Saturday, July 2, 2016

Murdoch Secures Breaststroke Hat-trick on penultimate day of Championships

"It’s hard in training, we work really hard but the times I’ve posted are some of the fastest I’ve ever done in season so I’m absolutely delighted.” Ross Murdoch

The penultimate day of the Scottish National Open Swimming Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow saw both Ross Murdoch and Camilla Hattersley secure gold medal hat-tricks in their respective events.

Murdoch, swimming the 100m breaststroke, the event he will compete in at the Olympics Games in Rio was pushed hard up the first 50m by University of Stirling team-mate, Craig Benson, with Benson leading at the turn. Murdoch however used his speed to come back strong, touching home in 1:00.49. Arno Kamminga from Royal Dutch won silver in 1:01.24 while Benson took the bronze in 1:01.74.

After the race Murdoch said,

“That’s the hat-trick on both the short course and long course, I’ve got them all tied up now; it’s the first time I’ve ever done that!

“I’ve come here in full training, not expecting too much. I’m just trying to use the process again and sharpen up for Rio; in saying that I’ve had a great three races.

“In season racing is getting tough for me. It’s hard in training, we work really hard but the times I’ve posted are some of the fastest I’ve ever done in season so I’m absolutely delighted.”

Camilla Hattersley from City of Glasgow Swim Team has also been in dominant form in the freestyle, winning gold in the 200m, 800m and tonight, the 400m final.  The Glasgow University student looked confident and was out in front from the off.

Extending her lead with each turn Hattersley finished in 4:11.46 and looked happy with her race, she said,

“This is my final opportunity to race before Rio so I want to make the most of it, do the best I can and do well in every single race as we are only a few weeks away from the Games.

“I can do some fine tuning here and focus on the small details, the small things that add up to make a difference and can help drop my time.”

Fellow TeamGB athlete, Georgia Coates from City of Leeds won silver in 4:15.71 and Abbie Houston (City of Sheffield) picked up bronze in 4:16.86.

More records also fell this evening with Anna Fleming from City of Glasgow Swim Team brreaking the Scottish Junior Record for 50m butterfly in the final with a time of 27.60.

Jon Law of Helensburgh broke the Scottish Record in the 100m breaststroke (SB13) posting a time of 1:22.24, an improvement on the record he’d set earlier on in the day in the heats (1:22.49).

The quartet of Emily Jones, Hayley Monteith, Tain Bruce and Lucy Hope from Edinburgh University set a new Scottish Club Record in the 4x100m freestyle coming home in 3:47.33.

And the University of Stirling 4x100m freestyle team (Duncan Scott, Martyn Walton, Robbie Renwick and Jordan Hughes) provided another great finale, breaking the British Club Record in 3:19.15.

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.