Friday, April 26, 2019

Scottish Record for newcomer Bolan

Her name might not be as well-known as many of the athletes at the British Para-Swimming International Meet, incorporating the World Para-Swimming World Series, but Kate Bolan’s name will be one to look out for in the future, as she broke the S12 Scottish Record for 400m freestyle, a record which has stood since the Seoul Paralympic Games back in 1988.

Making her BPSIM event debut, 15-year old Bolan (Swim-IT), raced in the MC 400m freestyle national final, touching home in 6:03.28. Not only was that a personal best time of almost 30 seconds, but it broke the record set by Angela McDowell over 30 years ago, when McDowell was competing at the Paralympics.

Speaking of both her performance and experience at this meet, Bolan said,

“It feels amazing to have broken the Scottish Record, I’m really happy with that. “I’ve been mainly focusing on my pace and working hard at any sort of technique that could help make improvements on my race.

“This event is a totally new experience for me with the flashing lights, live streaming,  the announcements that get made. It’s really great. And it’s so amazing to see all the Paralympians here and getting the opportunity to speak with them. I love it.”

Speaking about how she’ll use the experience, Bolan continued,

“This event is so good. There are not many S12s who participate and it would be great to encourage more with that sort of impairment to come and compete and know they’re worthy of competing at such a meet.”

Erin Swann of Motherwell & Wishaw finished the same final in 5th.

Toni Shaw was off the pace she set to win gold at the World Para Swimming European Championships in Dublin last year, finishing her 400m freestyle World Series Final in a time of 4:47.75. Despite saying last night that she didn’t think she’d make the qualifying time for the 400m free today, the 15 year old S9 athlete from Aberdeen was disappointed and said,

“It wasn’t great. I need to put that one behind me and focus on the 100 fly on Sunday.”

Abby Kane, S13, (North Ayrshire) and Beth Johnston, S10, (BEST) finished the 400m free WSF in 5:00.55 and 5:36.02 respectively.

In the men’s MC 400m freestyle WSF Ollie Carter, S10, (University of Stirling) finished in 4:27.22

“I haven’t PBd all season, but all season I’ve been getting quicker. That final was faster than I went this morning, which is faster that I went two weeks ago, so I feel I’m definitely heading in the right direction with it.”

Speaking about the race itself, Carter continued,

“Everything technically was so much better than this morning. There’s a lot more tactics involved in a 400 than there is in a 50 for example. I know I have to be more mindful of other and that’s what my coach (Josh Williamson) and I have been working on. We’ve done a lot on pacing knowing when to push it and knowing when to hold back. I went out too fast this morning so held back a bit more tonight, which gave me the extra power to finish off strong.”

In other finals, Andrew Mullen (GBR/City of Glasgow Swim Team) was the top British athlete in the Men’s MC 50m fly WSF final, finishing in a time of 38.37.

In the Men’s MC 200m freestyle WSF, Louis Lawlor S14, (GBR/City of Glasgow Swim Team) finished in 2:03.23, Conner Morrison S14 (GBR/Dyce-University of Aberdeen Performance) in 2:05.94, while Jack Milne S14 (GBR/Dundee City Aquatics) touched home in 2:10.26.

In the National Final, Matt Scott (Bridge of Don), Dylan Bleakley (Musselburgh) and Logan Smith (Motherwell & Wishaw), all S14, finished in times of 2:21.35, 2:22.24 and 2:24.90 respectively.

In the Women’s MC 200m freestyle National Final, Amy Macfarlane S14 (Motherwell & Wishaw) finished in a time of 2:44.27.

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.