Sunday, July 27, 2014

Davies Thrills Crowd During Day 4 Heats

"I was quite scared before going on, really nervous, but I did ok." Erraid Davies, Youngest Team Scotland Athlete

Team Scotland’s youngest ever competitor, Erraid Davies is 2nd fastest going into tonight’s 100m breaststroke SB9 final after posting a four second PB in the heats of 1:22.08 at Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

The 13 year old who lives on the Shetland Islands looked delighted not only by her time, but by the huge reception she received from the packed crowd. After the race she admitted to being a bit worried, saying,

"I was quite scared before going on, really nervous but I did ok. I’ve been working with Ann (Dickson-Team Scotland coach) on my starts and my turns and that’s really helped me.”

Find out how Erraid’s parents, Joyce and David Davies, reacted to her swim. Listen here:

Katie Armitage, Kathryn Johnstone and Corrie Scott are all safely through to the semi-final of their 100m breaststroke event, as are Ross Murdoch, Mark Tully and Joe Welstead in the 50m breaststroke.

Hannah Miley had a busy morning, with both the 200m IM and 800m freestyle heats to contest. She’s third fastest going into tonight’s medley final and also made tomorrow’s 800m free final, as has Camilla Hattersley. Aisha Thornton just missed out on another swim finishing 10th overall.

The quartet of Jak Scott, Gareth Mills, Cameron Brodie and Craig Hamilton eased Scotland into the final of the 4x200m freestyle. Scotland have won silver in this event the last two Commonwealth Games and are keen to increase Scotland’s medal tally from the pool again.

Jak Scott said, “We were looking for a good lane in the finals and we did that. This is a really special event for us and I think the whole Country will get behind us tonight.”

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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