Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mullen and Quin to be confirmed on GBR Team for IPC Swimming World Championships

" I thought that Scott Quin’s Breaststroke swim was really good." Chris Furber, National Performance Director

Andrew Mullen and Scott Quin are due to be confirmed on the GBR team for the IPC Swimming World Championships on Monday following record breaking times at the British Para Swimming International Meet at Tollcross, Glasgow.

On the final day of the event, Ren 96’s Andrew Mullen (S5) secured another victory in the final of the men’s 50m Backstroke.  Mullen recorded a time of 38.28 in the final which equated to 764 points.

In the women’s event Kayleigh Haggo (S5) of South Ayrshire finished 7th in 1:10.44/166 points

Reagan Doig (S14) of Perth City competed in the ‘A’ final of the 200m freestyle where she finished 5th in 2:21.64/703 points), while another S14 athlete, Amy Macfarlane (Motherwell & Wishaw), finished 4th in the ‘C’ final of the same event posting a time of 2:46.20/435 points.

In the men’s 200m freestyle event, Craig Rodgie (S14) of Edinburgh University finished 2nd in 2:04.70/829 points, while Conner Morrison (S14) of Garioch finished 9th in the ‘C’ final with a time of 2:20.19/584 points.

In the ‘C’ final of the men’s 400m freestyle, Oliver Carter (S10) of Cupar finished 8th in 4:49.42/596 points.

National Performance Director Chris Furber commented: “It’s been a great competition in terms of organisation which is a testament to all of the hard work behind the scenes.

“From a performance perspective it has been a real mixed bag. There have been some really exceptional performances from Bethany [Firth], from Hannah [Russell] and the National Performance Centre guys have swum really well.

“Jessica-Jane [Applegate] has made a step forward and I thought that Scott Quin’s Breaststroke swim was really good. There were also swims where I think athletes need to go back to the drawing board and look back at their training.

“But on the whole the competition has been good. It has been how I expected to be honest and we saw our key athletes really step up at a big meet. We don’t have many opportunities to race under pressure and it’s good to have athletes that have been a bit fragile before become more resilient at this meet.”