Saturday, June 29, 2019

Scott claims victory in final race ahead of World Championships

With a little over three weeks until the start of the swimming competition of the FINA World Championships, Duncan Scott looked relaxed and confident as he powered to victory in the 200m IM on the penultimate day of racing at the Scottish National & Open Swimming Championships in Aberdeen.

Scott, who won silver in the event at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, was in control from the off, and took a comfortable win in 1:59.80. His University of Stirling team-mate, Callum Lawrie won silver in 2:04.53, while Thomas Paine of City of Manchester Aquatics secured bronze in 2:06.08.

The Commonwealth Games silver medallist for the event said of his performance,

“This was all about fine tuning rather than what time I posted. Although that’s difficult to ignore as it’s the first thing you tend to look at. It’s so close now that all you really want to work on are the little things, the things you want to carry over to the World Champs, the skills, the turns, the kicks of the wall, the stroke count etc. Going into the final there were a number of things I wanted to do, some I executed, others I didn’t. All in all it was a positive race for me.”

Looking ahead to the World Championships in South Korea next month, Scott continued,

“This will be my third World Championships and they’ve all been a good stepping stone for me. The first one I was there as a relay alternate and I was able to just go there and gain experience. That was in 2015 and I learned a lot. Then in 2017 I had my first individual swims on that stage, getting to do the 100m free and my first 200m free internationally, and then more relays. Each time it’s been a good opportunity to keep moving forward and to add other events. This time I’ll have the 200m IM for the first time for GBR on a World stage.

“I think with British Swimming the quality and quantity of athletes gets better and better. It’s a really good thing but at the same time it gets harder to make the team.  I’m excited to be with a great group and I’m looking forward to racing.”

Multi Paralympic Gold Medallist, Ellie Simmonds (Camden Swiss), secured her third open title of the meet, with gold in the MC 400m freestyle final. Having taken gold in yesterday’s 200m IM and 100m breast stroke finals, the 24 year old S6 athlete looked relaxed as she came home in 5:31.64. Toni Shaw S9 (University of Aberdeen Performance) won silver in 4:44.90, while Erin Swan S10 of North Lanarkshire picked up bronze in 5:53.25.

Afterwards Simmonds said,

“It’s been a really good meet, I’m enjoying it a lot. For me it’s a swim through meet as I’m preparing for the World Championships in London in September so that’s what I’m focussed on.

“I’ve used the event as an opportunity to get in and race a few events. None of them have gone particularly well,  but that’s understandable when I’ in heavy training. I’ve really just been concentrating on executing my race skills and what a bonus that I’ve been able to explore Aberdeen too. It’s been really nice.”

Speaking about her return to the sport after a brief break, Simmonds continued,

“After Rio I wasn’t in a good place with my swimming, so I decided to take a year out. I’m now back in the pool and have based myself in London at Camden Swiss. I’m back with my coach Billy and coach Adam and I’m really, really enjoying it, trying to balance swimming with being a 24 year old and trying to live as normal a life as I can.”

In other events, Kara Hanlon (Edinburgh University) held off a late challenge from Hannah Miley to take her second breaststroke title of the meet, with gold in 200m final. Hanlon touched home in 2:30.15 to Miley’s 2:30.53. Miley’s University of Aberdeen team-mate, Orla Adams, won bronze in 2:31.58.

Katie Robertson of South Ayrshire Swim Team looked thrilled with her victory in the 50m butterfly final. She touched home in 26.92 ahead of Emily Horne (City of Glasgow Swim Team) and Yasmin Perry (University of Aberdeen) who won silver and bronze respectively.

Edinburgh University’s David Cumberlidge and Jack Thorpe continued their rivalry in the sprints with Cumberlidge just getting the better of Thorpe in the 50m freestyle. He touched home in 22.29 for gold with Thorpe taking silver in 22.75. Calum Bain from University of Stirling won bronze in 22.98.

In the MC 50m free final Ollie Carter from University of Stirling broke the S10 Scottish Record for the event with a time of 26.79.

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.

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