Sunday, March 4, 2018

British title for Milne on final day of Championships

It is one month to the day until the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games begin in Australia so the Edinburgh International Swim Meet, incorporating the British Championships, has provided the ideal opportunity for selected athletes to do any final fine tuning.

Stephen Milne, a key member of GBR’s World Championship winning 4x200m freestyle team, won the individual event in a closely contested final. The Perth City athlete hit the front from the off, and while the lead didn’t change hands over the course of the four lengths, it was a tight final. Milne touched home in 1:49.13 to take gold, while Cameron Kurle (Bath University) winning silver in 1:49.97, while Jay Lelliot from City of Sheffield won bronze in 1:50.27.

After the race Milne said,

“I’m pretty happy with that. Speaking to my coach (Ann Dickson) during warm up, she just told me to go for it.

“The meet has been great preparation for the Gold Coast, with a high quality field across events. It’s been great.”

Edinburgh University’s Lucy Hope added to her medal haul with silver in a very close 100m freestyle final. Hope was beaten to the title by Freya Anderson of Ellesmere College who touched home in 55.91, with Hope a close second in 55.95. Hope’s Edinburgh team-mate, Katie Stark, also added to her medals, picking up bronze in 56.12. Kathryn Greenslade (Edinburgh University) was 8th in 57.42.

In other events University of Stirling’s Duncan Scott won silver in the 100m butterfly in 53.85, while City of Glasgow Swim Team’s Sean Campsie finished the final 7th in 54.44.

Iona MacLeod of Dundee City Aquatics finished 8th overall in the 1500m posting a time of 17:21.07. Keanna MacInnes (Hearts) finished 4th in the 200m butterfly final with a time of 2:11.28, well inside the consideration time for the European Junior Championships. Tain Bruce (Edinburgh University) was 6th while University of Stirling’s Aimee Wilmott finished 9th.

Ross Murdoch (University of Stirling), Chris Kerr (Warrander), Mark Campbell (Aberdeen Dolphins) and Euan Inglis (Edinburgh University) contested the 50m breaststroke final while Corrie Scott and Kara Hanlon (Edinburgh University) were in the women’s final. Results will be updated shortly.

Full results from the meet can be found HERE.

The event was live streamed on the British Swimming YouTube Channel, which can be found HERE.