Thursday, April 5, 2018

Strong performance from swimmers in opening heats

Scottish swimmers secured a 100% strike rate with all 11 athletes competing this morning progressing to their respective semi-finals and finals on the opening day of competition of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Hannah Miley (University of Aberdeen Performance Swim Team) was the first of the Scots out and she looked comfortable in her heat of the 400m IM. The 28-year old took charge of the race during the breaststroke leg and came home to win her heat in a time of 4:38.20. Alongside her was Aimee Wilmott (ENG) and they‘ll race side by side again in tonight’s final. Miley said of her race,

“It didn’t feel as fresh or as easy as I would have liked it to be, but it’s nice to get the first one out of the way, shake off the cobwebs and see where I’m at.

“You can’t predict anything from that race for the final, I just need to go and get my swim down, have a sleep and then come back and try and do it again. It’s definitely a tougher field that in Glasgow so it should be a great race to watch.”

Ross Murdoch (University of Stirling)also booked his place in lane four in the 200m breaststroke. The Champion from Glasgow 2014 put in a solid swim to win his heat in 2:08.77. He’ll be joined in tonight’s final by team-mates Calum Tait (Edinburgh University)and Craig Benson (University of Stirling) who finished in 2:10.83 and 2:12.13 respectively.

Speaking after the race Murdoch said,

“That was a good opening 100m for me. Hopefully I can build that a little bit more tonight which will allow me to build the rate even further through the race. Sometimes if you don’t build your rate hard enough through the front 100 you don’t have anything to pick it up with in the back.

Asked about competing outdoors, Murdoch continued,

“The conditions here are unpredictable so we just have to play it by ear. The weather can change so quickly and it’s just about seeing who that doesn’t affect and keeping focused on the race.”

Bronze medallist from Glasgow, Andrew Willis (ENG), along with his team-mate James Wilby (ENG) are also in the mix and there will be massive home support for Matt Wilson (AUS).

Stephen Milne (Perth City Swim Club) said his aim this morning was to make the final of the 400m freestyle and he did just that. Milne finished in 3:51.65 and will have an outside lane in the final, which will include home favourite Mack Horton (AUS), Dan Jervis (WAL) and James Guy (ENG).

Lucy Hope (Edinburgh University) put in a superb swim to reach the final of the 200m freestyle. Hope touched home in 1:59.18 putting her 8th for the final, which includes the latest teen swimming sensation Ariarne Titmus (AUS) and her team-mate Emma McKeon (AUS).

16-year old Keanna MacInnes (Heart of Midlothian) achieved a PB on her way to the semi-finals of the 100m butterfly. She finished in 59.63 and was delighted with her swim. She said,

“That was so good. The pool is amazing and the atmosphere is not like anything I’ve seen before.

“I’m really happy with that swim. I’ll take each race as it comes but am looking to be faster this evening.”

Both Sean Campsie (City of Glasgow Swim Team) and Scott McLay (University of Stirling) swam PBs to progress to the semi-finals of the 50m butterfly, with Campsie touching home in 24.32 and McLay in 24.49. Corrie Scott (Edinburgh University) also progressed to the semi-finals for the 50m breaststroke (31.48). Scott won bronze in this event back in Glasgow, and will hope to go faster this evening in order to progress to tomorrow’s final.

Craig McNally (City of Glasgow Swim Team) managed not to let the bright sunshine get the better of him in the 100m backstroke. Despite clipping the lane rope he maintained his stroke and touched home in 56.19 to claim his place in tonight’s semi-final.

Full results can be foud HERE

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