Thursday, April 7, 2022

Flying Scott breaks British medley record

Duncan Scott produced an outstanding swim in the final of the 400m IM, to not only win the British Championship title, but break the British Record previously set by Max Litchfield at the FINA World Championships in Budapest back in 2017.

Scott, who up to now at the British Swimming Championships, has swum the 50m breaststroke, looked dominant after the morning heats, finishing top of the initial rankings with a time of 4:17.51. For the finals he stepped things up another level, taking the lead from the blocks and looking strong throughout.

With 25m to go, it was clear the time was going to be fast and the University of Stirling athlete, who won silver for the 200m IM event at the Tokyo Olympics, stormed to victory in a new British Record time of 4:09.18. Brodie Williams (Bath NC) took the silver medal in 4:14.69 with Jacob Greenow (Bath University) securing bronze in 4:18.41. Scott said of his performance,

“I’m still learning the event, but I’m obviously delighted with that time. I love watching Max [Litchfield] do that every year, he’s an incredible athlete and the times that he is able to do consistently around that 4:10 barrier is incredible, so I’m delighted to get that off him.

“I’ll look back and I’m sure there’s many areas for me to improve on but I’m really happy with that.”

When talking about the number of British Records he now holds (3), Scott continued,

“People keep taking them [British Records] off me! I’ve got to hope that my 100 Free stays tonight so that was an added incentive for me to get that 400IM record in case I get one taken off me tonight!  But I guess that’s why they’re there and it’s good to see them keep going in different events, and I guess it shows the depth we’ve now got in Britain - there’s so many people close to British Records in all events.”

In the same final, Mark Szaranek (University of Stirling) finished fifth in 4:20.75, with Charlie Hutchison (Loughborough NC) and Evan Jones (Millfield) finishing seventh and eighth respectively. Jones’s time of 4:24.57 was well within the consideration standard for the World and European Junior Championships.

Keanna Macinnes won the silver medal in the final of the 200m butterfly. The University of Stirling student had narrowly missed out on a Commonwealth Games consideration time during the heats, but showed strength in the final to touch home in 2:10.02 (consideration time was 2:11.00). Laura Stephens (Loughborough NC) took the British title in 2:08.11, with Holly Hibbott (Bath NC) winning bronze in 2:10.27. University of Aberdeen Performance athlete, Yvonne Brown, continued her run of finals swims, finishing eighth in 2:14.88.

Macinnes said of her performance,

“I’m delighted to have got under that consideration time. I was hoping to get even maybe further under it. But I’m still really pleased. Doing that in the 200 takes a bit of pressure off the 100. But I’d still like to do it again.

“I was kind of going for it in the heats but it’s difficult to do that in that sort of race. I wasn’t too disappointed that I didn’t get it in the heats because I always want to move it forward in the final. And that heat was faster than I did last year at trials when I did my PB.”

National Junior Team athlete, Madeleine Robertson, won the Priority Paris 200m butterfly final with a personal best time of 2:15.45. The Mijas (Spain) based swimmer is delighted with her performances at her first British Championships and said,

“I am so shocked by that as I have spent so, so long stuck on 2:17. And then I got to the wall and looked up at the scoreboard and couldn’t believe it, I am so excited.

This is my first British Championships. I live in Spain and to be honest we couldn’t really afford to fly over and stay a week here. Then Covid hit so this is my first time competing and warming up alongside the likes of Adam Peaty and Kathleen Dawson, Anna Hopkin, it is really special.”

Katherine Bailey of Perth City was in the same Priority Paris final improving her heat time by over 1.3s to finish sixth.

Evie Davis (Bromley SC) was the bronze medallist in the 50m freestyle final, putting in a powerful sprint to touch home in 25.39. The National Senior Squad athlete, who competed at the European Championships last year said of her performance,

“It’s a bit annoying to be honest, only 0.02 off the consideration time, and it’s off my PB, but it was a decent enough swim, definitely the best I’ve swum so far this season, so I am happy with it.

“I’ve still got the 100m free tomorrow so I’m looking to keep building on my performances this week. I’m also doing the 400m freestyle, that was just for fun, but I think I might regret that decision.”

Speaking about her goals for the season, Davis continued,

“The Commonwealth Games are definitely my goal for the season, that will depend on how I swim this week, but I will keep pushing hard and see what happens. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Davis was joined in the final by Emma Russell and Lucy Hope (both University of Stirling); they finished in fourth and fifth place respectively.

In the Priority Paris 100m freestyle final, it was a Scotland 1-2, with Fraser Agnew (Edinburgh University) and Finn Nicholl (Swansea University) fighting it out to the wall. Agnew took the touch in 50.88 with Nicholl close behind in 50.99.

Full results from all finals across the meet can be found here.

The Team Scotland selection policy for aquatics (including swimming, diving and para-swimming), can be found here.

Selection policies for the World Championships, European Championships, European Junior Championships and European Youth Olympic Festival can be found here.

The British Swimming Championships are being streamed live on the British Swimming YouTube page.