Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Scott edged out by Guy in butterfly battle

Great friends out the pool and great rivals in the pool made for a classic tussle between James Guy and Duncan Scott in the final of the 200m butterfly on day two of the British Swimming Championships being held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.

Guy (Bath NC), as expected, shot off the blocks and powered his way through the first 100m, turning at the half way point 0.80 clear of Scott. Scott (University of Stirling), however, has great strength in the back end of the race and cut Guy’s lead considerably moving closer to the shoulder with Guy on every stroke. The lead was too much, however, and Guy took the title in 1:56.51, with Scott having to settle for silver in 1:57.00. Jacob Peters of Poole won bronze in 1:59.14.

Afterwards Scott commented,

“I’m disappointed with that to be honest with you, it’s a bit off my best and I think there was more in the tank. It’s obviously an event I don’t swim often so when I do I’ve got to make the most of it and put in a good performance.

“I came back pretty quickly, quite strong on the last 50; the first 50 was good as well but it’s that middle 100 that cost me but it was a solid way to start and not far off my best. It has set me up well for the rest of the meet. I’ve a big day tomorrow with the 100m freestyle. The plan is to see how fast I can go compared with 2017 when I went 47.9 (British Record). That will be a good battle, lots of good lads going in that, and it will be interesting to see what happens in the heats and then see what happens after that.”

Tom Beeley (Plymouth Leander) finished 6th in 2:00.80.

Kathleen Dawson was delighted with her continued progress back to form following knee surgery, as she won bronze in the 100m backstroke in 1:01.12, just ahead of University of Stirling team-mate, Cassie Wild, who touched home in 1:01.13.

The title went to Georgia Davies of Loughborough in 1:00.31 with Jessica Fullalove (Bath NC) winning silver in 1:00.84. Afterwards Dawson said,

“I’m really happy with that. To come back from injury and then every time I race progress like that, it’s really great.“I’ve had so much support from the University of Stirling, the Scottish Institute of Sport and I feel that British Swimming have had my back throughout this time; so many amazing people looking after me.”

Speaking about season expectations after such a serious injury, Dawson said,

“I just wanted to come in and see how well I could swim, try and progress with every swim and keep a consistent training programme in the pool because there have been a lot of ups and downs where I’ve not wanted to be in the pool and it is just great to come in and go close to my PB.”

Adam Peaty secured the double with victory in the 50m breaststroke. He powered home in a modest time for him of 26.49. Ross Murdoch and Craig Benson (University of Stirling) won silver and bronze respectively with 27.45 and 27.74. They’ll be back on Friday to contest the 200m breaststroke. Mark Campbell from Aberdeen came home in sixth in 28.47.

Murdoch said of the race,

“That was good to just get out and continue in the meet and I got a good gauge as to where my speed is. It also helped me put my 100 into perspective. Last night I was only out 0.4 slower than that and if that’s what I’ve got right now at my top end speed then I’m pretty excited about Friday (200m breaststroke).

Other Scottish Open finalists this evening were Emily Horne (City of Glasgow Swim Team)-50m butterfly, Craig McNally (University of Stirling)-100m backstroke and Hannah Miley (University of Aberdeen Performance Swim Team)-200m breaststroke.

Full results can be found HERE

The British Swimming Championships are being held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre fro 16 to 21 April 2019.