Sunday, December 13, 2015

Curtain Falls on Record Breaking Short Course Championships

" It’s good to be getting PBs moving into next year, that where I want to be, it’s exciting." Robbie Renwick

The Scottish National Short Course Swimming Championships came to an end today at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh where another two Scottish Senior Records fell, through the efforts of Robbie Renwick and Camilla Hattersley

Renwick came into the 200m freestyle final only fifth fastest behind a number of his University of Stirling team-mates and Stephen Milne (Perth) who was going for a hat-trick of titles, having already secured the 1500m and 400m events earlier in the meet.

It was Milne who made the early move leading at 50m but Renwick was not far behind. Indeed by the 100m mark, Renwick had taken the advantage. Despite Milne’s best efforts Renwick touched home first taking the title in 1:43.58, a new Scottish Record, which had been held by Andy Hunter since 2009. After the race Robbie commented,

“I’m really chuffed with that. I’m more happy with the fact that I moved it on from this time last year, that’s a good benchmark to see where I am. It’s good to be getting PBs moving into next year, that where I want to be, it’s exciting.

“Taking the record from Andy (Hunter) is great. He’s a good friend of mine. I know that getting the record meant a lot to him and it means a lot to me, although I don’t think it’s going to take another six years before its broken again.”

Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow Swim Team) rounded off an excellent meet with her third win of the meet, taking gold in the 200m freestyle, and in doing so setting a new Scottish Record of 1:56.52.

A clearly delighted Hattersley said after the race,

“I am absolutely buzzing about that race, it is better than I could ever have expected. I’ve been training really well and I knew I could go fast, I just didn’t believe that I could go that fast and break the record.

“I’m really enjoying training with Ian (Wright). It’s been good having a change and it seems to be working well for me. Going into next year and the Trials, I’m not going to put any expectations on myself, I will just wait and see what happens.”

Edinburgh University’s Lucy Hope and Emily Jones finished with silver and bronze respectively (1:57.84 and 1:59.87).

Other races of note included a University of Stirling 1-2-3 in the Men’s 400m IM. Cameron Brodie took the race out, as expected, with an impressive butterfly leg and maintained his lead throughout the backstroke. It was during the breaststroke, however where Duncan Scott and Lewis Smith should their form, timing the charge to perfection with Smith taking team honours with a time of4:07.64. Scott won silver in 4:08.04, while Brodie secured bronze in 4:09.26.

 After the race Smith said,

“Usually my body gives up over the last 100m but with those boys going out so fast, especially Cameron who doesn’t do this event that much, I knew if I was in touching distance after the breaststroke I could probably take him.

“This is my event so I probably know how to pace it a bit better, so I just drew on my experience and it turned out pretty well for me. I’m now one of the older guys in the squad and it’s good to have the young guns keeping me on my toes."

Other records broken tonight included Duncan Scott (University of Stirling) in the lead off leg of the 4x100m freestyle (47.37) while team-mate Danii Joyce broke another Deaf World Record, this time in the 100m backstroke (1:02.65). The quartet of Lucy Hope, Hayley Monteith, Emily Jones and Raquel Matos from Edinburgh University broke the National Relay record for the 4x100m freestyle (3:41.90)

The University of Stirling won the Top Club Trophy with Duncan Scott winning the Paisley 500 Awards for overall top performer of the meet. Ross Murdoch also took the top male performance for his 200m breaststroke final. Tom female performance went to Camilla Hattersley for her 400m freestyle, while the junior awards went to Luke Robbins of Millfield (400m Freestyle) and Chanel Sneddon of FIRST (200m IM)

Speaking at the end, National Coach Alan Lynn summed up the event. He said,

“I’m very pleased with the execution of race strategies by the leading swimmers and I’m encouraged by some of our younger swimmers challenging more established names.

“This has been another exciting and very competitive meet to round off the first training phase of this Olympic season.”

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The Scottish National Short Course Championships were held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh from 11-13 December 2015.