Thursday, April 25, 2019

Clegg opens campaign with British Record

Some of the best para-swimmers in the world have descended on Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre for the British Para-Swimming International Meet (BPSIM), which got underway today. Not only is the four day meet part of the World Para Swimming World Series, with selected athletes competing in World Series Finals (WSF), British athletes are also racing to secure national titles and selection for the Para-Swimming World Championships, which are taking place in London in September.

Stephen Clegg (GBR/City of Sunderland) broke the British Record in the WSF 100m freestyle final. The 23-year old S12 swimmer finished in 54.01, just 0.1 off the qualification standard for the World Championships.  That time placed him 12th overall, while Louis Lawlor, S14, (GBR/City of Glasgow Swim Team) came home in 55.58 for 7th and Jack Milne (GBR/Dundee City Aquatics), S14, finished in 23rd with 59.59 points.

Clegg said of his performance,

“I’m really happy with that. I’ve not had a PB for over 2 years in that event so I wanted to get quicker than this morning, which I did. I didn’t think that off the wall on the turn was as good as this morning, so that’s something to work on, but happy with it overall.”

Speaking about being so close to the qualifying time for the World Championships, Clegg said,

“I wasn’t really focussed on getting that QT today.  I was just trying to get closer to where I had been in the past for that event. I’ve got the 100 back on Saturday and 100 fly on Sunday and the fly is my main focus. I’ve been pretty close to the qualifying time in the event when unrested, so hopefully I’ve good swimming to come for the rest of the week.”

In the National final, Matthew Scott (Bridge of Don), Dylan Bleakley (Musselburgh) and Logan Smith (Motherwell  & Wishaw) finished in 7th, 9th and 10th respectively.

Toni Shaw (SM9) just fell shy of the qualifying time in the WSF for 200m IM. The Cults Otters swimmer who is coached by Gregor McMillan within the University of Aberdeen Performance Swimming programme, finished in 2:36.71. Despite it being a PB it was 0.09 off the time needed for London and the 15 year old spoke of her disappointment. She said,

“I mean it was a PB so it was a good race, but I’m really annoyed at being so close to the qualifying time. I knew from the heat that I just didn’t have the speed in my breaststroke. I don’t think I did it any quicker this evening and that’s something I will definitely have to work on for the next time.

“I’ve the 400m free tomorrow but my main one is the 100 fly on the last day, and that’s the one I’m really hoping to qualify in so fingers crossed for that one.”

Earlier in the evening Shaw broke her own Scottish Record (S9) for 100m freestyle (WSF), touching home in a time of 1:04.07. She finished 9th overall for the event with 859 points.

In the men’s WSF MC 200m IM WFS, Conner Morrison, SM14, from Dyce/GBR, who trains alongside Shaw at University of Aberdeen Performance, finished in a new  personal best time of 2:20.09. Scott Quin, SM14,  (GBR/Warrender) touched home in 2:21.55, while Louis Lawlor, SM14, (GBR/City of Glasgow Swim Team) also raced to a PB of 2:22.36.

Jack Milne, SM14, (GBR/Dundee City Aquatics) also contested a WSF in the event touching home in a time of 2:26.10, while in the National Final, Logan Smith, SM14, (Mortherwell & Wishaw) finished in 2:46.96.

In this morning’s heats, Oliver Carter (University of Stirling) broke the Scottish Record for S10 in the 100m freestyle touching home in 57.62.

Full results can be found HERE

The British Para-Swimming International Meet incorporating the World Para Swimming World Series, are being held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre from 25 to 28 April 2019.