Monday, April 14, 2014

Team Scotland Taking Great Shape in the Pool

Tomorrow will see the final opportunity for Scottish swimmers to post Team Scotland consideration times for Glasgow before the aquatics team in announced on Wednesday afternoon.  For some it will be the end of a four year plan and months and months of hard training, which has come down to a gruelling fortnight of competition where our swimmers have really stepped up to the mark.

On the penultimate day of racing at the British Gas Swimming Championships Ross Murdoch (University of Stirling) was just edged out of victory in the 50m breaststroke final when Adam Peaty (City of Derby) had the better finish to take the title in 27.43. Murdoch, who broke the British Record twice in one day at last week’s Scottish Championships finished with the silver medal in 27.45, while Loughborough University’s Andrew Weatheritt was 3rd in 27.64.

Out of eight places, five Scots were in the final, with Mark Tully (East Lothian), Mark Campbell (COAST), Euan Inglis (Edinburgh University) and Joe Welstead (Stirling Swimming) finishing in 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th places respectively.

In the women’s 100m breaststroke final, Corrie Scott (Edinburgh University) finished 2nd behind Sophie Taylor from City of Leeds, who broke her own British Record on her way to victory posting a time of 1:07.08. Scott took silver in 1:08.77 while Molly Renshaw (Loughborough University) was 3rd in 1:08.94. Hatfield’s Katie Armitage was 5th in 1:10.37, which secured her Team Scotland nomination for the event, alongside Scott and Kathryn Johnstone.

In the 800m freestyle final, Aisha Thornton (Loughborough University) and Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow) finished  in 6th and 7th places respectively, while Hannah Miley (Garioch) was 7th in the 200m butterfly final, finishing in a time of 1:12.34, just 0.5secs outside the Team Scotland conisation time for the event.

Ryan Bennett (University of Stirling) finished 6th in the final of the 100m butterfly with Carnegie’s Craig Bowman 8th.

Warrington Warriors Kathleen Dawson is through to tomorrow’s 50m backstroke final with a gutsy swim in her semi-final. Lucy Hope (BEST) and Karen Reid (South Ayrshire) finished 11th and 13th overall respectively.

Edinburgh University sprinters Richard Schafers and Jack Thorpe will also feature in tomorrow’s finals with a 5th and 6th place finish in the 50m free semi-finals. Schafers has already posted a Team Scotland consideration time for the event but Thorpe will also be keen to get his name in the mix for the event this summer.

In Junior finals, Fraser Spooner (West Lothian) won bronze in the 200m backstroke, while Warrender’s Daniel Lim finished 4th in the 50m breaststroke final.

Meg Finnon (South Lanarkshire) was 6th in the 800m freestyle final while Jennifer King (North Ayrshire) was 8th.

And in the 100m breaststroke Junior final, Erin Roberston (South Ayrshire) was 5th and Emma Chittleburgh of Warrender 8th.

Earlier in the day Martin Cremin (Stirling Swimming) secured his Team Scotland consideration time in the 1500m freestyle; the final is tomorrow.

Athletes posting individual Team Scotland consideration times after day 5 of the British Gas Swimming Championships, and following the results from Scottish Gas National Open Championships are:

Ross Murdoch, Mark Tully, Joe Welstead (50m breaststroke)

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

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

Andrew McGovern, Rory Lamont (50m backstroke)

Craig McNally (200m backstroke)

Robbie Renwick (200m freestyle)

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

Cameron Brodie, Lewis Smith (200m butterfly)

Lewis Smith, Dan Wallace, Ross Muir (400m IM)

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

Kathryn Johnstone, Corrie Scott, Katie Armitage (100m breaststroke)

Hannah Miley (200m breaststroke)

Sian Harkin (50m freestyle, 50m butterfly)

Caitlin McClatchey (200m freestyle)

Hannah Miley, Aisha Thornton, Camilla Hattersley (800m freestyle)

Hannah Miley (400m IM)

Hannah Miley (200m IM)

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