Thursday, April 16, 2015

Golden Night for McNally and Milne in London

“It was a really tough race out there, I wanted to make improvements from the heats and get my hand on the wall first." Craig McNally

Trips to the podium by Scottish swimmers continued during day 3 of the British Swimming Championships, taking place at the London Aquatics Centre, with Craig McNally and Stephen Milne both securing Gold.

McNally (Warrender) made a welcome return to the top of the podium after a year marred with illness with a storming final 50m of the 200m Backstroke to take the gold medal in a time of 1:57.58.

Throughout the first half of the race Joseph Patching was in control but McNally showed his power to come back at the Plymouth Leander swimmer in the final 50m.

“It was a really tough race out there,” McNally said. “I wanted to make improvements from the heats and get my hand on the wall first.

“I do have mixed emotions though. I am happy to be British Champion again but I’m a bit down about not making the time.

“I just love to race and the final 50 is my favourite part and it’s about pushing through the pain and who can do it out there.”

Patching touched in 1:58.17 for silver with Luke Greenbank (Cockermouth) setting his second Age Group record of the day with a time of 1:58.71.

Ryan Bennett finished eighth, with University of Stirling team-mate, Charlie Boldison, fifth.

Perth City’s Stephen Milne looked dominant through the 1500m Freestyle as he carved out a six second lead in the final.

He paced his race well and brought it home in a time of 14:58.25 with Caleb Hughes (National Centre, Loughborough) taking silver in 15:04.76.

“It’s about 20 seconds faster than what I did this time last year so I’m happy with how I did,” Milne said. “I was just swimming my own race and thinking about my own tactics so I wasn’t that aware of what was going on behind me.

“I wasn’t thinking about the other competitors very much, it was all about just pushing myself along. I’m completely shattered and happy with how I went – bit by bit I’m improving so that’s all I can ask for.

“I’m doing my best in training and working as hard as I can, building towards Rio, that’s what we’re all trying to do. I’m just going to focus on myself, do my best in training and see what happens.”

Bronze was won by Jay Lelliott (Bath University) in 15:09.51.

Angus Barr (East Kilbride) who also competed in the final heat finished 18th overall.

In the Women’s 200m IM, Hannah Miley won the silver medal in a time of 2:11.65, finishing behind Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, who dominated the race, winning in a time of 2:09.51.  Aimee Willmott took the bronze medal in 2:13.30.

In the Girls Junior EG Final, Tara Haworth of Lincoln Vulcans finished sixth.

In the Women’s Open 100m backstroke final Kathleen Dawson of Warrington Warriors finished fifth in 1:01.01, while in the Girl’s Junior EYOF final, Lexie Waller (Hearts) continued the form she showed at the National Age Groups Championships, taking the bronze medal in 1:05.25.

In the final event of the night, the Women’s 800m freestyle, Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow Swim Team) produced a superb swim to secure the bronze medal in a time of 8:37.99.

It was Jazz Carlin, however, who took charge throughout the 800m Freestyle and after a strong start she held a three second lead over the field. She then pushed on hard through the second half of the race to touch in a time of 8:21.58.

Jessica Thielmann (Derwentside) took silver in 8:32.19, while Team Scotland member Aisha Thornton (Loughborough) finished 8th. University of Stirling athlete, Danielle Huskisson was fifth.

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