Saturday, December 12, 2015

Renwick and Scott add to the Records in Edinburgh

"I need to make sure I do everything I can to get on the team for Rio as I think we really have a genuine chance of doing well there.” Robbie Renwick

Robbie Renwick and Duncan Scott were among several swimmers breaking records on Day 2 of the Scottish National Short Course Swimming Championships taking place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

Renwick (University of Stirling) lined up for the final of the 100m freestyle alongside the in-form Jasper Aerents and Emmanuel Vanluchene of Belgium who had recently competed at the European Short Course Championships in Israel. Indeed it was Aerents who went out fast over the first 50m with Renwick turning at the half way mark back in fourth.

Cheered on by the large and appreciative crowd Renwick pushed on hard, and while he finished in 3rd, his time of 47.65 was a new Scottish Record. Aerents held on for the open title in 47.37 with team-mate Emmanuel Vanluchene taking silver in 47.50.

Following the race, Renwick was pleased and said,

“I’m really happy with that time, it felt good. Having the guys over from Belgium again helps make each race so competitive which only spurs us on to go that bit faster.

“Training is going so well and I’m looking forward to heading to Australia in the New Year for the camp. It will be good to get some sun and a good block of work in before the Trials.”

Speaking about his form over the last few months Renwick continued,

“It’s been a good year. Winning Gold in Kazan was really special and I need to make sure I do everything I can to get on the team for Rio as I think we really have a genuine chance of doing well there.”

Team-mate Duncan Scott enjoyed a busy day with record breaking success during the 200m IM where he finished 2nd behind Vanluchene of Vlaamse, Belgium. While Vanluchene led from the off, Scott played the waiting game waiting on the shoulder of team-mate Cameron Brodie until the freestyle leg.  Scott then upped his pace, overtaking Brodie and winning silver in a new Scottish Record time of 1:55.92.

Vanluchene won in 1:55.17, a new Belgian record while Cameron Brodie finished with the bronze medal in 1:56.17, a time which was also under the previous Scottish Record of 1:56.32 held by Dan Wallace.

Speaking after the race Scott commented,

“While the race didn’t exactly go to plan for me I’m obviously delighted to have broken the record. I was a bit too far behind for the freestyle leg but that’s something I will work on.”

“I missed these meet last year as I was lucky enough to go to Japan on a training squad, so I’m using this year as an opportunity to get as many events under my belt as I can. I train for this, I train for the IM so me doing the butterfly, backstroke, freestyle events is something me and my coach (Steve Tigg) know I can cope with.”

(Since this final Dan Wallace looks to have taken back the Scottish Record at Duel in the Pool. This will be confirmed in due course).

Stephen Milne (Perth) continued his excellent form in the 1500m freestyle breaking the longest standing men’s record and in doing so taking the title in 14.36.55. The record was previously set back in 2001 by Graeme Smith (14:37.28).

Ross Murdoch broke the 100m breaststroke record posting a winning time of 57.59, while in the same event, Jack McComish (City of Glasgow Swim Team) broke the Deaf European Record with a time of 1:03.65. Danii Joyce improved on the World Record she set in the heats of the 50m freestyle, posting a new Deaf World Record of 26.07.

The Edinburgh University quartet of Lucy Hope, Samantha Caulfield, Hayley Monteith and Raquel Matos) broke the Scottish Club Record on their way to gold in the 200m freestyle relay, posting a time of 1:41.94.

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