Sunday, December 10, 2017

Medley Success for Miley and Wallace on Final Night of Championships

The curtain came down on what has been a very popular and successful Scottish National Short Course Swimming Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh. The final night of action produced some thrilling finals with Hannah Miley and Dan Wallace both securing their third individual titles of the meet.

Miley (University of Aberdeen Performance Swim Team) continued her dominance of the 400m IM winning as she cruised to victory in 4:34.69. Her team-mate Orla Adams won silver in 4:42.58 while Keanna MacInnes (Hearts) continued her superb meet with bronze in 4:45.77.

After the race Miley commented,

“It’s a busy evening, I’ve three events tonight.  I’ve not done Scottish short course for a while, I think 2014 was the last time I was here so it’s great being back doing the 400 medley, it’s my main event. Doing the medley short course is very different from doing it long course. I probably do prefer long course but it is good to change it up a bit.”

Speaking about the 400m IM at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Miley continued,

“The hat-trick has been mentioned once or twice. It’s on day one of the Commonwealth Games, which is nice and I will do everything I can do to try and make that achievement and win that third gold.

“But that hat-trick is not something that’s going to sit on my shoulders as that would be a lot of pressure. I mean there is going to be a lot of pressure but I just want to look forward to it and make sure I enjoy getting there. It is just another competition and racing here is just another step in that process.”

Dan Wallace (Edinburgh University) also made a welcome return to the top of the podium for his 400m IM although his final was a much closer affair with University of Stirling’s Callum Lawrie pushing him all the way.

Wallace started fast and had a solid lead up to the breaststroke leg. In the final 50m Lawrie upped his stroke rate and was on Wallace’s shoulder as the turned to freestyle. Wallace used his experience and power to eventually pull away and he took victory in 4:13.31 ahead of Lawrie in 2nd in 4:14.78. Zak Logue of Sunderland produced a lifetime best of 4:19.11 to win bronze.

After the race Wallace said,

“That was a really good race. It is my first time competing in that event in a year, longer still in short course, so it was good to put together some skills and good to race Callum and the other guys.”

Speaking about how close the race was Wallace continued,

“I have my race tactics and I stuck to them. I was well aware that Callum (Lawrie) was coming back at me but I used that to my advantage. I knew he was on my shoulder so it kept me pushing through the hard times.

“This has been a really good meet for me, and I’m pleased to show more form since last season. I think over the last few days with the Team Scotland squad, and over recent weeks the excitement has really started to build for the Gold Coast so I think it will be full steam ahead come the new year and I’m now counting down the days.”

Both Corrie Scott (Edinburgh University) and Craig Benson (University of Stirling) secured their breaststroke hat-tricks, with their final victories coming in the 200m event with Benson touching out Murdoch in 2:06.66, while Scott came home in 2:24.48.

In the invitational relays three Scottish National Records were broken with Scott McLay, Jack Thorpe, Kieran McGuckin and Duncan Scott posting 1:29.06 for 4x50m free. Lucy Hope, Rachel Masson, Gulsum Onal and Katie Stark also broke the Scottish National Record for 4x50m free (1:41.84) while the quartet of Sophie Smith, Emma Harvey, Emma Russell and Katie Robertson) broke the Scottish National Junior Record for the event in 1:45.96.

The Best Team Cup was won by Edinburgh University who amassed 1297 points. University of Stirling were runners up with 974 points while City of Glasgow Swim Team was third.

The Paisley 500 Trophy for best overall performance by a male or female went to Hannah Miley while the Citrus Trophies for best Junior performance by a male and a female were won by Archie Goodburn (100m breaststroke) and Keanna MacInnes (200m butterfly).

The Aberdeen 200 Trophies for best single performance by a male and female athlete (based on FINA points) were won by Stephen Milne for his 400m freestyle and Lizzie Simmonds for her 200m backstroke.

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

Watch all race highlights on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/scottishswimming

All evening finals are streamed live on www.scottishswimming.com/live

All results from the heats and the finals can be found at http://swimscotland.co.uk/meets17/SNSC/index.htm

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