Sunday, April 8, 2018

GC2018 Day 4 Heats Review

There were nine Scottish swimmers in action this morning and all nine progressed through to the semi-finals and finals of their respective events.

Following her superb leg in last night’s 4x200m freestyle Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow Swim Team) returned to the Optus Aquatics Centre to start her individual campaign, which kicked off with the heats of the 800m freestyle.

Under an intense heat Hattersley swam a well-paced race and touched home in 8:35.62. Following the heat she said,

“I got back late to the village last night and I really struggled to sleep. I’m pretty happy with the time and I think I’ve still got a lot more to give. Last night’s 200 gave me real confidence, I wasn’t expecting to go that fast.”

Hattersley’s final is on Monday night.

Also part of that 4x200m freestyle team was Hannah Miley who was back in action in the heats of the 200m IM. Miley often cites the shorter of the medleys as the tougher event for her, preferring distance over sprint. Her time of 2:12.60 was third fastest for the final and after the heat she said,

“For me the 200m IM is always a challenge. These girls have real speed and I just have to hang on as best I can.”

In what’s likely to be a very close final, Miley will line up alongside Olympic silver medalist, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (ENG) and Aimee Wilmott (ENG) who won gold in the 400m IM on the opening night of competition.

Team Scotland’s youngest competitor, Toni Shaw, returned to the pool again for the S9 100m freestyle. In her previous events Shaw has gone out hard in the heats which hasn’t left her enough in the tank to contest the final, however, the 14-year old swam a steady and well controlled heat to finish in 1:08.00, ensuring there was more to give in tonight’s final.

Lucy Hope was also in action in the 100m freestyle finishing in 1:09.51 and progresses to tonight’s semi-final.

Also through to semi-finals are Euan Inglis, Craig Benson and Mark Campbell in the 50m breaststroke while Corrie Scott makes it through to the 100m breaststroke semi-finals. Sean Campsie put in a superb performance in the 100m butterfly to finish second fastest for the semi-finals.

Tonight’s session also includes the final of the 100m freestyle which will see Duncan Scott chase his fourth medal of the Games. Australia have been dominant in the freestyle events and the main challengers will come from Cameron McEvoy and Kyle Chalmers (AUS). Craig McNally returns for the 50m backstroke final, while Scotland’s men will go for a fourth successive medal in consecutive Games in the 4x200m freestyle.

Swimming finals start at 19:30 local time (10:30 GMT).