Saturday, April 10, 2021

Shaw records 400m free consideration standard for Tokyo

On the penultimate day of the British Para–Swimming International Meet, which also incorporates the opening event of the World Para Swimming World Series and Britain’s Paralympic Trials, Toni Shaw recorded another Tokyo consideration time, this time in her preferred event, the 400m freestyle.

17-year old Shaw (University of Aberdeen Performance Swim) produced a controlled race in the final of the MC 400m freestyle, the event in which she won silver back at the World Para Swimming World Championships in London in 2019. Her time of 4:45.50 earned her 788 points and was well within the S9 standard for Tokyo.

Speaking after the race Shaw said of her performance,

“It was OK. I haven’t done that many 400s, I think this was only my fourth this year. Hopefully when I have a few more under my belt, it will keep getting quicker.

“While I think it could have been better, it was controlled. I am competitive, so I much prefer someone there in the next lane alongside me. That really pushes me on and makes me want to be quicker. Hopefully in a different race and in different circumstances I would go faster.”

Speaking about her favourite event, Shaw continued,

“I like the 400m freestyle because it’s a longer event. If you make a mistake at the start, it doesn’t really matter as you have time to right the wrong and make it up. You can’t do that in the sprint events like the 100 or 200.”

With only two competitive opportunities this year, Shaw said of her time in Sheffield,

“I am pleased so far with my performances. It is just great to be back competing, I have really missed it.”

In the men’s MC 400m freestyle final, Oliver Carter broke his own S10 Scottish Record, coming home in 4:19.21. The University of Stirling athlete said,

“It is very satisfying to continue to break records. In time trials I’ve been hitting out unofficial records, then in Manchester a few weeks ago I wasn’t swimming as fast as I would have liked. But here in Ponds Forge, things have come together and I’ve a couple of records in the bag.

“I’ve been very lucky in Stirling, we’ve had our own little training bubble with a number of swimmers and our coach Josh (Josh Williamson). We follow all the strict guidelines put in place for us to be allowed to train, and as well as the pool, we have access to the gym facilities too. It is a good set up.”

In other events Andrew Mullen S5 (City of Glasgow Swim Team) started his competition in the heats of the 50m fly. He will be back in action on Sunday in the 50m freestyle.

Mullen’s team-mate, Louis Lawlor S14 and Jack Milne, S14 (Dundee City Aquatics) contested the final of the 200m freestyle, where they finished in times of 2:01.75 and 2:08.21 respectively.

Earlier in the day, City of Glasgow Swim Team’s Gavin Roberts finished his competition following the heats of the 200m freestyle. With PBs across all his events, Gavin said of his racing,

“I’m very chuffed, especially after yesterday (100m breaststroke). I was very happy with my performance and thougt that was a great result for me. I was grateful to have made the final, it was such a great field, and I managed to focus on my own race and was delighted with the time.”

Speaking about his team-mates and training in Glasgow, the 21 year old said,

“Training has been going well and I must thank all the coaches who have been supporting me. I’d also like to say a special thanks to my team-mate Andrew Mullen. He is a big inspiration and always makes me want to do better. He has taught me a lot about stroke technique and the importance of timing and consistency, and I really want to thank him for helping me.”

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Results from the Meet can be found HERE.