Thursday, June 29, 2017

Record breaking start for Dawson and Bruce on opening day of Championships

The Scottish National Open Swimming Championships, part of the Team Scotland series of events, began at the Aquatics Centre at Aberdeen Sports Village today, and for Tain Bruce and Kathleen Dawson, it was a record breaking start to the four-day meet.

In the first ‘A’ final of the night, the 100m butterfly, Tain Bruce (Edinburgh University) led from the start and held off a strong challenge by Keanna MacInnes (Hearts) and Raquel Matos (Edinburgh University). Bruce powered home to take the title in 59.59, a new Scottish Record. After the race she said,

“I feel that record has been a long time coming. I was 59.9 at this point last season. I’ve been 59.9 a couple of times since; I just needed to refocus to make that drop and I’m really happy I’ve done it here.”

With this event being a nominated meet to post a consideration time for the Gold Coast, Bruce continued,

“I just felt too much pressure in April at the Trials in Sheffield. I’ve been training hard and have come into this meet far more relaxed. 58.3 (consideration time in 100m fly for Gold Coast) is very fast, but it’s fair. If you want to compete with the rest of the world you need to go that time. “

Keanna MacInnes won silver in 59.93, just outside the Scottish Junior Record she set in Sheffield in April and Raquel Matos won bronze in 1:00.56.

Kathleen Dawson (University of Stirling) also kick started her campaign with a Scottish Record in the 50m backstroke, coming home in 28.11. Lucy Hope and Lizzie Simmonds (Edinburgh University) won silver and bronze respectively in 28.18 and 28.39.

Speaking after the race Dawson said,

“I’m really pleased to have done a PB while still in hard training. It sets me up nicely for the Worlds and I can’t wait for Budapest.

“This will be my first World Championships and I don’t feel there is any pressure on me whatsoever. I can go and take in the experience. I’m just back from competing in Italy with the GBR squad and the advice I’ve been getting has been great, just to treat the event as any other event and not let the pressure of the day or the event get to me.”

Ollie Carter (Carnegie) broke the S10 Scottish Record in the MC 100m free final coming home in 58.98, while Archie Goodburn (Warrender) broke the Scottish Junior Record in the 50m breaststroke, posting a time of 29.92. Earlier in the day Reagan Doig (Stirling Swim) set a new S14 record for 100m fly coming home in 1:08.96.

The last individual event of the night, the Men’s 1500m freestyle, turned into a thriller with a sprint finish between Richard Laird and Fraser Allison. Very little separated the two athletes over the course of the 30 lengths and with 25m to go the sprint started.

It was South Lanarkshire’s Laird who edged ahead and came into take the well-earned title in 16:19.16. Allison from Warrender had to settle for silver in 16:19.61, while Marshall Illingsworth from South Ayrshire picked up bronze in 16:31.01.

The Scottish National Open Swimming Championships runs from 29 June to 2 July.

Thursday 29 June – Sunday 2 July

Morning Heats:                 From 09:00    

Evening Finals:                  From 17:30 

The schedule of events can be found here:  /Uploads/2017/6/22/7.%20Schedule%20of%20Events.pdf

The draft programme can be found here:

Results can be found on the Swim Scotland website:

The event can also be followed on social media by using #SNOC17 as hashtag, as well as on Scottish Swimming’s website,