Friday, December 7, 2018

Records Tumble on Opening Night of Short Course Championships

It was a record breaking start to the Scottish National & Open Short Course Swimming Championships with no less than ten National records broken at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

Jack Thorpe set his marker down early in the day breaking the Scottish Record for the 50m free he set last month at the BUCS National Short Course Championships. His time of 21.55 put him in the centre lane for the evening final, but he knew he’d be pushed to the title by University of Stirling’s Scott McLay and Duncan Scott.

And pushed all the way he was. Thorpe (Edinburgh University) held his nerve and held on for victory, touching home in 21.63, just 0.01 ahead of McLay who secured silver in 21.64. Duncan Scott won bronze in 21.72. Thorpe said of his performance,

“This morning’s heat was a real target, I just wanted to get the job done. Tonight was about the racing. Yes, I got the job done but only just, it was very close but we got there in the end.”

Speaking about the close finish Thorpe said,

“Scott McLay’s form has been coming on the last year and a half, I knew he was right on it and you can never count out Duncan (Scott). It was an extremely fast final, I think that was one of the fastest finals at Scottish Nationals and it was great to be part of.”

On his recent short course form, Thorpe said,

“Me and Chris (Jones, Coach) sat down at the start of the year and said we were going to give short course a really decent shot this year. BUCS was a bit of a surprise to be honest, I wasn’t really expecting it, but it’s been testament to the training me and Chris have been doing the last wee while. We’ve been really smart with everything we’re doing and I’ve been more switched on than I’ve ever been before and it’s showing in my swimming.”

Ross Murdoch broke the Scottish Record in the heats and then improved it in the final taking the title in 26.34. His University of Stirling teammate, Craig Benson, won silver in 26.89, while Jack Thorpe made his second trip to the podium, picking up bronze in 27.46.

Murdoch said of his performance,

“I’m really happy with that. The last couple of weeks I’ve not felt too great in the water to be honest, so I’m pleased. We’ve been doing a lot of technical work this first phase of the season and I seem to be reaping some of those rewards. “

Having been at Altitude Training in Flagstaff a month or so back, Murdoch continued,

Altitude camps are a massive strategy British Swimming are putting in place and are running for the next couple of years so it’s a big deal for me. I’ve been to altitude quite a few times now and I know what to expect and how my body will react to that environment.”

Looking ahead Murdoch finished by saying,

“The big events all come round so fast. Worlds, Olympics but of course next year we’ve also got Glasgow 2019 European Short Course as well, so a year on from this we are hoping to be part of that GBR Short Course team competing in Glasgow again. That would be amazing. There is lots to look forward to in the next couple of years but for this meet the focus is very much on the here and now.”

Keanna MacInnes also made her mark on the meet, opening her programme with a title and Scottish Record in the 200m butterfly final. The 17 year old who now represents the University of Stirling touched home in 2:07.21 to win gold. Tain Bruce (Edinburgh University) won silver in 2:08.77 while MacInnes’s teammate, Maj Howardsen picked up the bronze in 2:13.05.

MacInnes said of her race,

“It was a good swim, I’m really happy with that. I knew Tain had a really strong front end so I was just trying to stick with her to the 100m mark, then build through and try and get ahead from there.”

Other records broken today included Stephen Clegg (S12) 50m freestyle British Record – 24.37; Scott Quin (SB14) 50m breaststroke Scottish Record  – 29.89; Katie Shanahan 200m IM Scottish Junior Record – 2:12.46; Duncan Scott 100m IM Scottish Record – 53.21; Louis Lawlor (S14) 50m freestyle Scottish Record – 24.94; Louis Lawlor (S14) 200m backstroke Scottish Record – 2:20.23; University of Stirling (Martyn Walton, Ross Murdoch, Duncan Scott, Scott McLay) 4x50m Medley National Club Record – 1:34.57.

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