Friday, December 10, 2021

First medals won at Scottish Winter Meet

The Scottish Winter Short Course Meet kicked off at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh today, with athletes making the most of the racing opportunity resulting in some very competitive finals.

European Junior teammates, Angus Allison and Evan Jones produced a thrilling 400m IM final, with Allison timing the charge to the finish to perfection to take the touch in a time of 4:14.60. Jones finished a very close second in a new Scottish Age Group Record (17 years) of 4:15.29. Allison’s University of Stirling team-mate, Pierce Greening, was third in 4:15.90.

After the race Allison said of the race,

“I’ve been racing Evan for a while, especially in IM. We went to the European Juniors together and have raced each other over 200s and 400s for some time. This swim was good, we’ve not had a tapered short course meet for a while so it was good to take some time off the short course PB and move it forward. It was a stacked field so I’m really pleased.”

Speaking about his new programme at the University of Stirling, Allison continued,

“I’m now at Stirling but we do a similar style of training style than we did at Warrender, my junior club. I love the atmosphere and my squad mates are really competitive. I just seem to be enjoying training way more than I was last year, when I felt I had outgrown my squad, I was just that bit too old. This year it’s great playing a bit of catch up with all the big names. I’m being motivated every day.”

Jones was equally happy with his performance and said,

“I’m pretty happy with that, I’ve not done that event much so it’s nice to get a big PB to start off the meet. Big credit to Angus, it was a very good race but overall, I’m happy with that.”

Speaking about the next eight months, Jones continued,

“It’s pretty hard to ignore that there’s a home Commonwealth Games next year. We are all doing out best to get on that team. All we can do is train hard, do our best in the race and hopefully the selections will take care of themselves.”

Lucy Hope continued her busy schedule, racing today and tomorrow ahead of competing at the FINA World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi.

Hope (University of Stirling) won the 100m freestyle final in a time of 53.50 with Tain Bruce (Edinburgh University) and Emma Russell (University of Stirling) in second and third place respectively – 54.35 and 54.76.

Hope said of the Meet,

“This is a bit of a different Scottish Short Course Meet for me this year. I’m just training through it as I prepare to head out to the World Championships on Sunday. It was a pretty solid time, I moved it on from this morning and it’s a good opportunity to ensure my skills are right ahead of next week.

“Any chance to race is good prep, racing is probably the best training you can do. I really love this meet and it will be helpful ahead of next week and the Worlds.”

Speaking about how busy the swimming year can be, Hope said,

“All things going well, I’ll have Worlds and Commies then the Europeans are just off the back of the Commies. Racing really is the best preparation. Being at ISL we raced back to back for four weeks. You’re surrounded by all these amazing athletes. I’m only 24 and still learning so I still try and absorb as much as possible. “

In other events Craig McNally (University of Stirling) won the 200m backstroke and Craig Benson (City of Glasgow Swim Team) and Kara Hanlson won their respective 50m breaststroke finals.

Earlier in the day Stephen Clegg (Edinburgh University) dipped under the S12 World Record (SC) for both the 100m freestyle (51.46) and 50m butterfly (24.98).

Full results can be found on the Swim Scotland website.

All sessions can be viewed on YouTube via our Live Steam

The Scottish Winter Short Course Meet is taking place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh between 10th – 12th December.