Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Edinburgh University look to build on BUCS success at EISM18

Athletes representing over 37 Countries have battled the elements and arrived in Edinburgh for the start of the Edinburgh International Swim Meet incorporating the British Swimming Championships, which are due to start on Thursday 1st March and run until Sunday 4th.

For many of Britain’s elite swimmers it will be the final racing opportunity before heading out to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, while for younger athletes, it will be used as a selection meet for the European Junior Championships, which take place in Helsinki Finland in early July.

Event sponsors, Edinburgh University, come into the event fresh from a successful weekend at the BUCS Long Course Championships, where their female athletes came out on top. Head Coach, Chris Jones, commented,

“It was such a milestone at BUCS; I can’t remember when any Loughborough team was beaten at the event so to win the women’s and come 2nd overall was fantastic and a testament to athletes and coaches for their perseverance and dedication.

“We have a great relationship with the Loughborough guys and they congratulated us and gave us plenty of banter. They are so strong so we are obviously delighted with the result. Tain Bruce responded fantastically to missing out on the Commonwealth Games by smashing the Scottish record on the 100 fly, swimming a time of 58.9. The team in turn responded to that and it lifted everyone.”

Speaking about the event itself, Jones continued,

“EISM is a fantastic event and even more special this year incorporating the British Championships.  And it’s great that Edinburgh University are a partner once more. From a swimming point of view the meet will act as a springboard into the Commonwealth Games. Swimmers are still in focussed training but it will act as good race practice before we head out to the holding camp and final prep for the Gold Coast.

“We are excited about this stage of season, the programme is in a good place. We have 12 going to the Games (8 Scots, 2 English, 1 Welsh, 1 Cayman Islands), it’s a really exciting time.”

The Event schedule can be found HERE

Tickets of the event can be found HERE. Please note session 8, 9 and 11 are now sold out. 

Warm up starts at 07:30 with faster heats beginning at 09:00, while finals start at 17:00

(16:30 on Sunday). The event is being live streamed on the British Swimming YouTube Channel, which can be found HERE

Visitors to the event are advised to follow Met Office weather warnings after snow fall across Scotland, and only to travel when it is safe to do so. A spokesperson for the event said:

“While we want to put on the best event possible, the safety of our swimmers, coaches and fans must come first.

“We will endeavour to keep everyone updated should any more bad weather occur over the coming 24 hours, however our aim is to run the event as scheduled.”

The red weather warning across Edinburgh has impacted roads, flights and trains, but current indications are that the weather should improve by Friday. Updates from the Met Office can be found here

Any updates will be posted regularly here