Sunday, March 12, 2017 Encouraging performances at Edinburgh International “There has been a lot of racing recently so it’s just about fine tuning and working on all the small components, gearing up for trials in April.” Hannah Miley This weekend Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European Champions were among 900 athletes from 31 countries battling it out in the finals at the Edinburgh International Swim Meet. Kathleen Dawson was the second best overall performer at the meet according to the FINA points system, just beaten by the 2016 Olympic champion Pernille Blume with 907 FINA points. Dawson set a new Scottish record of 28:12 for the 50m Backstroke in the heats of the knockout skins event which was won by University of Edinburgh athlete Lizzie Simmonds. Ross Murdoch was the third best performer at the meet and showed great form this weekend winning the 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke finals with times of 28:33, 1:01.13 and 2:12.07. Ross was just beaten in the 50m skins event by Swede, Erik Persson. In live interviews Ross commented ‘It’s all about perfecting my craft ahead of the trials in April” Duncan Scott won the 200m Individual Medley on Day 1in 2:00.99 ahead of team mate Dan Wallace also representing the University of Stirling. Hannah Miley comfortably won her speciality event, the 400m IM in a time of 4:41.49 beating Abbie Wood from Loughborough University. Hannah commented: “There has been a lot of racing recently so it’s just about fine tuning and working on all the small components, gearing up for trials in April.” David Cumberlidge of the University of Edinburgh won the 50m Freestyle Skins beating Dan Wallace in an exciting finale. David went on to comfortably win the 100m Freestyle in a time of 49:65 on Sunday night. David commented on the skins event, ‘It’s all about pacing yourself and I managed to conserve my energy for the final 50m.” Pernille Blume, the Danish 2016 Olympic 50m freestyle champion dominated the women’s 50m freestyle skins event and 100m freestyle on Day 3 in a time of 53:93. Pernille commented on the meet: “It’s a great meet! My next focus will be to qualify for the World Championships this summer.” Jennie Johansson, the Swedish 2015 World Champion also won the breaststroke skins on Day 2 with an impressive performance throughout this tough, elimination event. She commented, “This concept of the skins event is very good training. It’s a great experience.” Rikke Moller Pedersen, European and World record holder also competed at the meet just winning the 200m Breaststroke in a new meet record of 2:25.86. Pedersen commented “It’s a great competition and there’s a good vibe and energy.” In the men’s backstroke Craig McNally of City of Glasgow Swim Team comfortably won the final of the men’s 200m backstroke on Day 3 of the meet while Conor Ferguson of Swim Ulster took the 100m backstroke final on Friday night. In youth finals Nikki Miller of East Kilbride won the 200m Individual Medley on Day 3 in a time of 2:20.72, she also came 2nd in the women’s 800m Freestyle event on Saturday just behind Holly Hibbott. Scott McLay of Perth City had an encouraging meet winning the youth100m backstroke on Day 1 in 56:58 and the 100m Freestyle youth final on Sunday in 50:26 setting a new youth meet record beating Duncan Scott’s previous time of 50:37. Keanna MacInnes of Heart of Midlothian swimming club also set a new youth record for the women’s 50m butterfly in 27:87 on Day 3. Overall some very encouraging results ahead of trials in April. Well done to all involved!