Monday, September 14, 2015

Medal Success for Scottish Open Water Squad in France

A small development squad represented Scotland at the French Open Water Swimming Cup at the weekend winning 8 medals.  The last event of the French calendar at Jablines near Paris attracted a very strong entry including the current world 10 km champion, Aurelie Muller, and European 25 km champion, Axel Reymond.  Against the strong field the young Scots were always going to find the going tough but they rose to the occasion in picking up a total of 8 medals.

The top performance of the weekend came from Daisy Hill (Kingston Upon Hull) in the women’s 2.5 km where she took the overall title in a close finish which included fellow Scots Heather Mulvany (COAST) who was 6.5 seconds behind in 5th place and Keanna MacInnes (Heart of Midlothian) who was 7th overall less than 25 seconds behind.  Hill and Mulvany also took gold and bronze in the woman’s 16-17 year category.  The men’s event saw Marshall Illingworth (South Ayrshire) win the 14-15 year boys category while completing the course in overall 6th place. Illingworth also won the bronze medal for this category in the 5 km event.

The 10 km event was contested by the two most experienced members of the Scottish squad and Scott Deans (City of Glasgow) started well and stayed with the leading pack until the half way stage before fading in the later stages to finish 8th overall.  Nevertheless took the bronze medal in the Men’s 16-17 category.  Mhairi High (REN 96) recorded her best performance to date at 10 km in finishing 7th in the woman’s event and taking the silver in the 18-19 year category.  This made it a double of silvers after also taking second place in that age category over 5 km.