Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hattersley, Miley and Milne on form on opening day of National Swimming Championship

"To post another sub-2 minute time is pleasing and is giving me confidence that things are coming together at the right time." Camilla Hattersley

Only 37 days out from the start of the swimming competition in Rio the Scottish National Open Swimming Championships gave athletes the perfect opportunity to fine tune their preparations ahead of the biggest sporting event in the world.

Many TeamGB and ParalympicsGB athletes are among the 820+ swimmers who have come to Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow for the four day meet and despite the hard core training which is on-going for many; there were a number of fine performances.

Camilla Hattersley timed her charge to perfection to take the 200m freestyle title. A superb final 50m saw the City of Glasgow Swim Team athlete overtake Cecille Johannesson of Bergen for the touch, posting a time of 1:59.90. Johannesson had to settle for silver in 2:00.75 while Hannah Miley (Garioch) made the first of two trips to the podium with bronze in 2:00.85.

After the race Hattersley said,

“I’m in the middle of a hard training block right now so to post another sub-2 minute time is pleasing and is giving me confidence that things are coming together at the right time.

“Rio is so close now and I’m so excited about it. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do there.”

Hannah Miley, as ever, has a busy schedule and was soon back in action for the 400m IM.  In a class of her own, Miley came home in 4:40.13 over 10 seconds ahead of team-mate Orla Adams who secured silver in 4:50.86. Amber Keegan of Sheffield won bronze in 4:54.66.

After the race Miley commented,

“I would have liked to have dipped under 4:40, but I’ll have a look at the stats and analysis and see where I can make the improvement.”

Asked whether it’s difficult to race out on her own all the time Miley continued,

“I can’t use that as an excuse. I’ve been doing this for such a long time I just have to get on with it. It’s my last competition before Rio and in around five weeks I will be racing the best swimmers in the world.”

The Men’s 100m freestyle final had a real international feel to it with Geoffrey Cheah of Scaa-ZZ winning gold in 49.85. Emmanuel Vanluchene and Jasper Aerents of Vlaamse won silver and bronze in 50.12 and 50.21 respectively.

Stephen Milne of Perth City and Lander Hendrickx of Vlaamse put in a good battle in the 1500m final, with Milne coming out on top in 15:18.61. Hendrickx won silver in 15:19.60 and Chris Lowther of City of Glasgow Swim Team won bronze in 16:02.99.

Earlier in the session Bethany Firth of Ards broke the World Record in the 200m freestyle for S14. Having posted a new British Record in the heats of 2:03.63, she powered her way through the final coming home in 2:02.09.

The quartet of Lucy Hope, Emily Jones, Samantha Caulfield and Hayley Monteith from Edinburgh University broke the Scottish National Club Record in the 4x200m freestyle relay, posting a time of 8:16.50.

The full results service from the meet can be found at http://swimscotland.co.uk/meets16/natsopen/index.htm

 Photos from Day 1 of the event can be found on our Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottishswimming/albums/72157667652770764

The finals are being streamed live on www.scottishswimming.com/live and full session replays available on https://www.youtube.com/user/ScottishSwimming

Session times for the event are as follows:

Thursday 30 June– Sunday 3 July

Morning Heats: From 08:45         

Afternoon Heats: From 13:15      

Evening Finals: From 17:30       

The event can also be followed on social media by using #SNSC16 as hashtag, as well as on Scottish Swimming’s website, www.scottishswimming.com

The Scottish National Swimming Championships are taking place from 30 June to 3 July at Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

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