Sunday, July 03, 2016

Edinburgh University crowned Top Club at conclusion of National Championships

“It was very pleasing to see so many international swimmers at Tollcross this weekend. They added quality and depth to the Meet, providing keen competition and camaraderie to the home-based field."

The Scottish National Open Swimming Championships concluded today with Edinburgh University being crowned Top Club and Camilla Hattersley smashing her own Scottish Record in the 1500m freestyle.

Hattersley from City of Glasgow Swim Team rounded off an excellent meet with a superb swim in the 1500m freestyle, resulting in a new Scottish Record.

Having already secured the 200m, 400m and 800m titles over the course of the event Hattersley dominated the race and powered to victory in 16:16.72, almost 9 seconds faster than the previous record, which Hattersley herself held.

Danielle Huskisson (University of Stirling) won silver in 16:25.19 and Meg Finnon from South Lanarkshire Swimming won bronze in 16:55.28.

After the race Hattersley said,

“I am over the moon with that. It was a lot better than I expected. I haven't swum that event in over a year so I am really happy.

“This meet was the final competition before Rio. It was the last chance to get any race practice and I think I have swum really well this whole meet and it has given me a lot of confidence going in to the Games that I can swim even better."

Edinburgh University defended their top club title amassing a points total of 860, while University of Stirling athlete, Ross Murdoch, took the Berger Paints Trophy for best overall performance for his 200m breaststroke.

Another British Club Record fell to the University of Stirling in the 4x100m medley relay. Charlie Boldison, Jamie Graham, Cameron Brodie and Martyn Walton stormed to victory in 3:42.03.

Earlier in the evening Jon Law from Helensburgh broke another Scottish Record, this time in the 100m butterfly (S13), coming home in 1:07.52. Abby Kane of Ren96 broke the Scottish Record in the 100m freestyle (S13), posting 1:05.98.

National Coach, Alan Lynn summed up the event. He said,

“This years’ National Championships had added significance for our Olympic swimmers as it served as their final competitive tune-up before Rio. There were some very strong performances across the four days and we send them off to South America with our very best wishes for a successful Games. The finest swimming talent from across the globe awaits them in Brazil and they have a couple of weeks of training at home before setting off to complete their preparations with the rest of the British team. Eight Scots on Team GB marks a fantastic achievement, but the real measure of success will be how well they perform on the Olympic stage.

“It was very pleasing to see so many international swimmers at Tollcross this weekend. They added quality and depth to the Meet, providing keen competition and camaraderie to the home-based field. The fact that several overseas competitors saw Scotland as a destination to try and achieve Olympic qualifying standards shows how much they value our facilities and Meet presentation.

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

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

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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