Sunday, July 2, 2017

MacInnes triumphs in butterfly thriller on final day of Championships

The Scottish National Open Swimming Championships concluded tonight at the Aquatics Centre, Aberdeen Sports Village with Edinburgh University being crowned Top Club and Keanna MacInnes securing her first senior title in the 200m butterfly, beating Hannah Miley in a thrilling final.

15-year old MacInnes (Hearts) lined up alongside Miley (University of Aberdeen Performance Swim) in the centre lanes and enjoyed the stronger start, leading at the half way mark. Miley came back at the youngster however and turned for the final time with the slightest of advantages.

MacInnes was not finished however and came back at Miley in a superb display, taking the title on the touch in 2:11.46 to Miley’s 2:11.57. Anna Cheesbrough from City of Leeds won bronze in 2:14.81.

Following the race a delighted MacInnes said,

“I’m really pleased with that, especially as I’ve not rested for this meet. We’ve gone up to eight sessions since the start of the season and we’re just working harder, there’s more distance now in my sets.”

Speaking about the remainder of the season, MacInnes continued,

“I’ve got Worlds (Junior Championships) at the end of the season, that was my goal and I’m just going to continue to work hard and swim the best that I can out in Indianapolis.”

Hannah Miley also commented on the race and said,

“I’ve been admiring Keanna’s progression for a while now. When she broke the minute barrier at Trials in Sheffield back in April (100m butterfly) I just stood with my eyes wide open. She is certainly the next generation coming through and it was such a good race. She really pushed me and for where I am in my season that was just what I needed.”

Stephen Milne (Perth City) secured victory in the 200m freestyle lowering his time from the heats by a couple of seconds and taking the title in 1:49.17. Craig McLean (University of Stirling) pushed Milne hard but in the end had to settle for silver in 1:50.18, while Jarvis Parkinson from London Aquatics Centre won bronze in 1:50.58.

Milne who raced in Italy last weekend said,

“I guess back to back racing comes with the territory. It’s good to get the practice in as we’re on the final stages of preparation ahead of the Worlds. It’s a great meet to get in more practice, there’s strong competition and I do like to compete back in Scotland.

“I’m excited for Budapest. As we get closer I feel more and more rested, ready for the Championships and raring to go.”

Jon Law was back in record breaking form setting a new Scottish para-swimming record for S13 in the 100m butterfly with a time of 1:06.31.

Edinburgh University secured the Top Club Trophy amassing 1429 points, following more strong performances on the final night. Lucy Hope (100m free), Corrie Scott (50m breast) and Mark Szaranek (400m IM) all won their events with their ‘A’ teams in the medley relay finals also securing victory. The quartet of Lucy Hope, Corrie Scott, Tain Bruce and Katie Stark in fact broke the Scottish Club Record on their way to the title, posting a time of 4:06.27. The top 10 teams were as follows:

Edinburgh University


City of Glasgow Swim Team


University of Aberdeen Performance


University of Stirling


Warrender Baths Club


South Lanarkshire Swimming


Heart of Midlothian


Swim West Lothian


Aberdeen Dolphins


Dundee  City Aquatics


The Berger Paints Trophy (awarded for the best performance (male or female) by a Scottish junior swimmer in the National Open Championship and calculated using the current FINA Points Table) went to Lexie Waller for her heat performance in the 200m backstroke (800 points)

The Eileen Adams Trophy (awarded for the best combined performance in the senior men’s 200m and 400m freestyle championships using FINA points) went to Regan Lloyd of Team Ipswich with 1488 points.

Results can be found on the Swim Scotland website:

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