Saturday, December 8, 2018

Murdoch and Bruce continue record breaking form

Another fantastic evening of racing produced more record breaking swims on day two of the Scottish National & Open Short Course Swimming Championships taking place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

Ross Murdoch, fresh from breaking the Scottish Record for 50m, dominated the 100m breaststroke final, powering to victory in 57.29. His University of Stirling training partner Craig Benson won silver in 58.19 and Warrender’s Archie Goodburn took bronze in 1:00.25.

After the race Murdoch said,

“I’m really happy with that. I was happy with last night’s swim but that one was good. I feel like that swim’s been in the tank for me for a couple of years now, but I’ve not really been able to quite get it out. I was happy last year going 57.5 at the European Short Course and making a final but that just felt good tonight.”

Speaking about the continued success of breaststrokers in Scotland, Murdoch said,

“It is pretty amazing to see the depth that Scottish Swimming has coming through and it’s good to know that with the likes of Archie (Goodburn) around, the future of our sport is in pretty good hands.  He’s got his head screwed on well and I ‘m sure there will be more to come from him in the future.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s 200m event, Murdoch said,

“I’m definitely looking forward to getting in and trying to tackle that 200. It’s been a couple of years since I did my PB; I think that was back in 2015 so I’d like to get back down to that 2.04 mark or faster.

“The times I’m starting to post now are a lot better and I’m getting back up there with being able to make finals of major international championships at short course level which isn’t something I’ve ever been able to do. In 2016 I went to the world short course and didn’t make a single final. It would be really good to go to another meet like that now and actually challenge for spaces.”

Fresh from her record breaking swim at BUCS last month, Tain Bruce (Edinburgh University) continued her great form, breaking her Scottish Record for 100m butterfly. Bruce took no prisoners during the event and stormed to victory in 57.15, reversing last night’s result from the 200m event and beating Keanna MacInnes into silver (59.52). Yasmin Perry from University of Aberdeen Performance Swim Team won bronze in 1:00.20. Afterwards she said,

“I had a really good swim at BUCS last month and produced a whole second PB. I wasn’t too sure if I would be able to push on and replicate that swim but to drop it by another 0.4, I’m really happy with that.

“I’ve been a lot more focussed on my pre-pool and post-pool as well as my strength and conditioning in the gym and I think once you get to senior level it’s the little bits outside the pool that are making the difference as well as the work in the pool.”

Katie Robertson also showed her strength in the breaststroke events securing her second senior title, this time in the 50m event in 30.93. She then went onto win the 100m IM in 1:02.39, just touching out Katie Shanahan (City of Glasgow Swim Team) who won silver in 1:02.59, a new Scottish Junior Record time.  Orla Adams (University of Aberdeen Performance Swim Team) picked up bronze in 1:03.33. After the race Robertson said,

“Last night I won my first senior title in the 100m breaststroke so I think I was still buzzing from that. To come away with another senior title was amazing for me. “

Robertson’s time was just 0.2 off the Senior Record, a time she has a keen eye on. She said,

“I did have a look at Corrie’s record beforehand so I knew it was within my reach for the year ahead. Tonight was just about getting as close to it as I could. I do speak to Corrie quite a lot; I look up to her and always have done. I remember sharing a villa with Corrie during a Scottish Swimming camp in Florida so I got to see behind the scenes into her life as a performance swimmer.”

Other records broken today included Stephen Clegg (S12) 50m backstroke World Record – 27.28; Scott Quin (SB14) 100m breaststroke World Record  – 1:04.67; Mark Ford 50m backstroke Scottish Junior Record – 25.73; Louis Lawlor (S14) 50m backstroke British Record – 28.06; Louis Lawlor (S14) 100m freestyle Scottish Record – 53.56; University of Stirling (Duncan Scott, Martyn Walton, Scott McLay, Craig McLean) 4x50m Freestyle National Club Record –1:26.64.

The full rundown of results from the Meet can be found on the Swim Scotland website HERE

The Scottish National & Open Short Course Championships are taking place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh from 7-9 December 2018.

The programme for the event can be found HERE