Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Brodie Crowned British Champion in London

“I’ve been dreaming of a British title since I started swimming" Cameron Brodie

Thermometers may have been rising outside the London Aquatics Centre but that was nothing compared with the soaring temperature inside the venue as the pressure was on, not only to secure places in finals, but to get on the podium and post a qualification standard for any one of the International Events taking place this summer.

It was a University of Stirling gold and bronze in the final of the Men’s Open 200m Butterfly as team-mates Cameron Brodie and Lewis Smith were separated by University of Bath swimmer Jay Lelliott.

Brodie, who qualified fastest from this morning’s heats, took the race out with intent in a 56.21 100m split to finish with a season’s best of 1:57.71, from Lelliott (1:58.04) and Smith (1:59.26). Sean Campsie, another University of Stirling athlete, finished 6th in 2:00.11.

Following his win, Brodie said: “I’ve been dreaming of a British title since I started swimming so I’m really happy to have achieved that today. I was short of the Worlds time but I know I’m on the right track.

“Although the qualification standard is tough it’s something I’ve been building towards all year so it’s obviously disappointing to miss out, but it’s a big step up from last year so I’m pleased.”

In the junior EYOF final, second and third spots were claimed by Thomas Beeley (Aberdeen) and Mark Elrick (FIRST) who finished in 2:06.13 and 2:06.46 respectively – both lifetime bests.

In the Men’s Junior EG final, Fraser Lowther (Dumfries) finished fourth in 2:03.71 and Ryan Brown (Kelso) fifth in 2:03.93.

Hannah Miley (Garioch) secured another return to the podium with a third place finish in the 400m freestyle posting a time of 4:10.89. Fellow Team Scotland member, Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow), finished fourth in 4:11.70.

Young Sophie Smith (Arbroath St. Thomas) finished 8th in the Girl’s Junior EYOF final with a personal best of 4:31.76.

Later in the evening Miley finished fifth in the 200m breaststroke final, while Edinburgh University’s Olivia White finished one better in fourth in 2:27.65.

Katie Robertson of South Ayrshire knocked another two seconds off the Scottish Age Group Record (13 years) set in Aberdeen, during the 200m breaststroke heats, setting a new national standard of 2:33.25. While she didn’t improve on that time in the final she did storm to victory and pending confirmation may well have secured her ticket to Tbilisi this summer for the European Youth Olympic Festival.

Dan Wallace won the silver medal in the 200m IM final, posting a new Scottish Record time of 1:58.45.

Roberto Pavoni stamped his authority on the event, defending his third British title in style with a 1:57.79 while Millfield’s Tristan Slater (2:00.24) took bronze.

Florida based Mark Szaranek (Carnegie) was fourth in 2:00.66.

In the Boy’s Junior EYOF final, George Clough (Warrender) finished seventh in 2:10.71, while in the EG final Callum Lawrie (FIRST) and Chris McColm (Edinburgh University) finished seventh and eighth place respectively (2:07.95 and 2:10.85)

Robbie Renwick (University of Stirling) broke his own Scottish Record on his way to a bronze medal in the final of the 100m freestyle. Renwick touched home in 49.12 behind Calum Jarvis and Ben Proud.

Duncan Scott (University of Stirling) finished fourth in the final in 49.19, a new British Age Group Record (17 years).

Craig McLean (Carnegie) won the Men’s Junior EG final in 50.94 while Suleman Butt of Aberdeen was seventh in 51.89. And in the Boy’s Junior EYOF final, Scott McLay (Perth City) secured a fantastic bronze medal  while Toby Douglas (Duns) posted a lifetime best to finish sixth.

Results from the British Swimming Championships can be found here

Selection Policy for the FINA World Swimming Championships 2015can be found here

Selection Policy for the 2015 European Games can be found here

Selection Policy for the European Youth Olympic Festival 2015 can be found here