Saturday, April 27, 2019

Quin races to breaststroke world record

Scott Quin sealed his position as one of the world’s top para-swimmers with a World Record breaking performance in the MC 100m breaststroke world series final on the penultimate day of racing at the British Para-Swimming International Meet incorporating the World Para-Swimming World Series.

Quin, SB14 (GBR/Warrender Baths Club), broke the world record in the heats with a time of 1:05.28. While he didn’t better that time in the finals, he did secure gold in a time of 1:05.53. After the race an elated Quin said,

“I’m happy with the way I swam tonight. I’ll sit down later with Kostas (Kalitsis) and evaluate things. It was always going to be very hard to go what I went this morning which was a 65.2. The final was 65.5 and that’s the first time I’ve posted 65s twice long course. I wasn’t really expecting to go faster tonight.

“I did feel more relaxed tonight but I do want to go away and analyse a few things and see where I can control myself a bit better. But it’s still very consistent and I’m not going to criticise myself.  I’m also really happy I executed the things Kostas asked me to do. Normally my brain wonders a wee bit and I stray away from the race plan and Kostas has to pull me back from things I want to do. Overall it has been a very positive day and I feel I’ve nailed most of the target goals for this first part of the season.”

Speaking about the World Para-Swimming World Championships in September, Quin finished by saying,

“I’m excited that the Worlds will be in London. The last major event there was London 2012 Paralympics and I just missed out on that.”

Conner Morrison SB14 (GBR/Dyce-Aberdeen Performance Swimming) finished 5th overall in 1:08.55.

Louis Lawlor SB14 (GBR/City of Glasgow Swim Team) swam another personal best time to finish in 1:16.34, while Gavin Roberts SB14 (GBR/City of Glasgow Swim Team) finished in 1:12.90 and Jack Milne SB14 (GBR/Dundee City Aquatics) touched home in 1:16.85.

In the national final, Matthew Scott SB14 (Bridge of Don) finished in 1:33.51.

Stephen Clegg S12 (GBR/City of Sunderland) broke the British Record on his way to World Series Final bronze in the 100m backstroke. The 23 year old who is coached by Danny Thompson, swam a solid race to touch home in 1:01.30, which was only 0.09 off the qualifying standard needed for the upcoming World Championships in London in September.

After the race Clegg said,

“The aim tonight was just to get within the British Record that I set back in Dublin last year. I stepped it up from this morning’s heat and took it out a lot harder in the first 50, which again was kind of a goal. I crashed the lane ropes a couple of times this morning so I was trying to  stay focussed on keeping my centre and I’m really happy with that time.”

Speaking about his main event focus, Clegg continued,

“The 100 back was my favoured event a couple of years ago but I took a bit of a break from it and I don’t train it that much anymore. My focus now is all geared around the fly so hopefully I can put in a big swim tomorrow in that.”

Louis Lawlor (GBR/City of Glasgow Swim Team) broke the Scottish Record he’d set in the heats in the same backstroke final. Lawlor touched home in 1:02.34.

In the national final, Dylan Bleakley S14 (Musselburgh) finished in 1:10.32.

In the women’s 100m backstroke event,  Beth Johnston S10 (GBR/BEST) improved on the Scottish Record she set this morning, by posting a time of 1:16.86 in her World Series Final.

Abby Kane S13 (GBR/North Ayrshire) finished in 1:10.93, a good improvement on her heat time. The Paralympic silver medallist for the event said of her performance,

“I’m glad I managed to improve from heats to finals, that was a goal and I managed to make the process goals that I had discussed with Jess (Wilkie), things like going into the turn fast, fast underwater and my stroke rate was consistent which is something I’ve worked a lot on in training so in terms of that I’m really happy.”

In the national final, Amy Macfarlane S14 (Motherwell & District) finished in 1:34.21.

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.