Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dawson satisfied with silver in her event opener

“My move to Stirling has just been a natural step for me. My swimming is going well and I can tell myself I know what I’m doing with my race plan and I’m happy with my progress."

Kathleen Dawson was among a number of Scottish swimmers posting consideration times for next year’s Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast on Day 2 of the British Swimming Championships taking place at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

The University of Stirling athlete put in a strong display in the 100m backstroke, finishing runner up to Olympian Georgia Davies, who touched home for gold in 59.34. Dawson posted 1:00.22, while Jessica Fullalove (Bath) won bronze in 1:00.52. Kirsty Simpson (Aberdeen Performance), who earlier had to race a swim off to make the final, was eighth in 1:02.03.

After the race Dawson said,

“I’m really pleased to have won silver and coming second to Georgia (Davies) who got the consideration time for the Worlds really isn’t too bad. Personally I would have liked to have gone faster, my time was outside what I needed for World Championships but that’s how it goes sometimes.”

Speaking about her move to University of Stirling from Warrington, Dawson continued,

“My move to Stirling has just been a natural step for me. My swimming is going well and I can tell myself I know what I’m doing with my race plan and I’m happy with my progress.

“Being at Stirling also gives me opportunities to work with experts out with the pool environment. We recently worked with Scottish Beef and the sportscotland institute of sport where not only are my chopping skills much improved I’ve learned about the nutritional benefit of what I eat and my meals are much tastier! It’s really useful to have this so close to hand, all of which could have an effect on my performance in the water.”

Dawson’s Stirling team-mates, Cameron Brodie and Duncan Scott finished with silver and bronze respectively in the 200m butterfly behind event favourite, James Guy. Guy won gold in 1:55.91 with touching home in 1:57.46 and Scott in 1:57.50, just outside the consideration time for the Gold Coast (1:57.28). After the race Brodie said,

“That was the first opportunity to post a consideration time for Gold Coast, it didn’t quite happen but there are plenty more opportunities to come and where I can show progression.

“Probably my two favourite memories in swimming have been Delhi in 2010 and Glasgow in 2014. It’s an absolute honour to represent my country. Corrie Scott has been there with me for the last two Games, she got her time last night, so that’s really spurred me on to do the same.”

Duncan Scott also commented,

“It’s been a while since I tapered for a 200m fly. I can proud of that, I’ve taken big steps and am still learning how to race that event. I’m delighted to be on the podium and look forward to the next time I can race it.”

Looking ahead to the next event at the meet, Scott finished,

“I seem to race better once I’ve got an event under my belt. This has boosted my confidence ahead of tomorrow’s freestyle, knowing I’m in decent shape.”

Euan Inglis (Edinburgh University) and Mark Campbell (Aberdeen Dolphins) won silver and bronze in the 50m breaststroke final behind a dominant Adam Peaty (26.48). Their 27.65 and 27.66 were both within the consideration times for the Gold Coast.

Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow Swim Team) also made it onto the podium, taking bronze in the 800m freestyle with a time of 8:36.42. Jazz Carlin won gold in 8:30.56 with Stockport’s Holly Hibbott winning bronze in 8:31.78.

Cassie Wild (Ellesmere College) added her name to the mix for the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas posting 1:02.36 for the 100m backstroke.

In other senior finals, Edinburgh University’s Raquel Matos and Tain Bruce finished the 50m fly in 6th and 8th place respectively, while Craig McNally (City of Glasgow Swim Team) was 6th in 100m backstroke.

Kara Hanlon (Edinburgh University) won the Target Tokyo 200m breaststroke final while Hannah Miley finished the senior final in 6th with 2:27.48.

Full results from the Championships can be found here