Thursday, April 15, 2021

Tokyo calling for Dawson and Wild

It was double delight for University of Stirling team-mates, Kathleen Dawson and Cassie Wild, as they took a 1-2 in the 100m backstroke final, and both inside the consideration time for Tokyo.

The fastest two going into the final, it was Dawson who led the charge, powering home to a Scottish Record time of 58.24, only 0.1 off the European Record, posted by Gemma Spofforth back in Rome. Wild touched home in a new PB of 59.51 and both girls within the 1:00.23 needed for Tokyo.

After the race, Dawson said,

“I’m over the moon with that, I really wasn’t expecting to go quite as but I’m delighted with it. I do feel that this has been a long time coming as I posted my first '59' time five years ago so it’s been a bit stagnant for a while. But, I’ve put the work in and it’s showing.”

Talking of the team around her, Dawson continued,

“I can’t thank the coaches and support staff enough across British Swimming and Scottish Swimming. They put in the hours as well and I’m genuinely grateful for all that they do. Looking ahead I will continue with the hard work, continue to enjoy my sport and apply myself to training. It really will be just business as usual.”

Her team-mate Wild, was equally delighted and said,

“It’s amazing to have done that with Kat (Kathleen Dawson) and to have done the time in the morning then back it up in the evening, I couldn’t ask for more.

“We’ve been doing Time Trials so I’ve become more consistent with my sub 60 performances and that’s given me confidence and I think that’s really shown when I’m racing. I know it was a PB but when I got out I knew there were things I could definitely do better, so I’ll look at those and put them into practice, and hope it all comes together for the Olympics. “

In the men’s 100m backstroke final, Craig McNally (University of Stirling) finished in 55.03 for fifth place.

Edinburgh University’s Kara Hanlon produced a two plus second PB in the final of the 200m breaststroke, finishing in 2:26.55. She said after her performance,

“I’m delighted. I haven’t really been focusing on the 200 so that was a bit of a surprise. I’m now looking forward and excited for my 100 on Sunday.

“We’ve been working hard since July. Having all that time out of the water made us realise how much we take for granted so we’ve just been doing as much as we can in each session and taking every day as it comes.

“Everyone has been amazing and racing here this week is so inspiring. I can’t wait for my next event.”

The finals session started with the fastest heat of the 800m freestyle, where Lauren Wetherell (Ellesmere Titans) finished in a time of 8:56.58. Tom Beeley (Plymouth Leander) was also in action in the final of the 200m butterfly where he finished fifth overall in 2:01.75.

Results from the Meet can be found HERE.

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