Wednesday, April 14, 2021

British Record for Duncan Scott on opening day of British Swimming Selection Trials

It was a finale worth waiting for as Duncan Scott stormed to victory in the 200m IM final in the last event of the opening day of the British Swimming Selection Trials 2021, taking part at the London Aquatics Centre.

University of Stirling athlete, Duncan Scott, produced an outstanding swim across all four strokes to storm to victory in a new British Record time of 1:55.90. The time is also well within the consideration standard for Tokyo ,and while Scott has been preselected for the Games, he was delighted with her performance. He said,

“It is great to do a long course tapered meet again and it’s a pleasure to be out here racing. I really enjoyed that, it was a strong field with plenty of guys who have been sub two minutes and beyond that as well.

“In terms of consideration times, it’s a bit different from other years, there are other opportunities for the guys to go quicker than what we’ve posted. I’m really happy at how I swam and it’s now about looking back on it and seeing how I can improve in the coming weeks and months. “

While Scott was announced as pre-selected athlete onto TeamGB for Tokyo, he is not taking anything for granted; he said,

“As much as it’s great to be pre selected I’ve got no events guaranteed. The depth of talent in British Swimming across so many events is enormous and I’m just pleased to be on it on day one.”

Stirling team-mate, Mark Szaranek, and Warrender Baths Angus Allison, finished in 5th and 8th places respectively.

Scott’s team-mate, Keanna MacInnes, broke the Scottish Record in the 100m butterfly, finishing 4th for the event in 58.78. Yasmin Perry (University of Aberdeen Performance Swim) and Tain Bruce (Edinburgh University) finished 7th and 8th respectively.

Edinburgh University’s Lucy Hope swam a PB in her 200m freestyle. The 24 year old finished in a time of 1:57.65 and said of her performance,

“I had a bit of an issue this morning in my warm up when the muscles in my neck completely tightened so I was really struggling to turn on my breath. I saw the physio after that and got ready for tonight.

“I’m really happy with the swim, yes I wanted to go slightly quicker to go under that time, but I can’t really complain about a PB. I’ve not really swum a good PB in that for about three years so good to get a significant chunk off.

“My focus is fully on the 100 so this is kind of a fun warm up although I’m not sure how fun a 200 free is. But it was good to blow off the cobwebs.”

University of Stirling’s Emma Russell also finished in a PB with a time of 2:00.63.

In other events, Charlie Hutchison (Loughborough NC) swam a massive PB in the heats of the 400m freestyle (3:54.10) and he wasn’t far off repeating it in the final; he finished 7th overall in 3:54.26 with University of Stirling’s Stephen Milne 8th.

Hannah Miley also made a welcome return to racing following shoulder surgery posting a time of 4:45.00 for 400m IM to finish 3rd. Aimee Wilmott (University of Stirling) won the event in a Tokyo consideration time of 4:35.70. City of Glasgow Swim Team’s Katie Shanahan finished 4th with Miley’s Aberdeen team-mate, Orla Adams in 6th.

Miley said of her return,

“A lot of people may look at my time and think that it’s not very quick, but so much has gone on in the last year with Covid, then in October I had major shoulder surgery and I was told it would take me a year to get back to where I needed to be so to even be here and compete is a huge achievement in itself. I really didn’t expect my recover to be as good as it has been.

“Four weeks ago I couldn’t even finish a 400m IM so my first full 400m IM was in training last week so I came into this meet really unsure of where I was going to be at. There’s another racing opportunity to June so I do have my eye on that to see if I can get closer to the time.”

Speaking about friend and medley rival, Aimee Willmott achieving the consideration time for Tokyo, Miley said,

“I was so chuffed for Aimee. I tried to wave to her to say congratulations, because I know it’s so hard to do a 400m IM out on her own to get that time, so I’m really pleased for her. For her, it’s kind of come full circle: qualified here for her first Games in 2012, and then to come back here again to qualify for a third Games, I’m really pleased for her.

“It’s great to have those rivalries, because we push each other. For me, I’ve been in front, then she’s caught me up and now she’s in front; I kind of feel she’s somebody I want to keep chasing after. It certainly helps my motivation and mentality in training and racing.

Ross Murdoch was also in good form finishing 3rd in the 100m breaststroke in a time of 59.51. Archie Goodburn (Loughborough NC) was 6th with Stirling’s Craig Benson back in action to finish 7th.

Results from the Meet can be found HERE.

Click HERE to watch every heat and finals swim from the British Swimming Selection Trials.