Friday, April 11, 2014

Scott Sets New British Junior Standard at Tollcross

The pick of the performances on day 2 of the British Gas Swimming Championships was by 16 year old Duncan Scott (FIRST) who broke the British Junior Record over 200m freestyle on his way to victory. The pupil from Strathallan School lay in wait in second place at the half way point then timed his charge to the wall perfectly touching home in 1:49.88.

Aberdeen’s Suleman Butt was 5th and Jordan Hughes (North Ayrshire) finished 5th and 8th respectively (1:53.35 and 1:56.79).

University of Stirling’s Lewis Smith posted a personal best time in the final of the 400m IM winning silver in 4:15.76. His teammate Ross Muir finished 5th in 4:22.39, while from the girls, Sian Harkin eased into the final of the 50m freestyle, while Eloise Barber finished 13th overall after the semi-finals.

In the women’s 50m breaststroke final four Scottish swimmers were in the hunt for medal glory, with Corrie Scott (Edinburgh University) finishing in 31.62 to take bronze. Her Edinburgh teammates Andrea Strachan and Kathryn Johnstone were 4th and 5th while Katie Armitage (Hatfield) finished in 7th.

The men’s 100m breaststroke semi-finals no less than seven Scottish swimmers were in action with Ross Murdoch (University of Stirling), Michael Jamieson (Bath University), Craig Benson (Warrender) and Calum Tait (Edinburgh University) all progressing to tomorrow’s final. Joe Welstead (Stirling Swimming), Jamie Graham (City of Glasgow) and Mark Tully (ELST) finished 9th, 10th and 14th respectively.

Warrington Warriors Kathleen Dawson will also feature in tomorrow’s finals with a sixth place overall placing after the 100m backstroke semi-finals. Lucy Hope from BEST finished 13th after the semi-finals. Dawson posted a Team Scotland consideration time in the 50m event at last week’s Scottish Gas National Open Swimming Championships.

In other events, Craig Bowman took bronze in the 50m fly junior final and later was back in action in the 100m back final where he finished 4th and Jack Ness (COAST) was 5th.

Gareth Mills (City of Sheffield) was 8th in 200m freestyle final, while Warrender’s Sean Campsie was 8th in his first senior final, the 50m butterfly.

Carnegie’s Tain Bruce was 8th in 100m butterfly junior final while Erin Robertson (South Ayrshire) broke the Scottish 15 years age group record on what is her 15th birthday.

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:

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

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.