Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Scots take on US Nationals Challenge

“The US Nationals trip was everything we hoped it would be: high quality racing in a challenging environment where great morning heat swims were required to get back for evening finals." Alan Lynn, National Coach

The biggest swimming event in the US Calendar, the Phillips 66 US National Championships, came to a close last night, Sunday 4th August with strong representation from the Scots at the 5-day competition held in Stanford , California at the Toyoto Aqua Zone.

Scottish Swimming had a team of 9 at the event with a further 5 from England, Wales and Ireland; Tain Bruce, Kathleen Dawson, Lucy Hope, Rachel Masson, Craig McNally, Hannah Miley, Stephen Milne, Jack Thorpe, Cassie Wild, Emily Large, Jacob Peters, Nicholas Quinn, Chloe Tutton and Brodie Williams. There were further Scots representing the University of Stirling and University of Edinburgh competing at the meet.

This US meet is known to be one of the toughest in the international swimming calendar with incredible depth, fast swimming and strong competition but notable Scottish results from the meet include Hannah Miley who came 4th in the Women’s 400 Individual Medley final on Day 3 of the event in a time of 4:39.00. Miley went on to swim the 200m IM final securing 6th place with a time of 2:14.07 on the last day of the competition.

Craig Benson of University of Stirling had a good meet securing 5th place in the 200m Breaststroke final with a time of 2:11.27 and then had more success gaining an impressive 2nd place in the 100m Breaststroke final on Day 4 with a time of 59:79.

Mark Szaranek achieved 8th place in the 400m Individual Medley and Jack Thorpe had a fantastic swim to gain 8th place in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 22:37 equalling his Scottish record.

Craig McNally showed good form to gain 4th place in the 100m Backstroke in a time of 54:48 and secured 2nd place in the 200m Backstroke B Final with a time of 1:57.51.

Many of the athletes achieved a number of second swims including Tain Bruce in the 100m Butterfly, Lucy Hope in the 200m and 100m Freestyle, Stephen Milne in the 200m and 400m Freestyle and Scott McClay in the 100m Freestyle.

National Coach, Alan Lynn commented “The US Nationals trip was everything we hoped it would be: high quality racing in a challenging environment where great morning heat swims were required to get back for evening finals.

“I’m pleased that the swimmers responded well and set themselves up for the Olympic season with some encouraging performances.”

For full results from the competition please follow the link below http://www.omegatiming.com/2019/phillips-66-national-champs-live-results

For more information about this article please contact Helen Plank at Scottish Swimming h.plank@scottishswimming.com

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