.

And prove a point he did, with the fastest time in the world this year over the distance, 2:07.79, just 0.3 off the British Record he set in London in 2012, easily beating nearest rivals Adam Peaty (City of Derby) 2:09.40 and Bath University team-mate Andrew Willis (2:09.85).

Jamieson said: “My heat swim last week at the Scottish Nationals was technically really good but it was important to go faster tonight. With just over 100 days to go I’m right where I want to be in terms of preparation for the summer.”

Warrender’s Craig Benson finished 5th in 2:11.93, while Edinburgh University’s Calum Tait and Andrew Rodgie finished 6th and 7th respectively (2:12.19 and 2:17.18).

Caitlin McClatchey (Edinburgh University) may have finished outside the medals in the 200m freestyle final, but her 4th place time of 1:59.02 is within the consideration time for Team Scotland, a great result following a recent back injury.

Tomorrow’s 50m breaststroke final will see four Scottish swimmers in the hunt for medal glory. Corrie Scott, Kathryn Johnstone, Andrea Strachan (Edinburgh University) and Katie Armitage all posted Team Scotland consideration times at last week’s Scottish Gas National Championships, with Scott breaking the Scottish Record in the final of this event.

In other races, Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow) finished just outside the medals in the 400m IM final posting a time of 4:46.86, while in the Junior final, Jennifer King (North Ayrshire) was 8th in 5:08.99.  Gareth Mills (City of Sheffield) finished 8th in the men’s 400m free final (3:55.19).

In other junior finals Warrender’s Katie Stark was 8th in the 200m freestyle (2:06.81), while her team-mate, Daniel Lim, won bronze in the junior 200m breaststroke final in a time of 2:19.82.

In other semi-finals, Sean Campsie of Warrender will be 1st reserve for tomorrow’s final of the 50m butterfly following his 9th place finish, while Jamie Graham, Dan Scott (both City of Glasgow) and Craig Bowman (Carnegie) were 10th, 13th and 16th respectively.

East Lothian’s Raquel Matos finished 10th after her 100m fly semi-final (1:00.55) while in the men’s 100m backstroke, Ryan Bennett (University of Stirling) and Andrew McGovern (COAST) were 11th and 13th after their semi-final.

Team Scotland nominations for individual events and following tonight's racing can be confirmed as:

Michael Jamieson, Ross Murdoch, Calum Tait (200m breaststroke)

Caitlin McClatchey (200m freestyle)

Hannah Miley (400m IM)

Robbie Renwick, Dan Wallace, Stephen Milne (400m freestyle)

The British Gas Swimming Championships are taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre from 10th – 15th April 2014.