Thursday, June 27, 2019

Shaw kicks off National Championships in British Record Style

The Scottish National & Open Swimming Championships kicked off in style at the Aquatics Centre in Aberdeen with local hero Toni Shaw setting a new British Record for S9 100m Butterfly in this evening’s first final.

The 15-year old University of Aberdeen Performance Swim athlete, who broke the S9 World Record for 200m fly at the World Para Swimming World Series in Berlin a few weeks ago, posted 1:08.04 during the morning heats and went 0.01 faster this evening. Natalia Chociaj of Aberdeen broke the S13 Scottish Record in the same event touching home in 1:21.60.

Shaw said of her performance,

“I was really happy with the heat swim this morning and I didn’t catch my time on the scoreboard but tonight also felt good.

“Berlin was a strong meet for me and I’m now very excited about the World Championships in London in September. I’m also nervous as I’ve not yet raced at a World Championships before but Gregor and I are working really well together and I can’t wait to see what I can do.”

Hannah Miley continued her comeback after ankle surgery and claimed another 400m IM National title in a time of4:47.11. Team-mate Orla Adam won silver in 4:52.92 and Yvonne Brown of South Lanarkshire picked up bronze in 4:54.91. After the race Miley said,

“It was a good training day.  I like racing Scottish Nationals, it gives you a sneak peek as to how the training has gone and how mentally tough you are to push through. There are a lot of swimmers who are heading out to World University Games, World Juniors, and World Championships so it’s hard to see a lot of super-fast swimming. People should be saving themselves for those meets. It does, however mean when you come here and race head to head, I can really work on my own competitive skills, especially when I’m fatigued.

“It’s been a long day. I was in the pool training at 5.30 this morning and it will be the same tomorrow.  I know the time is not my max or anywhere near where I want to be, but overall I feel I’m heading in the right direction and am pretty chuffed with my day.”

Kathleen Dawson (University of Stirling) also continued on her road to recovery after her knee injury taking the 50m backstroke title in 28.12. Team-mate Cassie Wild took silver in 28.61, while Edinburgh University’s Lucy Hope won bronze in 28.84.

Dawson said of her injury,

“Recovering from my knee injury has taken a long time. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs which has lead to some real doubts as to whether I would ever get back to where I was.

“I’ve had a lot of support from my coaches, my friends and my family and I’ve had a real desire to get back into it; it made me realise just how much I love the sport. “

Edinburgh University athletes made a strong start across a number of events with Tain Bruce taking gold in the 100m butterfly, David Cumberlidge and Jack Thorpe in a 1-2 finish in the 100m freestyle, while it was a clean sweep of the podium in the 200m freestyle with Kat Greenslade, Lucy Hope and Rachel Masson taking gold, silver and bronze respectively.

Other results of note were Ollie Carter, University of Stirling, who broke the S10 Scottish Record for 100m freestyle in 57.38.

All results from the Championships can be found at

The finals are being live streamed and can be watch on the following platforms:

The schedule f events can be found HERE.

The Scottish National & Open Swimming Championships are taking place at the Aquatics Centre, Aberdeen Sports Village from 27-30 June 2019.