Sunday, December 9, 2018

University of Stirling secure Top Club Prize on final record breaking night

With wins in no less than seven individual finals on the last night of competition, the University of Stirling were crowned Top Club at the conclusion of the Scottish National & Open Short Course Swimming Championships, which were held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

Scott McLay broke the Scottish Record on his way to victory in the 50m butterfly, touching home in 23.46. The previous record had been held by Todd Cooper since 2003 and McLay was clearly pleased,

“I’ve kind of been focusing on everything here really but with it being Short Course obviously the turns come into it a lot. I’m very happy with how the meet has gone overall.”

Looking ahead McLay continued,

“Next year Glasgow 2019 is an aim for me, but I also want to try and make the team for the Worlds. It’s all about the process; this time last year I’d only just joined Stirling but I’ve adjusted to the programme now and with Steve (Tigg) and Brad (Hay) behind me, I feel a lot better.”

Duncan Scott added to his already impressive medal haul with gold in the 200m freestyle. Scott led from the off and came home in 1:43.09, ahead of team-mate and training partner Craig McLean who won silver in 1:44.73. Stephen Milne from Perth City picked up bronze in 1:47.41.

After the race Scott said of the Meet,

“It’s been a different experience for me this meet.  With racing and exams I’ve struggled more than I thought I would, just with switching off and moving from one thing to another, but it’s something you just have to deal with as an athlete and being at Uni as well.

“The Uni in Stirling has been great allowing me to sit the exam in Edinburgh on Saturday, providing an invigilator and just adapting things to my needs.”

Cassie Wild was also on song for the Stirling squad, taking victory in the 100m backstroke in 58.72, ahead of team-mate Lotta Upanne who finished in 59.79 for silver. Edinburgh University’s Lucy Hope won bronze in 1:00.45. After the race, Wild said of her performance,

“I decided I was going to go out really hard and then I was just going to really work the underwaters, as at short course I knew how important that would be so it’s nice to know that all the little things I’m trying to do at training are working.”

Ross Murdoch, Aimee Wilmott and Callum Lawrie were the other individual winners for the University of Stirling and the team’s performance across the weekend helped secure the Top Club accolade finishing off the three-day Meet with 1452 points. Edinburgh University were runners up with 956 points, with City of Glasgow Swim Team finishing up in third on 620.50 points.

Freya Anderson (Ellesmere College Titans) won the Paisley 500 Trophy for best overall performance of the Meet, while her team-mates, Charlie Hutchison and Pia Murray picked up the top junior awards for a male and female athlete for their 400m freestyle and 200m backstroke respectively.

Anderson also won the best single performance by a female athlete for 200m freestyle, while Ross Murdoch won the award for best single performance by a male athlete for 200m breaststroke.

Other records broken today included Stephen Clegg (S12) 50m butterfly World Record – 25.30; Scott Quin (SB14) 200m breaststroke World Record  – 2:19.66; Louis Lawlor (S14) 200m freestyle Scottish Record – 1:58.99; University of Stirling (Duncan Scott, Craig McLean, Martyn Walton, Callum Lawrie) 4x100m Freestyle National Club Record –3:11.37; Warrender Baths Club (Katie Goodburn, Eve Corrigan, Olivia Mason, Natalie Jones) 4x100m Freestyle Scottish Junior Record – 3:52.26.

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

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

The programme for the event can be found HERE