Saturday, July 1, 2017

Hattersley, Inglis secure brace of titles in Aberdeen

While consideration times for individual events at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games remained elusive on Day 3 of the Scottish National Open Swimming Championships from the Aquatics Centre at Aberdeen Sports Village, the para-swimmers continued to rewrite the record books.

Despite picking up her second title of the meet, Camilla Hattersley, was downbeat following her victory in the 400m freestyle. The City of Glasgow Swim Team athlete powered to victory in 4:13.10, well ahead of nearest rival, Nikki Miller, of South Lanarkshire who came home in 4:19.10 for silver. Bronze went to Alice Alcaras of University of Aberdeen Performance Swim in 4:21.87.

After the race Hattersley said,

“It was a solid swim but the time wasn’t what I expected. I can’t complain though as I swam a good 800m last night, a season’s best.”

Hattersley has struggled this season to re-find the form that secured her a place at last years Olympic Games. She continued,

“It’s been a very hard year.  I knew it would be tough but I didn’t know what to expect. It’s been a massive come down from the biggest event in the world. You dream about the Olympics your whole life then after it’s all over you suddenly stop and think OK, where do I go from here?  It’s taken quite a bit of time to reset everything, get back into training and find my motivation again.”

But motivated she is and Hattersley will fly to Chinese Taipei in August as part of the GBR team competing at the World University Games. She said,

“I’m excited about the World University Games; it’s extended my season and will give me another opportunity to put down times for the Gold Coast.

“I know there will be a lot of really fast swimmers so it will be extremely competitive which will provide good racing.”

Euan Inglis (Edinburgh University) also claimed his second title of the meet, timing his finish to perfection in the 100m breaststroke.  He finished in 1:02.68, just ahead of Warrender’s Chris Kerr who won silver in 1:02.84 while Calum Tait (Edinburgh University) won bronze in 1:03.74.

After the race Inglis said,

“Going into this competition it was my goal to come here and race hard. I’ve shaved down and tapered for this meet. It’s a qualification meet for the Commonwealth Games so it’s important to put in good times when you are expected to.

“It’s good to race the 100m and have all the boys there racing hard. It’s not an event I’m as keen on but it’s good to race it. The 200m swimmers come down, the 50 sprinters go up so it’s a great environment to race in.

“The breaststroke is so competitive with Ross Murdoch, Chris Kerr, Craig Benson to name but a few , and they’re all capable of doing fast times.  For me it’s a matter of getting in and just racing, that’s my mentality. I love racing and it’s about getting in, racing and posting the best time I can do.”

Inglis posted a consideration time in Sheffield for the 50m breaststroke and said,

“Three years ago I was devastated not to have made the team. I was so upset but it was all about how I could turn things around. To get on the team for the Gold Coast would be a dream come true for me.”

In the MC final Jon Law of Helensburgh broke the SB13 Scottish National Record recording a time of 1:19.45.

Ollie Carter (Carnegie) was again on record breaking form as he broke another of Paul Noble’s long standing records in the 50m freestyle, with a time of 27.34. Stephen Clegg (University of Stirling) broke the S12 British record in the same event with a time of 24.98.

Our para-swimmers again put in strong performances with Laura Pilkington (Swim West Lothian) breaking the SM6 Scottish Record for 200m IM, first in the heats with 4:23.42 and improving that in the final with a superb 4:19.42.

Earlier in the day Laura Pilkington (Swim West Lothian) broke the S6 record for 100m back with a time of 1:56.59.

The quartet of Ellie Reilly, Emma Russell, Keanna MacInnes and Lexie Waller from Hearts broke the Scottish Junior Record in the 4x100m freestyle relay coming home in 3:59.11.

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,