Sunday, December 11, 2016

Scott and McNally continue record breaking run on final day of Short Course Championships

The curtain came down on the Scottish National Short Course Swimming Championships and those waiting for a great finale were not disappointed as Duncan Scott and Craig McNally both broke Scottish Records in front of a packed crowd.

Scott opted out of competing in two events on the final day, instead focussing solely on the 200m freestyle, where he destroyed the field and came home in 1:42.47 breaking Robbie Renwick’s record, which had stood since 2009.

University of Stirling team-mates Martyn Walton and Craig McLean won silver and bronze respectively, 1:46.48 and 1:47.78. After the race Scott commented,

“The feel of the race was good, it went well. It’s been a tough couple of days, with two hard doubles, so I am happy with that.

“Pulling out of the 400m IM gave me an opportunity to focus solely on the 200m free. I’ve never had a good chance of a straight 200m free on its own in a session.”

Craig McNally has recently moved to the City of Glasgow Swim Team and secured his hat-trick of backstroke titles, finishing with a Scottish Record in the 100m distance, touching home in 54.28. He said,

“The win and the record were definitely in the plan, so I’m happy with how it all went. My move to Glasgow has been very positive and I’m definitely enjoying things.”

The Top Club Competition went right down to the wire with Edinburgh University just pipping University of Stirling to take the title, 1171 points to 1143.50. City of Glasgow Swim Team were 3rd.

Ally Whike, Performance Director of Scottish Swimming, said of the meet,

“It’s been an impressive three days of racing and when you couple it alongside the Scots in Windsor, Canada, it’s been a solid end to 2016.

“The RCP provided an excellent backdrop and atmosphere that gave a fantastic opportunity for some of the younger swimmers to challenge established senior athletes. This has resulted in some of the excellent performances produced.

This is now the start of a new Olympic cycle and leading into the 2nd half of the season where qualification for a range of meets including the World Championships and Commonwealth Games will be the focus.

“It’s good to see some positive progress being made and this is reflective of the hard work  that coaches and clubs are putting in across the country.”

Other records tonight included the quartet of Duncan Scott, Martyn Walton, Craig McLean and Calum Bain (University of Stirling) who broke the Scottish Club Record in the 4x100m freestyle (3:12.10). In the lean off leg Scott broke the Scottish Record for 100m free posting a time of 46.80.

Edinburgh University’s Lucy Hope, Anna Newlands, Emily Jones and Kathryn Greenslade also broke the Scottish Club Record in their 4x100m freestyle bringing the title home in 3:39.06.

Kirsty Simpson (University of Aberdeen Performance), Keanna MacInnes (Hearts), Jack McMillan (BAN), Duncan Scott (Unviersity of Stirling) and Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow) all received trophies for individual performances)

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

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