Thursday, April 8, 2021

British Record for Clegg on opening day of British Para-Swimming International Meet

The British Para–Swimming International Meet, which also incorporates the opening event of the World Para Swimming World Series and Britain’s Paralympic trial meet, began today at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.

Stephen Clegg led the charge for the Scottish athletes, with a British Record in the 100m freestyle. The Edinburgh University S12 athlete, finished in a time of 53.72 (851 points), a time also inside the qualification standard for Tokyo for his classification.

Speaking afterwards Clegg said,

“I’m pretty pleased with that. It’s not a main event for me so to secure a qualification standard on one of my secondary events is a good indication of the shape I’m in and a positive reflection on the training I’ve been doing so far this season.”

Clegg’s preferred event, the butterfly, comes at the weekend. He said,

“I like to get a race out of the way before my main event, where possible, so I’ve been fortunate this week with the way the event has been structured. It is good to go through the motions, get a feel for venue and the pool, and shake off any cobwebs. I can now look forward to the fly.

“All my focus and training has been geared towards the 100 fly and my goal with Chris (Chris Jones, Head of Performance Swimming, Edinburgh University) has been to get fit. In the past I’ve had a lot of speed but not a lot of fitness over the 2nd 50 so I’ve been working to get a lot stronger. The last 25 of my 100 fly is not usually very pretty to watch so we’ve been doing a lot of aerobic work and a lot of volume on fly to get me fitter for that back end of the race.”

In the same event, Oliver Carter (University of Stirling) lowered the Scottish Record (S10) yet again. Having broken it during the heats, he shaved almost another 0.1 off, to post 56.29.

Louis Lawlor (City of Glasgow Swim Team) was just 0.02 off his S14 Scottish Record for the event, while Glasgow team-mate, Gavin Roberts, took almost 1.5s off his PB to finish in 1:00.47. Conner Morrison (University of Aberdeen Performance Swim) also set a new PB for the event in 57.39.

Toni Shaw (University of Aberdeen Performance Swim) also showed good form in her 100m freestyle final. The S9 swimmer finished in the silver medal position for the world series event, with a time of 1:03.71.

Speaking after the final Shaw said,

“This is only the second competition I’ve had for a while and it is so fun to race again. I’ve definitely got some things to improve on for the next time, but I just feel so lucky to be able to race here and I’m genuinely so grateful to all the team and the volunteers for putting this event on.”

Speaking about her performance and posting a time within the qualification standard for Tokyo in her classification, Shaw continued,

“The 100m free would definitely be an option for me in Tokyo and I’m really happy I posted the time on the first day. I don’t have to stress about it for my other races. I do like the event and it is quite fun to swim. My main event is the 400m free and I have to wait until Saturday for that. I’m looking forward to it.”

Abby Kane (University of Stirling) and Jack Milne (Dundee City Aquatics) were also in action, with both contesting their respective 200m IM finals. Kane, SM13, made huge improvements on her heat time, finishing in 2:40.36, while Milne, SM14, put in a solid performance to finish in 2:21.59.

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