Saturday, April 23, 2016

Mullen and Quin both secure Rio qualifying times on Day 1 of the British Para-Swimming International Meet

“Kris and Laurel have been fantastic....that swim was for them." Scott Quin

The British Para Swimming International Meet started today at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow where the countries best para swimmers compete at what is the only selection meet for the ParalympicsGB team.

Andrew Mullen (S5) of Ren 96 secured his first qualification time in the 100m freestyle posting a time of 1:16.13. He had swam a PB in the heats for a time of 1:16.06 and was happy with his day’s work. He said,

“I’m happy with that swim. I got the PB this morning and I pretty much matched it tonight, it sets the tone for the rest of the meet.

“Getting the first qualifying time out of the way I think takes the pressure off. The Main thing is not to become complacent. I had goals coming into the meet, they were set out at start at the season and that’s what I’m focused on. I want to quality for as many events as possible in Rio.

“Getting to Rio would mean everything. London was great, it was a home Games, but this time it’s more difficult to qualify so it will be a special team that goes and I want to make sure I’m part of it.”

Stephen Clegg (S12) from East Lothian Swim Team broke the British Record for the 100m freestyle having done so earlier in the day during the heats. Clegg posted 54.31 and won Bronze for the event. He said,

“That was a good surprise, I wasn’t expecting that. Over the last six weeks I’ve put in a lot of aerobic work, I was at Scottish Age Groups earlier in the month, trained every day and raced throughout so I have put in the work.”

Clegg returns to the pool tomorrow for his preferred backstroke discipline. He said,

“I’m feeling super good about tomorrow. Posting fast times in an event which isn’t one I’ve really focused on gives me confidence. I can’t wait.”

In a thrilling final race of the night Aaron Moores (Swansea Aquatics) and Scott Quin (Warrender Baths Club), both secured the Rio qualifying standard for SB14 in the 100m breaststroke, with Moores breaking the world record for a second time (he broke it during the heats) finishing in a time of 1:06.33. Quin pushed him all the way to the wall and finished with another PB of 1:06.97.

“Yes, I’m pretty happy with that. The time I went this morning was a PB, but to stand behind the blocks knowing there was a guy going faster and that I still had to get my time tonight, I felt a bit of pressure.

“However, I’ve hit the qualifying time and that’s what it’s about. I’ve got to wait until Thursday when the selections go out, but to know that I’ve hit the time and know I’m 99% on the plane, I just can’t put it into words.”

Pouring praise on his coaches at Warrender, Laurel Bailey and Kris Gilchrist, he continued,

“Kris and Laurel have been fantastic. They’ve been embedding into me to pace myself, have given me buzz words to focus on and everything they’ve said has paid off.  To have them both here tonight has been amazing. Kris has been making sure I’m relaxed, and that swim was for them.”


Other Scottish swimmers competing tonight were:

Beth Johnston (BEST) – S10 MC 100m Freestyle: 1:12.66 (540 points)

Cara Smyth (Incas) – S10 MC 100m Freestyle: 1:14.55 (500 points)

Hope Gordon (Stirling Swim) – S9 MC 100m Freestyle: 1:12.88 (589 points)

Rosie Bancroft (City of Oxford) – S10 MC 100m Freestyle: 1:05.49 (738 points)

Abby Kane (North Ayrshire) – S13 MC 100m Freestyle: 1:06.62 (685 points)

Jon Law (Helensburgh) – S13 MC 100m Freestyle: 1:01.19 (574 points)

Oliver Carter (Carnegie) – S10 MC 100m Freestyle: 1:00.87 (584 points)

Cara Smyth (Incas) – SB9 MC 100m Breaststroke: 1:41.59 (434 points)

Reagan Doig (Perth City) – SB14 MC 100m Breaststroke: 1:23.68 (703 points)


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 Para-Swimming International Meet is taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre from 23rd to 27th April.