Sunday, April 28, 2019

British Records and Qualifying Times for Shaw and Clegg

Toni Shaw and Stephen Clegg saved their best for the last day of the British Para-Swimming International Meet, incorporating the World Para Swimming World Series, both breaking British Records and both securing their place on the GBR team for the Para-Swimming World Championships in London later this year.

Having already secured her place on the GBR team for London with a British Record time of 1:08.07 in the heats, Toni Shaw, S9, (GBR/Cults Otters-University of Aberdeen Performance Swimming) backed it up with a strong swim to win a bronze medal in the World Series Final for 100m butterfly with a time of 1:08.52. After the final she said of her performances over both heats and final,

“I’m happy with today, and relieved. It was just all about getting the time. I was disappointed after the second day so it’s nice to finish the meet on a high. Gregor (McMillan) and I have been working on the back end of my race. I usually die on the second 50 and although I was tiring up it was a lot less than usual.”

Stephen Clegg, S12, (GBR/City of Sunderland) also secured his place on the GBR team for London during the heats, with a British Record time of 57.96 for 100m butterfly. Posting a time of 58.93 for the final, Clegg said of his final day’s racing,

“I’m really happy with today. My heat swim was a well-controlled race over the first 50, moreso than I was expecting it to be.  I wanted to make sure I had enough in the tank for the back end of the race, which is something I’ve struggled with in the past.”

Speaking about the prospect of competing at the World Championships, Clegg said,

“It will be my first time competing in London. I’ve heard so many great things about the pool there; I’m really excited for it.”

Andrew Mullen, S5, (GBR/City of Glasgow Swim Team) won silver and the national title in the MC 50m backstroke World Series Final, touching home in 38.18.. Afterwards he spoke about his performances over the course of the meet. He said,

“It’s been a decent four days. I think it’s important that no matter what the outcome of the meet is you learn from it and I’ve definitely done that. The fly was quite an experimental race for me and the backstroke was another opportunity for me to execute my race profile. The end goal times weren’t as quick as I wanted them to be but I’ve learned a lot this week and that’s a positive.”

Speaking about taking a different approach to his events, Mullen continued,

“I think it’s important to try new technical aspects under pressure. There’s only so far you can get replicating things in training and I knew coming here was a risk trying to do so. It maybe didn’t pay off in the fly but you have to do these things otherwise you limit how far you will evolve as a swimmer. I’m never scared to take a risk and if it doesn’t pay off there’s always next time.”

Other Scots competing in the World Series 100m butterfly final were Jack Milne, S14, (GBR/Dundee City Aquatics) 1:03.15, Louis Lawlor S14 (GBR/City of Glasgow Swim Team) 1:04.03, Scott Quin, S14, (GBR/Warrender Baths Club) 1:04.79 and Conner Morrison, S14, (GBR/Dyce-Aberdeen Performance Swimming) 1:05.27.

In the MC National Final for 100m butterfly, Jon Law, S13, (University of Stirling) finished in 1:06.05, Dylan Bleakley, S14, (Musselburgh) in 1:10.64 and Logan Smith, S14, (Motherwell & Wishaw) in 1:14.14.

In other finals, Beth Johnston S10 (GBR/Gala-BEST) finished the World Series Final 50m freestyle in a time of 31.89, while in the Men’s MC National 50m freestyle final, Jon Law finished in a time of 26.83.

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.