Sunday, April 17, 2016

Trio of Scots in Mix for Freestyle Relay Selection

"GB swimmers have set the bar high and we are only going to get better and challenge for medals.” Robbie Renwick

The curtain closed on the British Swimming Championship this evening with Stephen Milne, Robbie Renwick and Duncan Scott bringing the house down in the 200m freestyle final where they all finished in the top four, effectively securing their nomination to Rio for the 4x200m freestyle.

The final itself was dominated by James Guy from Millfield. He took the race out from the off and was the clear winner, coming home in 1:45.19, just outside his own British Record but within the Rio qualification standard for the event.

At the half way mark Duncan Scott (University of Stirling) led the Scottish charge turning in 2nd place but superb finishes from Milne (Perth City) and Renwick (University of Stirling) had the crowd on their feet and it was Milne who touched home in 1:47.15, just ahead of Renwick who won bronze in 1:47.23. Scott had to settle for 4th in 1:47.31. Dan Wallace (Warrender Baths Club) who has struggled with form all week finished 7th in 1:48.50.

After the race Milne said,

“It’s been a good week. That’s the fastest I’ve been in a long shot, I really didn’t expect that. I really enjoy the big competitions and this is no exception, the atmosphere has been great and I’ve really enjoyed myself.”

Speaking about the possibility of being part of the 4x200m freestyle in Rio, Milne said,

“It would mean the world to me to represent my Country with the greatest bunch of guys around, but I will just have to wait and see.”

Robbie Renwick was also delighted at the prospect of a 3rd Olympic Games, he said,

“If I had got the individual time that would have been great, but for me it was all about the relay spot. I’m at a stage in my swimming career where it’s all about medal potential. I’ve made the Olympic final twice as an individual swimmer but nobody remembers who came 6th; there’s a great opportunity for a medal in the relay.  The other three guys are the best in GB right now and I’m confident we’ll step it up come the summer.”

Talking about medal potential Renwick continued,

“The Kazan World Championships were phenomenal. Not only were British athletes winning medals but they were gold medals. When I first made it onto a team over ten years ago it was a huge deal just making an individual final but now we have really turned it up, set the bar high and we are only going to get better and challenge for medals.”

Corrie Scott and Kathryn Johnstone (both Edinburgh University) were disappointed in their 100m breaststroke final with Scott finishing 5th in 1:08.70 and Johnstone 6th in 1:09.41.

Craig McNally (Warrender Baths Club) despite posting a much improved time for the season, also left disappointed with a 3rd place finish in the 200m backstroke final with a time of 1:58.63.

The swimming team selected to represent GB in Rio will be announced on Thursday 21st April at 11am.

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

Katie Robertson (South Ayrshire Swim Team) 100m breaststroke (Junior final): 1:10.97 (3rd)

Erin Robertson (South Ayrshire Swim Team) 100m breaststroke (Junior final): 1:12.28 (8th)

Kara Hanlon (Edinburgh University) 100m breaststroke (Target Tokyo final): 1:10.65 (4th)

Finlay Deans (COAST) 200m backstroke (Junior final): 2:08.03 (7th)

Martyn Walton (University of Stirling) 200m backstroke (Target Tokyo final): 2:03.18 (4th)

Alistair Campbell (University of Stirling) 200m backstroke (Target Tokyo final): 2:04.21 (6th)

Tara Haworth (Lincoln Vulcans) 100m butterfly (Junior final): 1:02.77 (5th)

Tain Bruce (Edinburgh University) 100m butterfly (Target Tokyo final): 1:01.04 (3rd)

Craig McLean (University of Stirling) 200m freestyle (Junior final): 1:51.81 (2nd)

Jordan Hughes (University of Stirling) 200m freestyle (Target Tokyo final): 1:52.58 (8th)


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.