Friday, December 09, 2016

Records Fall on Opening Day of National Short Course Swimming Championships

It was an action packed opening day of the Scottish National Short Course Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh with a number of record breaking performances from both senior and junior athletes.

Corrie Scott stormed to victory in the 100m breaststroke final, bringing home an Edinburgh University 1-2-3. Scott’s time of 1:06.06 was a new Scottish Record and no-one was more surprised that Scott herself. She said,

“I’m totally over the moon. I’ve been chasing the Scottish long course record for a while but have not managed to get it, yet. I never thought I’d get the short course record first and I’m very excited.

“Short course for me has always been really difficult; I’ve never been the best at my skills, my turns, my starts so this year I’m been focusing a lot on that and it seems to be paying off.”

When asked if anything has changed in her training, she continued,

“I’m just working really hard in the pool.  I’ve also started a job this year so my lifestyle has completely changed, which for me has been great as it means that for some of the time I am not focussing on swimming and mentally that’s been really good for me.

Team-mates Hayley Monteith and Kara Hanlon won silver and bronze in 1:07.92 and 1:08.60 respectively.

With only five days before they head to Canada for the Ontario Junior International Meet, Cassie Wild and Keanna MacInnes showed some great form, both breaking National Junior Records in the 50m backstroke and 200m butterfly respectively.

Wild (Ellesmere) broke the Scottish Junior Record in the heats posting a time of 27.74. In the final Lucy Hope (Edinburgh University) proved too strong winning gold in 27.24 ahead of Wild who won silver in 27.85. Raquel Matos won bronze in 27.87.

MacInnes produced an outstanding race in the 200m butterfly final, not only winning gold but breaking the British Junior Record with a time of 2:08.79. Tain Bruce (Edinburgh University) pushed her all the way but had to settle for silver in 2:09.05, while Nikki Miller of South Lanarkshire won bronze in 2:13.42.

Duncan Scott chose not to compete at the World Short Course Championships, currently on-going in Canada. Instead he opted to challenge for double individual titles each night of the Scottish National Short Course Championships. It paid off on day one with Scott winning the 100m butterfly and 400m freestyle titles. Scott’s time in the 100m butterfly was 51.36, just 0.01 secs off the record Mark Szaranek posted in Canada at the World Short Course on Wednesday.

Other records broken today included Danii Joyce (Deaf World Record) in 50m backstroke (29.37) and 100m freestyle (56.10). The quartet of Anna Newlands, Corrie Scott, Raquel Matos and Lucy Hope (Edinburgh University) broke the Scottish National Team Record in the 4x50m medley (1:50.11), while Lexie Waller, Ellie Reilly, Keanna MacInnes and Katie Taylor (Hearts) broke the Scottish National Junior Team Record in the same event, coming home in 1:56.73.

And finally Martyn Walton, Craig Benson, Duncan Scott and Calum Bain (University of Stirling) broke the National Club Record in the 4x50m medley (1:36.34).

The Scottish National Short Course Swimming Championships are being held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh from 9-11 December.

Watch all race highlights on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/scottishswimming

All evening finals are streamed live on www.scottishswimming.com/live.

All results from the heats and the finals can be found at http://swimscotland.co.uk/meets16/snsc16/index.htm

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