Thursday, June 12, 2014

Four more Swimmers Added to Aquatics Squad for Glasgow

Head Coach, Graham Wardell, “For the past eight months we have been working with the Nations best swimmers and divers, bringing them together to train, to work, to relax, to get to know each other".

The number of athletes on Scotland’s aquatics squad for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games rose to 44, with the announcement of four new names.

Amongst the names announced today at Stirling Castle were our two Para-swimmers with Craig Rodgie confirmed for the 200m freestyle (S14) and Erraid Davies in the 100m breaststroke (SB9).

Rodgie has already experienced a home Games, having been on Team GB at the London 2012 Paralympics, while 13 year old Shetland swimmer Davies takes the spot for the youngest team member of all time.  She will be a year younger than diver Grace Reid, who was 14 years and 5 months when she competed in Delhi in 2010.

Jack Ness (City of Aberdeen Swim Team) will contest the 50m backstroke, having posted a consideration time during last weekend’s North District Grand Prix in Aberdeen. Not only was his time of 25.54 a new Scottish Record, it was only 0.1 away from the World Junior Record.

At the same meet, Duncan Scott (FIRST), posted a time of 1.49.88.for the 200m freestyle, giving him a nomination for the 4x200m freestyle relay.

Scottish Swimming also confirmed the coaching line-up for the aquatics squad, with Laurel Bailey (Warrender Baths Club), Ann Dickson (Perth City Swimming Club), Ben Higson (University of Stirling), Chris Jones (Edinburgh University Swim Team), Jenny Leeming (Edinburgh Diving Club), Gary Paterson (South Aberdeenshire) and Mat Trodden (East Lothian Swim Team) selected to support Head Coach, Graham Wardell.

Speaking ahead of the announcement, Wardell said: “For the past eight months we have been working with the Nations best swimmers and divers, bringing them together to train, to work, to relax, to get to know each other. The resulting team announced for Glasgow has already developed a bond and a strength that we will take into the Games and am really looking forward to the final few weeks of preparation.”

The aquatics squad for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is made up for 42 swimmers and 2 divers. The full list can be found here.

To listen to soundcloud interviews with Performance Director, Ally Whike, and athletes Craig Rodgie and Jack Ness, click here.

The selections were confirmed today at Stirling Castle where Commonwealth Games Scotland announced a record 310 athletes have met the selection standards to represent the nation at this summer’s home Games.

 

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