Thursday, March 1, 2018

Hope, Miley strike gold on opening day of Championships

While the snow was doing its best to cause havoc across much of the country, the dedication of athletes, coaches, clubs, parents, officials, volunteers and venue & event staff ensured the Edinburgh International Swim Meet incorporating the British Swimming Championships went ahead as planned at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh University’s Lucy Hope was described by double Olympic Champion and Live Stream co-commentator, Rebecca Adlington, as the stand out swimmer of Day 1, after winning the ‘B’ final of the 200m freestyle  then taking the British Title in the 50m backstroke, as well as coming out on top in the 50m back skins event.

Hope took over 3 seconds off her heat time in the 200m freestyle finishing in 1:59.00 before winning gold in the 50m backstroke in a time of 28.18, ahead of University of Stirling’s Kathleen Dawson. After the backstroke Hope said,

“I came into this event feeling really good after doing so well at BUCS a couple of weeks ago where our team won the female title.

“I’m looking to move my races forward and put them together technically in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games.”

While she touched home in second place behind Mireia Belmonte, Hannah Miley took the British 400m IM title in a time of 4:38.91. The 28 year old University of Aberdeen Performance Swim athlete made her way through the field during the breaststroke leg, but Belmonte once again showed her strong finish to post a winning time of 4.38.68. Aimee Wilmott (University of Stirling was third).

Miley said of her performance,

“I’m happy and tired. For me it was a case of go hard or go home. I’m looking forward to a lot of good head to heads this weekend. I’m not at my fastest coming into this meet, I’m just looking to put in some solid swims.”

In other events Tain Bruce (Edinburgh University) won bronze in the 100m butterfly improving on her own Scottish Record she set at BUCS with 58.92. Duncan Scott (University of Stirling) also won bronze in the 100m freestyle final in 50.07. Stephen Milne (Perth City) was 4th with Craig McLean (University of Stirling) finishing 8th. Archie Goodburn (Warrender Baths Club) finished 7th in the 200m butterfly final finishing in a time of 2:01.39.

The Event schedule can be found HERE

Results 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