Sunday, April 18, 2021

Scott closes out Meet with sensational British Record

It was a hotly anticipated race and Duncan Scott breaking another British Record was a fitting finale to the British Swimming Selection Trials, being held at the London Aquatics Centre.

It took a time of under 1:48 to even make the final of the 200m freestyle and the race itself did not disappoint. With Tokyo consideration times for individuals and the 4x200m relay at stake, the eight athletes gave it their all. It was the centre two lanes however of Duncan Scott (University of Stirling) and Tom Dean (Bath National Centre) who really fought it out.

Dean took an early lead but at the 100m mark Scott had regained control of the race. While Dean made a charge for touch, Scott powered to victory in a new British Record time of 1:44.47, which also ranks him number one in the world this year for the event. Dean’s time of 1:44.58 was also well insider the consideration time for Tokyo.

After the race, Scott said,

“I’m delighted with the time but I think just to get the win in that sort of field is really good. It is my first 200 free time since tapered in August 2019, so it’s been a while. I believe Deano (Tom Dean) missed out the 1.45 and went from 1.46 to 1.44 so fair play to him. It is looking really good for our 4 x 200 so if we can just carry this on it’ll be great.”

Asked about just how close the race was, Scott continued,

I probably didn’t look, but I guess I just tried to stay composed. I trust what I’ve been doing in training and what I’ve done for the last couple of years, but by the end I was just trying to hold my stroke together because I was hurting.”

Speaking about relay prospects, Scott said,

“I think we were a little disappointed with 2019, but it was a really strong field by the rest of the world. There was 1.45’s everywhere and we were a relatively young team as well.  I’m really looking forward to the 4x200; I think everyone that was in that race should be as well along with the rest of British swimming.”

In the 50m freestyle final, Lucy Hope (Edinburgh University), Evie Davis (Bromley) and Emma Russell (University of Stirling), all produced PBs. Hope finished in 25.13 while Davis’ time of 25.27 was a British Age Group Record (16 years). Russell finished in 25.54.

Hope’s Edinburgh team-mate, Kara Hanlon, also produced an excellent PB in the final of the 100m breaststroke. Hanlon finished third overall for the event in 1:08.00. She said of her performance,

“I’m happy enough with that but I wanted to get closer to the Scottish Record (1:07.67) and try and grasp it, but it wasn’t to be tonight. I was feeling so great coming into this meet, I think we are all just so grateful to have been able to train and compete. I think we all feel very privileged and very lucky to be here. I don’t think we could have asked for much more.”

Speaking about having Scott Quin as a training partner, Hanlon said,

Scott’s a great training partner and everyday is different with Quiny. We get on so well and he pushes me everyday and I hope I push him too. We work well together and work well alongside Mat (Trodden, Coach).

In the 200m backstroke final, Craig McNally (University of Stirling) finished in a time of 1:58.93, while in the women’s 1500m freestyle, Lauren Wetherell (Ellesmere Titans) finished in a time of 17:16.18 and Kailyn Hall (University of Aberdeen Performance Swim) in 18:03.36.

Speaking at the end of the Meet, National Coach at Scottish Swimming, Alan Lynn, said,

“The performance from our leading swimmers have been outstanding this week in London. Evidencing their resolve and commitment to excellence amidst the pandemic, the quality of swimming has been fantastic.

“Keenly anticipated following last year's postponed Olympics, the racing was always going to be close and didn't disappoint. We await selection decisions in due course and congratulate those who have made Tokyo consideration standards."

Scottish Swimming would like to extend our thanks to all staff and volunteers at British Swimming for creating a safe, positive and friendly event bubble; and a sincere thanks to all the volunteers who have supported the sport in getting back to the water, in the lead up to these performance events.

Results from the Meet can be found HERE.

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