Friday, July 25, 2014

Another Exciting Night in the Pool in Prospect with all Scots Progressing

Day 2 of competition started with another good morning in the pool and all Scottish swimmers progressing to this evening’s semi-finals and finals.

Robbie Renwick started the defence of the 200m freestyle Commonwealth crown he won in Delhi posting a heat time of 1:47.15 and placing him 4th fastest for tonight’s final. It won’t be an easy task with Australians Cameron McEvoy and Thomas Fraser-Holmes looking quick, as well as Welshman Calum Jarvis on the hunt for a medal.

There was a huge cheer for the return of yesterday’s breaststroke boys as both Ross Murdoch and Michael Jamieson lined up alongside each other yet again for the heats of the 100m breaststroke. Murdoch again looked strong and dominated the heat coming home in 1:00.63 placing him second fastest for tonight’s semi-finals. For what must have been a tough race, Jamieson did well, touching the wall in 1:01.98 and securing his place in tonight’s semi-final.

Craig Benson made his Glasgow Games debut with a strong swim in the final heat, finishing in 1:01.30 which puts him 6th fastest overall at this stage.

Sian Harkin produced a solid swim in the 50m freestyle heats. Her time of 25.30 was a PB and sees her ease into tonight’s semi-finals, while Kathleen Dawson broke the Scottish Record in the 100m backstroke, producing a time of 1:00.91, which also takes her comfortably into tonight’s semi-finals.

Dan Wallace swam the race of his life breaking the British Record and setting a new Commonwealth Games record in the heats of the 400m IM. The 21-year old dominated his heat powering home in 4:11.04. He will be joined in tonight’s final by Lewis Smith and Ross Muir, both of whom put in solid heat performances to secure a spot in the final. Lewis’ time of 4:15.64 and Ross’ time of 4:19.22 place them 5th and 8th respectively.

The quartet of Jack Thorpe, Richard Schafers, Kieran McGuckin and Jak Scott broke the Scottish National Relay record for 4x100m freestyle with a time of 3:19.60. The previous record had stood at 3:20.70 and was set in Delhi back in 2010. This puts the Scottish boys into the final in 3rd place.

Coverage of the finals start at 7pm.

The Swimming competition starts on Thursday 24 July and continues until Tuesday 29July, before the Aquatics Diving programme begins on Wednesday 30 July at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

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