Saturday, April 12, 2014

Murdoch Sets New Scottish Record

“Words can’t describe how I’m feeling at the moment....I’m absolutely delighted to have taken Michael’s [Jamieson] record.” Ross Murdoch

Ross Murdoch highlighted again that he is the breaststroker to beat with another convincing victory in the 100m breaststroke final on day 3 of the British Gas Swimming Championships.

Leading from the off the 20-year old University of Stirling athlete never looked as if he would be anywhere other than top of the podium and powered into the wall in 59.56, a new Scottish Record and tantalisingly close to the British Record.

Adam Peaty of City of Derby finished in 59.79 to take silver with Michael Jamieson (Bath University) was third in 1:00.53. Craig Benson of Warrender was 7th in 1:01.50, which is within the Team Scotland consideration standard for the event. Calum Tait (Edinburgh University) was 8th in 1:02.48.

Murdoch said: “Words can’t describe how I’m feeling at the moment. I came through the heats and the semi finals just behind Adam so I wasn’t sure where I was going to finish. I just came out as hard as I could and tried to hang on and I’m absolutely delighted to have taken Michael’s [Jamieson] record.”

University of Stirling’s Cameron Brodie posted a personal best on his way to bronze in the 200m fly final touching the wall in 1:57.96, while his teammate Lewis Smith was 8th in 2:00.21.

Sian Harkin from University of Stirling also put in strong performances this evening, with silver in a highly competitive 50m freestyle final with a time of 25.07. Fran Halsall (Loughborough University) won convincingly in 24.51 with her team mate Amy Smith being edged out by Harkin for bronze in 25.09.

Harkin was back later in the evening in the 50m fly semi-final where she finished third putting her into tomorrow’s final. She’ll be joined by East Lothian’s Raquel Matos who is 6th overall after the semi-finals in 27.43.

Andrew McGovern, Jack Ness (COAST) and Rory Lamont (West Dunbartonshire) will all feature in tomorrow’s 50m backstroke final. Warrender’s Craig McNally finished 10th overall. McGovern’s semi-final time of 25.93 is within the Team Scotland consideration time but he’ll have to do that again tomorrow to secure the nomination.

Jak Scott (University of Stirling) will also feature in a final tomorrow night with his 7th place finish in the 100m freestyle taking him through. Edinburgh University’s Richard Schafers, Jack Thorpe and Kieran McGuckin were 10th, 12th and 13th respectively.

Hannah Miley (Garioch) finished 6th in the 200m breaststroke final, but her time of 2:29.31 is within the Team Scotland consideration time, while Kathleen Dawson (Warrington Warriors) finished 6th in the 100m backstroke final in 1:02.16.

In the Junior finals, it was gold for Emma Chittleburgh in the 200m breaststroke while her Warrender team-mate Katie Stark took bronze in the 50m freestyle.

Carnegie’s Craig Bowman was 5th in the 200m fly final, Karen Reid (South Ayrshire) 5th in the 100m backstroke final and Warrender’s Daniel Lim 4th in the 100m breaststroke final.

Athletes posting individual Team Scotland consideration times after day 2 of the British Gas Swimming Championships, and following the results from Scottish Gas National Open Championships are:

Ross Murdoch, Michael Jamieson, Craig Benson (100m breaststroke)

Cameron Brodie, Lewis Smith (200m butterfly)

Corrie Scott, Kathryn Johnstone, Andrea Strachan (50m breaststroke)

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

Sian Harkin (50m freestyle)

Caitlin McClatchey (200m freestyle)

Hannah Miley (400m IM, 200m breaststroke)

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.