Friday, December 8, 2017

MacInnes bags first senior record in thrilling final with Miley

The Scottish National Short Course Championships began today at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, where Heart of Midlothian swimmer, Keanna MacInnes, broke into the senior record books for the first time, with a superb victory in the 200m butterfly.

16 year old MacInnes, who won bronze in the event at the FINA World Junior Championships in the summer, was the fastest qualifier for the final and flew off the blocks commanding a lead of over a second from nearest rival, Hannah Miley, at the 100m mark.  Miley, however, came back and by the final turn the race was really on. Both girls powered their way down the pool but MacInnes held on, touching home in 2:07.90 for her first senior national record (and Scottish Junior Record). Miley (University of Aberdeen Performance Swim Team) won silver in 2:08.15, while Isabel Jones of Millfield picked up bronze in 2:12.97.

After the race MacInnes said,

“I was ahead at the start and as we were getting to the end of the race I knew she (Hannah) was really starting to catch me up.  I know that I have a strong back end but her back end tonight was absolutely insane.

“It’s pretty cool to have got my first senior record. I’ve been with the Team Scotland squad for the past few days so it’s been pretty inspiring.  I’m working with a different coach, seeing what others have to say about my races. I love being part of this environment and look forward to seeing what else I can do over the weekend.”

Miley did make it to the top of the podium earlier on in the evening with a solid win in the 200m IM (2:08.16).

Archie Goodburn (Warrender Baths Club) enjoyed a great start to the meet with a hat-trick of Scottish Junior Records. The first came in the heats of the 50m breaststroke where he posted a time of 28.11, over 1.2 seconds faster than the previous record. He went onto improve that time again in the final touching home in 28.05. His other record came in the 100m fly where he touched home in 54.48 breaking the National Junior Record which had been held by Craig Bowman since 2012.

Goodburn said of his performances,

“It’s been an excellent first day, I’m really happy with the way the heats went and I was feeling good in the 100m fly and the 50m breaststroke and it felt good to get that [Breaststroke] record. I’m feeling really good with short distance this season.”

In the 50m breast final it was a University of Stirling 1-2-3-4 with Craig Benson, taking the honours in 26.98, ahead of Ross Murdoch (27.04), Zak Aitchison (27.09) and Jamie Graham (27.47).

Other records broken included Katie Robertson (South Ayrshire Swim Team) with a new Scottish Junior Record in the 100m breaststroke (1:07.68). In the invitational relays, the quartet of Kathleen Dawson, Craig Benson, Sean Campsie and Lucy Hope broke the Scottish National Mixed 4x 50m Medley Record (time to be confirmed) while Lucy Hope, Corrie Scott, Tain Bruce and Kathryn Greenslade broke the Scottish Club Record for 4x50m medley relay in 1:49.24.

The Scottish National Short Course Swimming Championships are being held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh from 8-10 December. The event , part of the Team Scotland Series, an be followed on social media using the hashtag #ScotNSC17.

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