Thursday, June 25, 2015

Renwick, Tully and Milne Strike Gold in Glasgow

“I think the GB 4x200m freestyle team could well challenge for a medal and I’m very much up for being part of that.” Robbie Renwick

Robbie Renwick, Mark Tully and Stephen Milne all looked strong as they powered to victory on the opening day of the Scottish National Swimming Championships, which are taking place across four days at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.

Earlier in the afternoon Renwick may have found additional inspiration watching University of Stirling team-mate Duncan Scott win Gold in the same event at the European Games in Baku. Scott’s time was 49.43 and rumour was that Renwick wanted to go faster.

Renwick hit the front from the off and looked strong as he powered up the final 50m He took victory in 49.81, the fastest he has been all season.  Perth City’s Stephen Milne won silver while Jordan Hughes (University of Stirling) and Liam Tancock of Loughborough tied for bronze.

Speaking after the final Renwick said,

“I’m pleased with that. It wasn’t about getting a time as I’m still in a really heavy training block and have come into this meet unrested.

“There’s still about three more weeks of training to go before I taper ahead of the Worlds in Kazan.”

When asked about team-mate Duncan Scott, Renwick continued,

“Duncan is flying at the moment. He’ll be in Kazan too and I think he’ll be an integral part of the 4x100m free squad. I think amongst the British team he’s the one we are all looking up to now in the event.”

When asked about Kazan Renwick finished by saying,

“I think the GB 4x200m freestyle team could well challenge for a medal and I’m very much up for being part of that.”

Mark Tully (Edinburgh University) swam to victory in the 50m breaststroke final in a time of 27.52, his second best time ever. Tully said his 4th place in the event at last year’s Commonwealth Games was the worst place to finish but 12 months later is more philosophical about it. He said,

“Of course I was happy to get to the final, but it was hard to miss out on a medal by such a small margin. I can, however, take a lot away from the experience and hope to keep training hard. The Gold Coast is now only three years away and I would love to be there and compete again for my Country. That’s the plan.”

Aimee Willmott(London Aquatics) looked dominant in the 400m IM taking victory in 4:38.45. Unlike this morning when she effectively swam a solo race, she was pushed by Rosie Rudin of Nova. Coming through in the breaststroke leg, Willmott finished strongly and was happy with her swim. She said,

“I’m pleased with that. I would have liked to have improved on my time from this morning, but I started really hurting so just happy to have come through for the win.

“There’s a lot of support here amongst the swimmers. We’re all still in a really hard block of training and a lot of people are picking up niggles, colds etc. so we’re just there and doing our best to encourage each other to push through until we start resting up for the Worlds.”

Rosie Rudin won silver and Orla Adams bronze.

Stephen Milne made a second trip to the podium wining gold in the 1500m freestyle in a time of 15:09.76. Daniel Jervis of Swansea won silver in 15:15.67 and Toby Robinson of Loughborough bronze in 15:37.14.

The country’s top Para Swimmers are also in action fine tuning their final preparation ahead of the IPC Swimming World Championships.

Bethany Frith (ARDS) broke the S14 world record in the 200m freestyle while Danielle Joyce broke the S15 World Record for 50m backstroke.

Earlier in the day Lyndon Longhorne broke the SB3 British Record for 50m breaststroke, while Tully Kearney (S9) and Alice Tai (S10) both broke their respective European Records in 100m butterfly. Toni Shaw and Stephen Clegg both broke Scottish Records in 100 fly and 100 free.

In the final event of the night the Edinburgh University quartet of Jenny Henderson, Gillian Clark, Lucy Hope and Hayley Monteith broke the Scottish Club Record in 4x200m freestyle.

The Scottish National Swimming Championships are taking place from 25-28 June at Tollcross International Swimming Centre

QTV Sports is delivering an ambitious and impressive range of content from the championships, including:

Live, multi-camera, streaming of all four finals sessions, which can be found at Selected races are available on Twitter and Facebook with Highlights and interviews from each finals session available overnight.

The official hashtag for the event is #SNSC15

Pictures from the event can be found on the Scottish Swimming Facebook page: