Sunday, June 30, 2019

Edinburgh University secure Top Club Title

More Gold medal winning performances from Kara Hanlon and Lucy Hope on the final day of the Scottish National & Open Swimming Championships ensured that the Top Club accolade went to Edinburgh University.

Hanlon secured her breaststroke hat-trick with gold in the 50m event in a time of 32.01. She was pushed all the way by Katie Goodburn of Warrender who took silver and the junior title in 32.42 Hannah Miley won bronze in 33.24.

Lucy Hope took the top honours in the 100m freestyle final, touching home in 55.88 just ahead of team-mate Rachel Masson who took the silver in 56.49. Emily Horne from City of Glasgow Swim Team won bronze in 56.90.

Hope said of the final,

“We train together day in day out so racing against each other doesn’t feel that different. We had about five or six girls in that race so you just put what you’ve learned from training into the race and overall Edinburgh have performed really well across the meet.

Masson added,

“Certainly in the last two weeks  the block of training has been tough. We’ve been pushing the volume, pushing the intensity and coming into this we’ve been fatigued so it’s great to see how well we’ve done.”

The quartet of Lucy Hope, Kara Hanlon, Tain Bruce and Rachel Masson finished the event in style wtih victory in the 4x100m medley relay and so with a winning points total of 1416.50  Head Coach of Edinburgh University, Chris Jones, said of his squad’s performances,

“This meet always comes at a good time for us. We have lots of swimmers going off around the word to compete shortly, at the World University Games, which start next week, the World Championships, the British Summer Championships and then we’ve a number of athletes heading to the US Nationals with Scottish Swimming. So this is a really good meet to come into, practice your events, get your skills in place and get some good quality racing in.”

Talking about the overall performance from the athletes, Jones said,

“This is the business end of the season so the processes and the seeking out of those marginal gains becomes more apparent. The athletes going onto compete are finely tuning their performances . It’s not about the training anymore, its about getting those events, the race models in place and all the little touches to make sure that when the peak performances does come they’re in the place to do it.

“Mat (Trodden) has done a great job and the freestyle girls are really starting to hone in on some great performances with Lucy, Rachel and Kat all racing well here. The freestyle guys like David and Jack continue to push each other on too but then some of the younger guys are also beginning to push through and are keeping the senior athletes on their toes.”

The top ten team points were as follows:



Edinburgh University


City of Glasgow Swim Team


University of Stirling


University of Aberdeen Performance Swim 


Warrender Baths Club


Carnegie Swimming Club


South Lanarkshire Swimming


Arbroath St. Thomas


Perth City Swim Club


South Ayrshire Swim Team


The full list will be made available to download next week.

Stephen Milne of Perth City won the Eileen Adams Trophy for the top combined score in the 200m and 400m freestyle events.

Jon Law (University of Stirling) broke the S13 Scottish Record for 100m butterfly with a time of 1:05.81.

Kathleen Dawson from University of Stirling won the Best Performance by an athlete based on FINA points for her performance in the 100m backstroke final, which earned her 887 points.

All results from the Championships can be found at

You can watch all the action all over again on our YouTube channel,

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

Thanks to our hosts, Aberdeen Sports Village, our athletes and clubs who provided quality racing across the four day meet, the spectators who made the journey to support their teams, but most of all we would like to say #ThankYouVolunteers.