Sunday, March 15, 2015

O’Connor and Peaty Top FINA Points in Edinburgh

" I want to be at my best for London, and then onto compete in Russia this summer.” Adam Peaty

Siobhan Marie O’Connor and Adam Peaty left the Edinburgh International Swim Meet this evening with the top FINA points prizes, while Lizzie Simmonds leapt to the top of the world rankings in the 200m backstroke.

O’Connor (University of Bath) added to her victory in the 200m IM by winning the 100m fly in what was a thrilling final. In a finger-tip finish, O’Connor just held off Rachel Kelly (Loughborough) touching home in 58.15 to Kelly’s 58.17. O’Connor’s Bath team-mate, Jemma Lowe, was third in 58.38.

Meanwhile Adam Peaty (City of Derby) enjoyed a busy evening. In the 200m breaststroke final he was second to Andrew Willis (University of Bath) finishing in a time of 2:12.86. Willis won in 2:12.22, while James Wilby (Loughborough) picked up another podium finish coming third in 2:13.22.

Peaty then went onto compete in the 50m breaststroke ‘Skins’ event where in all 5 rounds he produced a sub 28 second victory, and eventually winning the event in 27.80. After the race he said,

“Skins is a great fun and the ideal event to do during the anaerobic period of training.”

Looking ahead he continued, “Between now and the Trials in London I will be focussing on the little things, technique, starts and turns. I’m really happy with my performances this weekend and where I am in terms of training and times ahead of Trials. I want to be at my best for London, and then onto compete in Russia this summer.”

Lizzie Simmonds (University of Bath) stormed to victory in the 200m backstroke with a time of 2:08.32, making her number one in the world this year for the event.  Jessica Fullalove (City of Manchester) was second in 2:10.92, while Team Scotland swimmer, Kathleen Dawson (Warrington Warriors) was third in 2:15.41.

Simmonds also went onto take victory in the 50m backstroke ‘skins’ holding off the challenge of Georgia Davies.

Olivia White added her name to the talented crop of breaststrokers at the University of Edinburgh, taking victory in the 200m breaststroke final. Her time of 2:26.71 held off Molly Renshaw (Loughborough) who was second in 2:26.799 and Hannah Miley (Garioch) in 2:29.33).

Earlier in the day Miley had taken victory in the 400m IM event.

Fran Halsall (Loughborough) finished off a hectic schedule with victory in the 100m freestyle. The 24 year old won the event in 52.54, ahead of Natalie Coughlin in 54.77. Rebecca Guy (City of Manchester) was third in 55.69.

In other events, Ben Proud (Plymouth) won the 100m freestyle final in 49.68 taking victory ahead of Robbie Renwick (University of Stirling) in 50.01. Calum Jarvis (University of Bath) was third in 50.39.

Lewis Coleman (University of Bath), Roberto Pavoni (Loughborough) and Max Litchfield (Sheffield) were the 1-2-3 in the 200m IM final, while Jonny Carlisle (City of Sunderland) won the 100m backstoke final in 55.95. Carlisle beat Liam Tancock (Loughborough) to second in 56.02 and Joe Elwood (Loughborough) into third in 56.29.

Nick Grainger (City of Sheffield) won the 400m freestyle final in 3:49.96. Stephen Milne (Perth City) was second in 3:52.41, while Max Litchfield (City of Sheffield) was third in 3:53.98.

Tom Shields (University of California-PC) won 100m fly final in 52.15 ahead of James Guy (Millfield) and Adam Barnett (Loughborough), 52.86 and 53.26 respectively.

The Edinburgh International Swim Meet is taking place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh from 13-15 March 2015.

Images from Day 3 of the meet can be found on Flickr:

Soundcloud interviews with athletes attending the media call prior to the event can be found here:

Results from the meet are available at: