Sunday, June 28, 2015

Smith Looking to Travel the Road to Rio

“I just love the sport. I can’t imagine doing anything better than this at the moment." Lewis Smith

Lewis Smith was in dominant form in the 400m IM on the final day of action at the Scottish National Swimming Championships from Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.

Smith (University of Stirling) started steadily sitting third behind Loughborough athletes Joe Poynter and Fraser Minnican. As expected, the 27 year old moved past both of them over the breaststroke leg establishing a lead of over five seconds. Smith extended that lead, powering to victory in a time of 4:23. 97. Minnican was 2nd in 4:30.03 and Poynter finished in 3rd in 4:32.76.

After the race Smith said,

“I’ve been working on a few aspects of the IM recently, focussing on specifics in each of the individual legs rather than looking solely at securing a time.

Smith comes here off the back of a bronze medal in the event at the 7 Hills Meet in Rome and said,

“It’s been pretty solid training for a few weeks but results like that give me confidence, especially as I’m not in taper ahead of the Summer Nationals.”

Smith has been part of the Senior Scottish Squads for quite some time and remains as motivated as ever. He continued,

“I just love the sport. I can’t imagine doing anything better than this at the moment. The whole process of training and competing is what I enjoy, and I will continue doing it for as long as I can. Rio is still very much part of my plans, I’d love to get selected onto Team GB and I’ll do everything I can to achieve that.”

Nick Grainger from City of Sheffield looked in great form in the 200m freestyle. He lead from the off to take victory in 1:48.93. Stephen Milne (Perth City) was 2nd in 1:50.87 and Matt Parks of Edinburgh University was 3rd in 1:52.04.

After the race Grainger said,

“That felt really good. I didn’t think I would have that sort of speed after 3-4 weeks of solid training. I thought I would struggle a lot more but that felt very comfortable.

“Producing a race like that gives me confidence ahead of the World Championships and GB must be in with a good shout in the relay. I think that’s the event I’m looking forward to the most.”

The quartet of Joe Elwood, Clement Gudefin, Tom Laxton and Andrew Weatheritt of Loughborough broke the British Team Record in the 4x100m Medley (3:41.50) while Charlie Boldison, Ross Murdoch, Lewis Smith and Jordan Hughes from University of Stirling broke the Scottish Club Record with a time of 3:43.07.

Edinburgh University’s Lucy Hope, Corrie Scott, Raquel Matos and Hayley Monteith broke the Scottish Club Record in the Girls 4x100m Medley (time to be confirmed).

Edinburgh University were crowned Top Club amassing a points total of 902½, while Mark Tully of Edinburgh University won the Trophy for Best Performance based on FINA points, which was for his 50m breaststroke.

At the conclusion of the meet, National Coach, Alan Lynn said of the four days,

“These meet has produced some excellent racing in the midst of hard training. The execution of processes and goals has been very good.

“For everyone here this Meet acts as a stepping stone, whether for the Summer Nationals, World University Games or the World Championships themselves and this has provided an good final opportunity to practice routines.”

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

Full results from the event can be found here: http://swimscotland.co.uk/meets%2015/SNOpen%20%2015/index.htm

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 www.scottishswimming.com/live. Selected races are available on Twitter and Facebook with Highlights and interviews from each finals session available overnight on www.youtube.com/ScottishSwimming

The official hashtag for the event is #SNSC15.

Pictures from the event can be found on the Scottish Swimming Facebook page: www.facebook.com/scottishswimming

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