Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Dawson shows intent with British backstroke record

Kathleen Dawson continued her excellent racing form, which saw her run away with a clean sweep of backstroke titles from the British Swimming Selection Trials in London last month, with a British and Championship record in the semi finals of the 50m backstroke at the LEN European Championships in Budapest.

The University of Stirling athlete touched home in 27.19 breaking Georgia Davies’ record, which was posted at the same Championships held in Glasgow back in 2018. Dawson is fastest into tomorrow’s final, where she will be joined by University of Stirling team-mate, Cassie Wild. Wild also produced an excellent race, posting her first sub 28 time of 27.98.

After her semi-final, Dawson said of her performance,

“I couldn't have asked for anything better than that. To be swimming so well at this point in the season, it bodes well for the Olympics. The Olympics are all I've wanted since I was a kid, so to be able to go into the Olympics in a position to possibly go for a medal, it's more than I could've asked for.

“I'm looking forward to the final. I know people will be looking out for me, but this is just prep for the 100m for me, so I'll just go out and enjoy it. Everything that I'm applying in training is finally paying off for me.”

Cassie Wild said of her performance,

"I'm really happy with that swim, it was the first time under 28 and to get into the final is just a bonus. For me the 50 is a fun event so to PB in it twice realdy makes me excited to race the 100."

Lucy Hope will also be celebrating more success tonight after she secured her second gold medal of the meet, this time in the Mixed 4x200m freestyle relay. The Edinburgh University athlete swam in the heats alongside Calum Jarvis, Joe Litchfield and Abbie Wood, helping the GBR team secure lane 4 for the final. The final was swum by Tom Dean, James Guy, Abbie Wood and Freya Anderson, who won gold in 7:26.67, a new Championship Record.

All the results can be found HERE.