Friday, April 9, 2021

Lawlor and Quin secure consideration times for Tokyo

Day 2 of the British Para–Swimming International Meet saw Louis Lawlor and Scott Quin both achieve Tokyo consideration times in their main backstroke and breaststroke events.

Louis Lawlor (City of Glasgow Swim Team) was an agonisingly close 0.25 off the Tokyo consideration time following his 100m backstroke heat this morning, so knew the pressure would be on him for tonight’s final. The bronze medallist in the event at the World Para Swimming World Championships in London 2019, Lawlor controlled his race well and touched home in a time of 1:01.47, 0.2s inside the S14 standard needed for Tokyo. Speaking after the race, Lawlor said,

“Oh my word, that was not an easy swim but it really is a dream come true just to be in this position at the moment with all the Covid restrictions. To get that time in the final tonight I am really delighted. I was aiming to get the time this morning, just missed out, but tonight I proved a point and went out and got it.”

While it looked a relaxed race, Lawlor spoke of his performance and said,

“The first 50 I took it out very controlled, the second 50 my legs just died but I was determined to keep going and give it everything.  Danielle (Brayson, coach at City of Glasgow Swim Team), told me to go out and enjoy the swim, do the best I can and to have a very strong finish. “

Having made his international debut in London in 2019 Lawlor spoke of the prospect of going to Tokyo. He said,

“It would be a dream come true to be on the team for Tokyo. I mean the World Para Champs in London back in 2019, I didn’t expect to come away with a medal from my one swim. If I could do that in Tokyo it really would be the biggest dream, the biggest tick in the box.”

Lawlor finished by saying,

“Never give up on your dreams, no matter what the situation. Come back strong, work hard and it will pay off one day.”

Scott Quin dominated the 100m breaststroke event with solid performances in both the heat and the final. Quin (SB14) took victory in a time of 1:05.97, well inside the consideration time for Tokyo and was pleased with her performances. He said,

“I’m quite happy with my days racing. Consistency is the key thing I’ve been looking at. I’ve not arrived here fully tapered so for me it is all about focussing on the process, see what I can do, and yes, I’m happy with the outcome.

“It’s two years now since I’ve been within the consideration time for Tokyo. Looking back at what we’ve been doing at the Manchester Meet and Time Trials I’ve been getting quicker and quicker. I feel I have been climbing a mountain but have now reached the Lodge, so I can camp out for a day or two, then we go again from Monday.

“I’ve been training with Mat (Trodden) at Edinburgh University since July because of the Covid situation, and there I’ve got a great bunch of breaststroke buddies to train with. It’s all going well and I feel like I’ve found that piece of the jigsaw I’ve been looking for. It was tough to change to a new programme but I did it for me, and my support team, from physios, to S&C, to the coaches, we all fit together and it is pure gold.”

The 100m breaststroke final finished with a Scottish 1-2-3, with Conner Morrison, SB14 (University of Aberdeen Performance Swim) placing 2nd in 1:08.61 and Gavin Roberts SB14 (City of Glasgow Swim Team) 3rd with another PB of 1:09.67. Jack Milne SB14  (Dundee City Aquatics) finished 6th in 1:11.21.

The evening session kicked off with the women’s 100m backstroke final, where Abby Kane S13 (University of Stirling) finished fourth overall in 1:14.48.

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Results from the Meet can be found HERE.