Thursday, April 14, 2016

Duncan Scott Crowned British Champion in Thrilling Final

“This result doesn’t change anything. Every day is day 1 as they say and I’m now focusing on the 200m IM on Saturday and 200m free on Sunday." Duncan Scott

Day 3 of the British Swimming Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre produced some thrilling finals, not least of all the 100m freestyle, where Duncan Scott touched home first to take his maiden British title.

Scott (University of Stirling) stayed on the shoulder of pre-race favourite, Ben Proud, until the final 20m. Both athletes powered to the wall but it was Scott who had the better finish posting a winning time of 48.66 for his first British Senior Title and new Scottish Record. Proud (Plymouth Leander) was 2nd in 48.72 with Adam Barrett of Loughborough taking bronze in 49.02.

After the race a very happy Scott said,

“I’m absolutely delighted with that. This is my first full year at Stirling and that’s beginning to show. It’s a great place to train. I’ve been with my coach, Steve Tigg, for a long time now and I get to train alongside the likes of Robbie (Renwick) which is awesome.

“I still think GB has a bit to go in the 100m free and I think people like Calum (Jarvis) and Ben (Proud) can really help push things on.”

Speaking about the rest of the meet Scott continued,

“This result doesn’t change anything. Every day is day 1 as they say and I’m now focusing on the 200m IM on Saturday and 200m free on Sunday. Unless you do the qualification time you can’t assume you are on the team. I didn’t do the time tonight so I’ll be working hard in my other events.”

Edinburgh University athletes Kieran McGuckin and Richard Schafers finished 6th and 8th respectively (49.90/50.13).

Dan Wallace (Warrender Baths Club) was looking to kick start his birthday celebrations with a good race in the 400m IM. He started off well with a solid fly leg but started to lose ground in the backstroke, falling back to 3rd place at the half way mark. He couldn’t improve on this position finishing with the bronze in a time of 4:18.11, well off his best. After the race he spoke of his disappointment,

“No, that’s not what I wanted, I came here to post a fast enough time to get me to Rio and I didn’t do that. But I’ve still got a couple of days racing so I’ll have to focus on that now.”

Asked about his pace in his heat, Wallace continued,

“Obviously I’m a finals guy, I always show up at night. This morning was OK I wasn’t too worried, although I wasn’t feeling as sharp as I had hoped but I had to deal with that, move on and I gave it everything I could tonight.

“I like the shorter distances and I’ve still got the 200m IM and 200m free to come. Over the last few years I’ve shown that I’m capable of making the team and I just need to prove that again this week.”

Lewis Smith (University of Stirling) finished the final in 4th in 4:18.57 while Callum Lawrie of FIRST finished his first ever British senior final in 7th with a time of 4:27.63.

The winner of the 400m IM was Max Litchfield in a time of 4:12.05, which to the delight of the crowd was inside the Rio qualification standard.

Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow Swim Team) was amongst a quality field in the 800m final finishing 2nd in 8:30.99. Keri-anne Payne (Warrender Baths Club) was 3rd in 8:34.03 while Danielle Huskisson of University of Stirling finished 5th in 8:41.01.

Other Scottish swimmers/swimmers with Scottish Clubs competing tonight were:

Jordan Hughes (University of Stirling) 100m freestyle (Target Tokyo final): 57.18 (7th)

Craig McLean (University of Stirling) 100m freestyle (Target Tokyo final): 50.79 (2nd)

Martyn Walton (University of Stirling) 100m freestyle (Target Tokyo final): 51.08 (6th)

David Cumberlidge (Edinburgh University) 100m freestyle (Target Tokyo final): 50.95 (5th)

Nikki Miller (East Kilbride) 200m butterfly (Junior final): 2:16.27 (5th)

Eve White (Dumfries) 200m butterfly (Junior final): 2:19.74 (8th)

Meg Finnon (East Kilbride) 200m butterfly (Target Tokyo final):2:14.22 (5th)

Tain Bruce (Edinburgh University) 200m butterfly (Target Tokyo final): 2:18.29 (8th)

Anna Fleming (City of Glasgow Swim Team) (Target Tokyo final): 26.19 (5th)

Lucy Hope (Edinburgh University) 50m Freestyle (Target Tokyo final): 25.83 (1st)

Rachel Masson (South Aberdeenshire) 50m Freestyle (Open final): 25.58 (3rd)


Full results from the meet can be found here:

The event schedule can be found here:

Both heats and finals are being live streamed. Follow all the action here:

The British Swimming Championships are taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre from 12 to 17 April 2016.