Sunday, April 23, 2017

Scott pipped to silver in thrilling finale

“Yes it’s a Scottish Record but as I’ve said before it’s not about the time, it’s about racing. If you’re up there in the final then the time will be good enough." Duncan Scott

The British Swimming Championships concluded this evening at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre with a hotly anticipated finale involving the best of British 200m freestylers.

Duncan Scott (University of Stirling) was fastest going into the final and held the smallest of leads at the half way mark. However, you can never write off a field that includes reigning world champion for the event, James Guy, and with 50m to go, the race between Scott and Guy was well and truly on.

With 15m to go the result could have gone either way, but Guy finished the stronger of the two, touching home in an impressive 1:45.55. Scott’s time was equally impressive; his 1:45.80 breaking former team-mate Robbie Renwick’s Scottish Record, held since the FINA World Championships in Rome, back in 2009.

Bath University’s Calum Jarvis won bronze in 1:47.02 with Scottish swimmers Stephen Milne (Perth City) 6th in 1:47.63 and Mark Szaranek (Edinburgh University) 8th in 1:49.35.

Following the medal ceremony, Scott said,

“I’m obviously happy with that swim after a long week of competition, I’ve given myself a tough ask but I’m pleased with how everything has gone.

“Yes it’s a Scottish Record but as I’ve said before it’s not about the time, it’s about racing. If you’re up there in the final then the time will be good enough.

“I’ve been training hard for the 200m free. If I had trained for the 100m then my 200m would have suffered. I’ve also done a lot of training for the medley, although looking at my breaststroke you wouldn’t have known that!”

Looking ahead to the 4x200m freestyle at the World Championships, where GBR will be defending Champions, Scott said,

“There will be a lot of teams up for that event. The year after the Olympics is hard; squads are vulnerable but whatever happens we will go in and give it our best shot. We were 6th at the Europeans in London, and then won silver in Rio. As I said it will be tough but we’ll do our best.”

Corrie Scott (Edinburgh University) struggled to hide her disappointment at the end of the 100m breaststroke final where she finished 7th in a time of 1:09.10. At the conclusion of the race she said,

“It’s an improvement on my heat but it’s not where I should be, it’s not where I want to be. I’ve changed up the way I’m racing the 100m in the last few months. Its early days but I’ve been a 68 second swimmer for so long and I know I’m better than that.”

Speaking about her training this year, she continued,

“I’m working full time at the moment which means I’m missing sessions, in early and then leaving early. Chris (Jones, Head Coach) is helping me so much. I don’t know how I’d make it through this year without having him there.”

Keanna MacInnes produced her first sub minute 100m butterfly on the way to winning the junior final. The Heart of Midlothian swimmer dominated the race and she powered her way to the wall in 59.81, breaking her own Scottish Junior Record set earlier in the year in Indianapolis. The 15-year old is now only 0.1 off the Scottish Senior Record, which has been held by former Hearts swimmer Louise Pate since 2009 (59.71).

Katie Robertson of South Ayrshire Swim Team was also on record breaking form, taking the Scottish Junior Record on her way to victory in the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:09.69.

In other finals, Craig McNally (City of Glasgow Swim Team) finished 5th in 200m backstroke in 2:00.47, while team-mate Sean Campsie finished 4th in the 50m butterfly final in 24.33.

At the conclusion of the meet, Scottish National Coach, Alan Lynn, said,

“We are encouraged with the performances of Scottish swimmers at these Championships. Our established swimmers have consolidated their early season form and built a solid foundation for the summer international championship Meets. The emergence of several younger swimmers is really promising for the future and we look forward to seeing them compete again in junior international Meets later in the season.

“The depth of competition throughout the week has been tough and we saw several outstanding performances, not least of which was Duncan Scott’s 100 Free British record. We look forward to the selectors decisions about all the GBR teams and wish all Scottish swimmers every success in the coming months.”

Full results from the Championships can be found here