Friday, July 1, 2016

British Record for O’Connor on Day 2 of Scottish National Championships

" My breaststroke has come on a lot and I’ve done a lot of work on technique and that really shows." Siobhan-Marie O'Connor

The Scottish National Open Swimming Championships continued today at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow, where TeamGB athlete, Siobhan-Marie O'Connor, broke the 100m breaststroke British Record, a record which was set at the same pool by Sophie Taylor during the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

O’Connor had already won the 200m IM earlier in the night, but flew from the blocks and powered up the pool. The Bath University athlete turned first in 31.39, just ahead of Edinburgh University’s Corrie Scott and Chloe Tutton from City of Cardiff.

O’Connor dominated the back 50m touching home in 1:06.34, a new British Record. Somewhat surprised, she said,

“I am over the moon with that. I’m in a really good block of training, probably the most consistent block of training I’ve had for a really long time. I’m tired and really surprised by that.

“I’ve worked really hard and I thought this week I’d be a bit flat, a bit sluggish but I felt really good there. My breaststroke has come on a lot and I’ve done a lot of work on technique and that really shows. I’m surprised and really happy and with this my last competition before Rio it’s a good place to be.”

Fellow TeamGB athlete Chloe Tutton won silver in 1:07.76 while Scott took bronze in 1:08.68.

Ross Murdoch took the honours in the 200m breaststroke final head of Sebas van Lith of Royal Dutch and University of Stirling team-mate Craig Benson.

Murdoch who will be swimming the 100m breaststroke in Rio, used his speed in the first half of the race to establish a lead, albeit a small one. Pushed hard by van Lith Murdoch took control at the 150m mark and touched home in 2:11.32. van Lith won silver in 2:12.04 with Benson securing bronze in 2:13.96.

After the race Murdoch and Benson spoke; Murdoch said,

“Me and Craig both have different strengths and we complement each other really well. Craig’s better at some things, I’m better at other things so we can work off each other and use that to our advantage.”

Benson added,

“We’re now down to around 36 days to the start of Rio and its tough racing. We’re obviously putting in lots of hard work. For both of us it’s our last event before the Games so this is the last practice in the four year cycle.”

Earlier in the day Stephen Clegg (East Lothian Swim Team) broke the British Record (S12) in the 400m freestyle in a time of 4:17.95. His fellow ParalympicsGB team-mate, Abby Kane (Ren 96) broke the Scottish 200m IM Record (SM13) in 2:42.11 (she broke it first in the heats-2:44.12). Laura Pilkington (Swim West Lothian) broke the Scottish Record in the same event for SM6 classification coming home in 4:43.22. Kane also broke the Scottish Record in the 50m freestyle (S13) with a time of 30.76.

The quartet of Robbie Renwick, Duncan Scott, Martyn Walton and Jordan Hughes from University of Stirling provided a great finale, breaking the British Club Record for the 4x200m freestyle, touching home in 7:21.16.

The full results service from the meet can be found at

Photos from Day 2 of the event can be found on our Flickr page:

The finals are being streamed live on and full session replays available on

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,

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