Friday, June 28, 2019 Strong performance from Murdoch ahead of World Championships test Ross Murdoch fine tuning his race plans ahead of the World Championships in South Korea next month Ross Murdoch was on dominant form in the 200m breaststroke on day 2 of the Scottish National & Open Swimming Championships, taking place at the Aquatics Centre in Aberdeen. Murdoch (University of Stirling) shot off from the blocks and looked strong throughout his race, coming home to take the touch in 2:12.22, well ahead of nearest rivals Dan Lim and Nick Quinn from Edinburgh University who won silver (2:17.64) and bronze (2:18.09) respectively. Murdoch, who is heading to South Korea for the World Championships next month, commented on his race, “This is my last chance to race before the World Championships and the focus around today was just about training and trying to get a training response from the day’s racing. It wasn’t about trying to pace the heats this morning it was about hitting it really hard and then seeing if I could get faster tonight. It was two max two hundreds today right from the gun and I’m feeling burst to be honest with you.” Speaking about the coming days, Murdoch continued, “I’ll use tomorrow as a bit of a recovery day so that next week when I start my taper and really push into this preparation phase, I can ramp up the intensity. I will really need to hit it from Monday.” Speaking about the World Championships, where he will race the 200m breaststroke, Murdoch said, “Success to me at the worlds would be a personal best time that I’ve been looking for since 2014. That swim in Glasgow still defines my career and I think the result will always define me, not only from a media or spectator point of view, but just from my own personal point of view. “For me there can’t be much to top that swim, but in terms of my time I’m not very happy to have peaked at 20 and I still feel I’ve got a lot more to give.” Junior swimmer Ellie Turner secured her first ever National Senior Title with victory in the 200m backstroke. The Carnegie athlete looked strong and powered home to win gold in 2:15.84. Isabel Jones (University of Stirling) won silver in 2:20.32 and Ellis Shiels (Milngavie & Bearsden) took bronze in 2:20.52. Afterwards Turner said of her performance, “That was good. I’m using this meet as preparation for the British Summer Meet in Glasgow in a couple of weeks’ time. I know how to race against Ellis and Izzy but I didn’t expect to go as fast as I did so I’m really pleased, especially as I’ve been ill for the past week. This has given me confidence that I’m moving in the right direction.” Kara Hanlon and Rachel Masson put in more good performances to help keep Edinburgh University pushing for the top club title. Hanlon took gold in the 100m breaststroke in 1:08.89, while Masson took the 50m freestyle title in 26.08. Hanlon said of her victory, “I’m really happy with that and particularly pleased at being down at the 1:08 mark again. I’ve not been at that sort of time since last summer so really pleased with that. It will give me confidence for the remainder of the season, which sees me at the British Summer Meet, but before that, the Island Games in Gibraltar. “The Island Games are really special. I’m from the Western Isles and it’s not often you get a chance to represent them. There’s a great spirit to the Games and I always leave them feeling really positive and happy, and I’m looking forward to them.” Ellie Simmonds made the journey up from her London base at Camden Swiss to race in Aberdeen. She took away a brace of gold medals from this evening’s events with gold in the 200m IM and the 100m breaststroke. Toni Shaw continued her good form breaking another Scottish Record, this time for S9 50m freestyle, where she posted 30.33. All results from the Championships can be found at www.swimscotland.co.uk The finals are being live streamed and can be watch on the following platforms: Youtube.com/scottishswimming Facebook.com/scottishswimming Twitter.com/ScottishSwim Bbc.co.uk/sport/Scotland 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.