Friday, May 27, 2022

Close competition on Day One in Glasgow

Tollcross opened its doors to the third rendition of the Glasgow International Swim Meet on Friday, with swimmers from across the UK, and Europe, descending on Scotland’s largest city to compete.

The event gives the first racing opportunity for many since British Championships and the Scottish National Age Group Championships, as the lead up to a busy summer of events begins.

With Commonwealth Games, World Championships, British Summer Meet, and Scottish National Events taking place in the coming months, swimmers wasted no time in dusting off the racing cobwebs to entertain the Tollcross crowd.

Charlie Hutchison shook off the disappointment of dropping out of the British Championships to take an impressive victory in the 200IM, with the Loughborough swimmer securing a time of 2:03.10 – 2.36 seconds quicker than his heat. Charlie lead the whole way, holding off Stirling University’s Tony Joe Trett Oliver and Mathias Christensen of Denmark.

Charlie said: “I just wanted to be really aggressive tonight – the heat swim got the cobwebs out the system, but I knew I had to bring that aggression out for that one and I definitely suffered for it, I’m very sore!

“With Duncan [Scott] not racing that one it meant I had a chance for the victory, but as always I just raced my own race, and managed to lead from the front.

The Loughborough swimmer, who has had a challenging long course season said: “My short course season was really strong, but about 6 weeks before trials I caught viral fatigue which meant I could hardly swim. Everything was a chore – even walking up the stairs was hard.

“I swam trials, came eighth in the 400IM, and sadly had to pull out of the rest of the meet, which meant I missed the chance to be nominated for the Commonwealth Games, and I was very upset about that. After talking to my coach, we decided I just couldn’t jeopardise the rest of the season, so I’ve picked myself back up and we move on.

“Thinking of the times I’ve had away with teams already has helped me, and I know that my time will come again. This one might hurt but another chance will come.”

Keanna MacInnes clinched victory in what was an extremely tight 100m Butterfly final in 59.10, ahead of fellow Commonwealth nominee Tain Bruce (59.82) and Aberdeen’s Yasmin Perry (1:00.49). Keanna was second at the 50m mark but pulled it back with a strong back end.

The University of Stirling swimmer said: “That was good, I was focusing on keeping my first 50, similar to this mornings, and then just seeing how much I could push on in the back 50. I know my front end comes along well with taper, so my target is bringing that back end down.

“A lot of this period of the season is just playing around with tactics. It’s been picked up recently in training that when I’m doing pace sets, that if I start of more chilled and then build my stroke up then I get a lot better results, with less effort. That swim showed that it was working, I think it was quite positive.”

Speaking of the rest of the meet, Keanna said: “Taking from that it should hopefully be positive. Again, I’ll just be playing around with a few things, especially on my 200 Fly, with the second 50, and just continuing to keep making progress where possible.”

The last swim of the day saw a cracking battle between Commonwealth Games nominees Archie Goodburn (University of Edinburgh) and veteran Breaststroker Craig Benson (City of Glasgow). The pair were part of the stunning 50m Breaststroke hear race at British trials alongside Ross Murdoch, which saw three Commonwealth Games considerations times posted. On this occasion it was Craig Benson who took the plaudits, with a time of 28.02.

Elsewhere, the 200m Backstroke final saw an impressive duel between Cassie Wild (University of Stirling) and Honey Osrin (Loughborough), with the Loughborough swimmer coming out on top, with a time 2:13.00 to Cassie’s 2:13.28.

Cassie said: “that’s the first time this year I’ve done the 200 back long course, so I just wanted to get back in and get used to swimming it again.

“This meet is about tactics and trying to get on top of them again – but also getting used to the discomfort again – the 200 is hard.

“Trials wasn’t at all what I wanted it to be, so I’m just trying to move it on from there. I’ve struggled with illness, I’ve had my shoulder injury and I wasn’t swimming for quite a while so it’s kind of nice to feel like my old self again.”

Bromley swimmer Evie Davis was also on good form on Friday evening, pipping World Championship squad member Lucy Hope to the 50m Freestyle title, with a time of 25.97. Edinburgh’s Kara Hanlon also touched home to victory, with a comfortable win in the 50m Breastsstroke, with the UoE swimmer coasting to first in 31.33, ahead of 17-year-old Dane, Schastine Tabor.


The Glasgow International Swim Meet is taking place from 27-29 May, at Tollcross International Swimming Centre. All sessions can be watched live here

Full results can be found here