Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Murdoch takes Bronze as Peaty Wins Battle of the Breaststrokers

“The depth of breaststroke talent in the UK is insane and anyone who has made the final could win the race" Ross Murdoch ahead of 200m breaststroke final

The best junior and senior swimmers from across the United Kingdom began the competition for places in GBR squads for a number of International Events at the start of the British Swimming Championships, which are taking place at the London Aquatics Centre from 14-18 April 2015.

In an explosive first night of action at the British Swimming Championships 2015 in London, Adam Peaty thrilled the crowd as he stormed to victory in the Men’s Open 200m Breaststroke.

Peaty over-powered an all-star line-up of Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth medallists in arguably the most anticipated final of the night to touch home in 2:08.34, the qualifying time needed for the World Championships in Russia.

With just over half a second separating the medals, the 50m World record holder proved the depth of his talent as he out-paced Commonwealth bronze medallist Andrew Willis (2.08.59) and Commonwealth champion Ross Murdoch (2:08.90) on his way to the top of the podium.

Craig Benson (University of Stirling), Calum Tait (Edinburgh University) and Michael Jamieson (Bath University) were 4th, 5th and 6th respectively in the final.

Before the final Murdoch had commented,

“The depth of breaststroke talent in the UK is insane and anyone who has made the final could win the race. I’m just coming back from illness so I’m not feeling the pressure, I’ll just have to wait and see what happens and hope I can put myself in the mix.”

In the Boy’s Junior (EYOF) final of the 200m breaststroke, the title was won by  South Ayrshire swimmer Cameron Muir (2:22.35) who secured the win over Millfield’s Joshua Lawson (2:22.75) and City of Leeds swimmer Harry Devlin (2:24.33).

George Clough of Warrender did make the final but was sadly DQ’d for a technical infringement.

In the Men’s Junior (EG) 200m breaststroke final, Kieren Preston of South Aberdeenshire finished 4th in 2:19.10.

Dan Wallace returned from the US to compete in the Championships, starting his campaign with the 400m freestyle, where he finished 3rd in 3:46.15, behind James Guy (Millfield) and Nick Grainger (City of Sheffield). Guy’s time of 3:44.16 was inside the qualification standard needed for Russia.

Stephen Milne (Perth City) was fourth in 3:48.32.

Hannah Miley led the charge in the final of the Women’s Open 200m Butterfly, fighting tooth and nail down the final 50m to secure the title in 2:08.63.

The 400 Individual Medley specialist swam stroke-for-stroke to the finish with National Centre, Bath swimmer Jemma Lowe in a self-confessed ‘surprise’ performance.

“I haven’t been on the podium for the 200m Fly since 2009, so that was a real shock for me today. It’s really nice to see that I’ve been able to progress in this event; I was a lot quicker than I swam at Commonwealths.

“Over the years I’ve always been told that Butterfly is the weakest stroke of my individual medley so it’s great to up there with such a strong field of girls today and coming away with the win.”

Lowe, who returns to the fray at the British Swimming Championship after an injury in 2014, swam 0.4 of a second inside her heat time for silver in 2:09.36, with Commonwealth silver medallist Aimee Willmott (London Aquatics Centre Performance) taking bronze in 2:09.66.

In the Girls Junior (EYOF) 200m butterfly final , Keanna MacInnes  (Hearts) continued her excellent form coming home in 3rd place in a time of 2:20.77, improving her 13 years age group record once again.

Craig McNally of Warrender Baths Club was just off his best finishing 3rd in a time of 54.80 in the Men’s Open 100m backstroke final. Chris Walker-Hebborn (Bath) won the title in 52.88 and Liam Tancock (Loughborough) was second in 53.98.

In the Men’s Junior (EG) 100m backstroke final Craig McLean of Carnegie finished 3rd in 56.63 and Chris McColm (Edinburgh University) was 8th in 58.68.

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