Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Scottish Record for Dawson at British Championships

“It’s good to see the effort I’ve put into training is paying off." Kathleen Dawson

Swimming action continued today at Tollcross International Swimming Centre and while there were no athletes dipping below the qualification standard for Rio, there was still cause for celebration as Kathleen Dawson broke her own Scottish Record in the 100m backstroke.

Dawson (Warrington Warriors) swam her heat confidently touching home in 2nd place behind Lizzie Simmonds and securing a place in the final. Her time of 1:00.70 breaking her previous record of 1:00.91 she set in the same venue during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow back in 2014.

She couldn’t match the pace of the heat in her final and she finished 5th in 1:01.12. Speaking after the final she said,

“I’m happy with swim this morning but slightly disappointed with my swim tonight. My plans for the meet were to swim fast but I didn’t think I’d get a PB this morning, hoping for it tonight, it just happened the other way round.

“It’s good to see the effort I’ve put into training is paying off and I’m looking to go fast and PB in the 200m backstroke later in the week. I’m also in the 200m IM.

Dawson has just finished her A-Levels and will be joining the University of Stirling in September this year. The final itself was won by Georgia Davies (NTC Loughborough) in 59.64. Lizzie Simmonds (Bath) won silver in 1:00.20 and Jessica Fullalove (Manchester) picked up bronze in 1:00.65.  Kirsty Simpson from City of Aberdeen Swim Team was 8th in 1:02.06.

Ryan Brown (City of Glasgow Swim Tea) won his Target Tokyo 200m butterfly final, posting a time of 2:00.73, not just a massive PB but also within the qualification standard for the European Junior Championships being held in Hungary in July.

A delighted Brown said after the race,

“I’m pretty happy with that. All the hard work is paying off and I’ll now hopefully start making teams.

“Moving to Glasgow has made a massive difference. I’m training with a full squad and working with Ian Wright is really good, he has so much experience and I’m constantly learning. I’ll enjoy this moment for a couple of days then it’s back to the hard work.”

The Open final for 200m butterfly was a close fought affair with four athletes in a row coming up the final 50m. It was Adam Mallett of Swansea who put in the final flourish touching hoe in 1:58.02. Mark Szaranek (Edinburgh University) was 2nd in 1:58.20 with Jay Lelliott of Bath finishing in 3rd in 1:58.32. Cameron Brodie from University of Stirling was 4th in 1:58.98.

After the race Szaranek, who trains out in the US with Florida Gators said,

“I’m very pleased with that time, that’s a big drop for me. I expected to go fast and do my best time, but that’s a 2.5 second drop for the event which is huge.”

Speaking about his training in the US leading up to the event, Szaranek continued,

“We prepared for this very well. We’ve done a lot of Long Course meets instead of the normal Yards and it has certainly paid off, I’m happy and looking forward to the rest of the meet.”

Cameron Brodie wasn’t so upbeat on his performance and said,

“I’m very disappointed. It’s not a good reflection of where I’m at. I tried my best, it just didn’t work out.” 

Earlier in the meet Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow Swim Team) and Danielle Huskisson (University of Stirling) secured places in the final of the 800m freestyle, which will take place tomorrow (Thursday) evening.

Other Scottish swimmers competing tonight were:

Cassie Wild (Ellesmere) 100m backstroke (Junior final): 1:03.41 (2nd)

Isabel Jones (Millfield) 100m backstroke (Junior final)): 1:04.06 (6th)

Marc Elrick (FIRST) 200m butterfly (Junior final): 2:06.36 (6th)

Callum Lawrie (FIRST) 200m butterfly (Target Tokyo final): 2:03.56 (4th)

Tom Beeley (Aberdeen) 200m butterfly (Target Tokyo final): 2:04.98 (7th)

Erin Robertson (South Ayrshire) 200m breaststroke (Junior final): 2:36.22 (7th)

Kara Hanlon (Edinburgh University) 200m breaststroke (Target Tokyo final): 2:31.18 (3rd)

Hannah Miley (Garioch) 200m breaststroke (Open final): 2:28.38 (5th)

Olivia White (Edinburgh University) 200m breaststroke (Open final): 2:30.46 (8th)

Craig McLean (University of Stirling) 100m backstroke (Target Tokyo final): 56.12 (4th)

Charlie Boldison (University of Stirling) 100m backstroke (Open final): 55.24 (5th)

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.