Monday, July 28, 2014

Lifetime Best for Milne in Heats

"It was a huge PB but the job isn’t done yet. I need to go away, re-focus and come back tomorrow.” Stephen Milne

Fresh from his medal success in last night’s 4x200m freestyle relay, Stephen Milne was back in action this morning, this time in his preferred event, the 1500m freestyle.

If he was tired from his efforts from the previous night it certainly didn’t show as he knocked 12 seconds off his PB, touching home in 15:03.38 and easing into tomorrow night’s final. Speaking after his race, Milne said:

“I’ve been working hard with my coach Ann (Dickson) and the taper has gone well. It was a huge PB but the job isn’t done yet. I need to go away, re-focus and come back tomorrow.”

Martin Cremin and Craig Hamilton finished in 11th and 14th spot respectively.

Ryan Bennett and Craig McNally will both feature in tonight’s 200m backstroke final while Kathleen Dawson lowered her Scottish National Record again in the heats of the 50m backstroke, posting a time of 28.56. This sees her progress to the semi-finals later tonight.

Richard Schafers will also be back in action tonight after a solid swim in the 50m freestyle heats, while Hannah Miley has given herself an exhausting evening after qualifying for the 200m butterfly final as well as competing in the final of the 800m freestyle, in the latter of which she will be joined by Camilla Hattersley.

At the start of the session there was a swim off for one of the reserve places in the 800m freestyle with Aisha Thornton taking on Emma Robinson of New Zealand. Thornton was just pipped going down the last 50m and Robinson took the touch. When asked about taking part in a swim off for a reserve place, Thornton said:

“You never turn down the opportunity of a second swim, not at the Commonwealth Games. The 800 is my event, it's what I train for, and I’m disappointed I didn't win."

Tonight we can also look forward to Katie Armitage in the 100m breaststroke final and Ross Murdoch, Mark Tully and Joe Welstead in the 50m breaststroke final.

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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