Saturday, April 22, 2017

Szaranek left frustrated by medley performance

“I’m really frustrated with that. To be that close to the time needed for the Worlds and to finish second, I’m really disappointed." Mark Szaranek

While Mark Szaranek may have secured another Team Scotland consideration time for next year’s Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast, his silver medal winning performance in the 200m IM left the 21 year old far from satisfied on the penultimate day of the British Swimming Championships.

Szaranek (Edinburgh University) was ranked 2nd coming into tonight’s finals behind the inform Max Litchfield of Sheffield. At the half way mark Szaranek was in third place behind Duncan Scott (University of Edinburgh) and Litchfield, taking the lead at the final turn following a superb breaststroke leg.

Litchfield, however, powered home to victory in 1:58.10, with Szaranek close behind in 1:58.39. Scott held on for bronze in 1:58.44 while Dan Wallace (University of Stirling) finished 6th in 2:00.62. While his time was good enough for Gold Coast consideration, being just 0.2 off consideration time for the World Championships in Budapest was of no consolation. Szaranek said,

“I’m really frustrated with that. To be that close to the time needed for the Worlds and to finish second, I’m really disappointed. My plan was to come in and win that race but I just fell short. I’ve a pretty good idea what I need to improve on, but I’m going to keep that close to my chest.”

“I’ve got the 200m freestyle tomorrow and I hope to do well in that and make the final. If you make the final, anything can happen.”

George Clough (Warrender Baths Club) finished his 200m IM Junior final in 2:04.62, well inside the consideration time for Youth Team Scotland heading to the Bahamas in July.

In the women’s event, Hannah Miley (University of Aberdeen Performance) was crowned British Champion following the disqualification of Olympic silver medallist Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (Bath University). Hannah’s time was 2:11.75, which was good considering earlier in the evening she had swam the 400m freestyle, finishing in 4:13.02 for 5th. Olympic team-mate, Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow Swim Team), put in a fast final 100m to finish 4th in 4:12.93.

In the junior final Nikki Miller (East Kilbride) again showed her dominance of freestyle swimming with a convincing win, coming home in 4:17.68.

Jack Thorpe (Edinburgh University) won bronze in the 50m freestyle with a PB of 22.53, only 0.2 off a Gold Coast consideration time. Ben Proud (Plymouth Leander) showed his class in the event winning the title in a new British Record time of 21.32, while his team-mate Tom Fannon picked up silver in 22.21.

After the race Thorpe said,

“It was a huge PB this morning, and another PB tonight so overall I’m pretty delighted. And I’ve still got another couple of chances to get the Gold Coast time and I’m feeling confident I can do it.

“Watching Duncan (Scott) go so well in the 100m free and with myself and Kieran (McGuckin) getting on the podium for that event, the 4x100m relay is already looking strong for Scotland.

“I’ve still got the same hunger to get on the team as I had before.  I’ve taken a full year out of university to focus on training and it’s proving worthwhile with PBs in both the 50m and 100m freestyle events.”

Edinburgh University team-mate Lucy Hope and University of Stirling’s Kathleen Dawson both posted consideration times for the Gold Coast in the 50m backstroke, with Dawson winning the silver medal in 28.19 and Hope the bronze medal in 28.49. Georgia Davies (Loughborough) took gold in27.69.

Millfield’s Emma Harvey secured her Commonwealth Youth Games consideration time for 50m backstroke, with a time of 29.37.

Full results from the Championships can be found here

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