Saturday, March 12, 2022

Athletes continue to fine tune their skills ahead of British Championships

With the British Swimming Championships just over three weeks away, athletes continue to use the Edinburgh International Swim Meet to fine tune their race plans, strokes, turns, all while in the middle of a heavy training block. Despite this, few are showing any sign of fatigue, instead, racing hard and producing some thrilling finals.

Keanna Macinnes (University of Stirling) and Tain Bruce (Edinburgh University) had a great race in the 100m butterfly final, with Macinnes taking the touch for second place just 0.01 ahead of Bruce. Louise Hansson (Loughborough) took the win in 57.97 with Macinnes finishing in 59.49. Bruce, as mentioned, was just behind on 59.50 with Lucy Grieve (South Ayrshire) and Yasmin Perry (Aberdeen Performance) in fourth and sixth respectively (1:00.49 and 1:00.58).

Bruce said of her performance,

“I'm happy. And I've moved it on since this morning and I’ve moved it on from the Bangor meet two weeks ago. I would have liked to squeeze a little bit more out of it and glided a bit into my turn. I think if I tighten up my skills, I should be going back down towards my best.”

Duncan Scott again highlighted his versatility and stamina with a dominant performance in the 400m IM. Scott took command of the race from the off and touched home in a new meet record of 4:15.44. Charlie Hutchison (Loughborough) finished fourth in the final in 4:25.26.

Scott said of his performance,

“That was so hard. It's good though as it really challenges my technique and the skills around the wall. It’s a race I can learn a lot from.”

In the B final, Evan Jones (Millfield) secured his IM double, but was pushed all the way by Angus Allison (University of Stirling).

Scott’s University of Stirling team-mate, Lucy Hope, lined up alongside a number of her Tokyo Olympic team-mates in the 200m freestyle final. Hope held the pace well, finishing strongly for fifth in 2:00.45.

Freya Anderson (Bath NC) won the event in 1:58.42, with Aimee Canny (Plymouth Leander) and Freya Colbert (Nova Centurion) finishing in second and third place respectively (1:59.16 and 1:59.88. Abbie Wood of Loughborough was also in the mix for a podium finish but was just touched out and she finished fourth in 2:00.02.

Hope said of her preparation coming into the meet,

“Since I've moved to Stirling, it's just been a capacity building phase. We raced a couple weeks back in Northern Ireland and this weekend is just to move on from there and get the last little bit of fine tuning before trials. “I’ve still got a few weeks to build some more power and look at a few of those little extra things in training. It's just nice to be back and racing again and moving on from heats.”

In other events, Katie Shanahan (City of Glasgow Swim Team) finished second in the 400m IM, while Kara Hanlon (Edinburgh University) also finished in second in the 50m breaststroke final. Hanlon went onto compete in the skins event where she finished second behind Sarah Vasey. Hanlon’s Edinburgh team-mate, Scott Gibson, took victory in the 50m backstroke final while Cassie Wild (University of Stirling) finished second in her 50m backstroke event. Wild then went onto win the skins event.

Full results from the meet can be found on the EISM website 

All sessions can be watched again via the Streamscene Youtube channel.

The finals are also being streamed live by BBC Scotland Sport.

The Edinburgh International Swim Meet is taking place at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh from 11-13 March 2022.