Saturday, December 10, 2016

Scott continues record breaking ways at Short Course Championships

Duncan Scott elected not to go to the FINA World Championships (25m) in Canada, opting instead to double up on events each day of the Scottish National Short Course Championships. And while he may be beginning to find the going tough, his results have been far from showing any signs of strain.

Scott’s first race of the night was the 200m IM final where he improved on his heat time by over ten seconds and in doing so broke the Scottish Record posting a time of 1:53.82. He lead home a University of Stirling 1-2-3, with Martyn Walton picking up silver in 1:57.96 and Callum Lawrie the bronze in 2:00.48.

A few events later he was back in action in the 200m fly, where he was pushed all the way by University of Stirling team-mate Cameron Brodie. Scott came through in the end winning in 1:54.91, another new Scottish Record. Brodie was only just pipped to the title taking silver in 1:54.81 while Calum Reid of Warrender won bronze in 1:59.29.

Scott said of his races,

“These finals have been difficult to get into. I’ve been trying different things in the heats, lengthening my stroke a little. Everything seemed to come together correctly tonight and I was certainly happy with those times. Dropping ten seconds from the heats in my IM, I didn’t know I had that in the locker!”

Talking about the 200m butterfly final, Scott continued,

“The butterfly was something of a focus for me before freestyle came. It’s a harder event and it prepares you for the 200m freestyle.

“That was a really good race, (Cameron) Brodie is an incredible racer, an incredible team-mate.”

With next year being an important one for the World Championships and the qualifying window opening for Team Scotland at the Gold Coast Scott finished by saying,

“I don’t think too far ahead and I will sit down and chat with Steve (Tigg) to clarify what’s going to be best for me in terms of focus and events.”

Camilla Hattersley put in another solid performance picking up her second title of the meet in the 400m freestyle. Like several athletes here Hattersley is having to juggle exams and she finished in a time of 4:05.75.

Craig Benson also picked up his second individual title with a strong swim in the 100m breaststroke finishing in 58.03.

Other records broken today included Danii Joyce (Deaf World Record) in 50m freestyle (25.81) and 200m backstroke (2:18.75). Roisin Ramsay  (Warrender) broke the Scottish Junior Record in the 400m freestyle (4:12.88) while the quartet of Calum Bain, Martyn Walton, Jamie Graham and Duncan Scott (University of Stirling) broke the Scottish Club Record on their way to gold in the 4x50m freestyle relay in 1:27.19. And finally Edinburgh University’s Kathryn Greenslade, Anna Newlands, Tain Bruce and Lucy Hope broke the Scottish National Club Record in the 4x50m freestyle (1:40.78).

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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