Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Dawson in Record Breaking Form in London

"It’s great to finally have broken the minute barrier, that was my aim coming into this meet and I've done it." Kathleen Dawson

Selected to the GBR team for the LEN European Aquatics Championships in London as part of a Target Tokyo group of swimmers, Kathleen Dawson has repaid her selection by breaking the Scottish Record in both the 100m and 200m backstroke.

She improved her own 200m backstroke on Monday with a 2:11.81 and broke her own Scottish Record in the 100m backstroke in her heat and semi-final, touching home in 59.83. The Warrington Warrior who will be moving to University of Stirling in the autumn was delighted with her effort and said,

“I can’t quite believe that, I have no words! It’s great to finally have broken the minute barrier, that was my aim coming into this meet and I’ve done it.

“I’m training hard in every session of every day and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s final and seeing what I can do. I can’t wait.”

Hannah Miley and Ross Murdoch will also be contesting finals tomorrow night following strong races in their respective IM and breaststroke semi-finals.

Miley (Garioch) won her 200m IM semi-final in a time of 2:12.39, which puts her 3rd fastest into tomorrow’s final behind fellow Brit Siobhan-Marie O’Connor  and World Record holder Katinka Hosszu of Hungary. After the race Miley said,

“That was pretty good for me. Before the season it was a bit ropey and I was posting 2:14s so to be hitting times like 2:12 now is pretty good.

“My fly leg is going well at the moment and I know I’m strong on breaststroke, but things like that can change depending on the day so I’m looking for consistency. Overall, that was a good race for me and I look forward to the final.”

Murdoch (University of Stirling) timed his race to perfection and powered to victory in his 200m breaststroke semi-final and his time of 2:09.72 sees him fastest into tomorrow’s final, just ahead of World Champion Marco Koch of Germany. His team-mate, Craig Benson, finished in 2:11.93, 4th in the semi-final but 9th overall.

Murdoch said of his race,

“It is a little bittersweet, I’ve had a few demons on my back from a few weeks ago but that’s over with and I had a really good time tonight.

“I’ve a final to look forward to tomorrow and then I’ll be back in the training pool and preparing for Rio.”

Dan Wallace (Warrender Baths Club/Florida) was also in action tonight, finishing 8th in the final of the 200m IM with a time of 2:00.92.

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