Monday, July 1, 2013

Seven Scots on World Championships Team for Barcelona

Seven Scottish swimmers are celebrating their selection onto the GBR swimming team heading for Barcelona later this month, following the British Gas Swimming Championships in Sheffield last week.                                

Michael Jamieson, Robbie Renwick, Hannah Miley, Craig McNally, Ross Murdoch, Dan Wallace and Jak Scott all received the email this morning informing them of their selection.

Jamieson (British Gas ITC Bath) posted the fastest time in the world this year for the 200m breaststroke and will also compete in the 100m event, alongside Ross Murdoch (British Gas ITC Stirling) who will make his World Championship debut when the action gets underway in Barcelona on 28th July.

Robbie Renwick (City of Glasgow) was victorious in the 200m and 400m freestyle finals in Sheffield, while Hannah Miley (Garioch) will compete in her favoured 400m IM event.

Warrender’s Craig McNally powered to victory in the 200m backstroke securing his selection for Barcelona while team-mate Dan Wallace who trains in Florida alongside Ryan Lochte will make his senior debut in the 400m IM.

Jak Scott (University of Stirling) also showed a return to form and will compete in the freestyle relay events.

For Jamieson the prospect of the World Championships, after a difficult preparation for the national championships, is an exciting one.

“I was surprised by my swims at the nationals after a couple of ropey months leading into Sheffield,” said the Scot. “But those performances have given me renewed confidence for the World Championships.

“It’s a very different approach for Britain’s swimmers this year with the trials coming so close to the World Championships but overall I’m pleased with the progress made.

“I now have a training camp where I’ll work on my final preparations and I’m looking forward to challenging for a sub 2:07.00 time in Barcelona.”

Performance Director for Scottish Swimming, Ally Whike, commented,

“I was impressed by the performances of the Scots at these Championships and credit must go to the athletes and their coaches for some positive results.

“It’s been different with this trials taking place much later than usual - coaches have done a great job in adjusting to this. The challenge now will be improving again in Barcelona.”

Chief Executive of Scottish Swimming, Forbes Dunlop was also impressed by the results, and said:

“It was fantastic to see so many athletes perform well, when it really mattered.  Seven Scots on a team of 27 is excellent and on behalf of Scottish Swimming I’d like to congratulate the athletes and their coaches who achieved selection and look forward to following their progress in Barcelona and beyond into 2014.”

The FINA World Championships take place in Barcelona, Spain between 19th July – 4th August.

Swimming takes place between Sunday 28th July – Sunday 4th August
Diving takes place between Saturday 20th – Sunday 28th July
Synchro takes place between Saturday 20th – Saturday 27th July
Open Water takes place between Saturday 20th – Saturday 27th July
Women’s Water Polo takes place between Sunday 21st July – Friday 2nd August


The British Gas GBR Swimming Team comprises:

Adam Brown                                    Hatfield/Auburn
Daniel Fogg                                      British Gas ITC Loughborough
James Guy                                        Millfield
Michael Jamieson                        British Gas ITC Bath
Ieuan Lloyd                                      City of Cardiff
Craig McNally                                   Warrender
Ross Murdoch                                British Gas ITC Stirling
Roberto Pavoni                              British Gas ITC Loughborough
Ben Proud                                         Plymouth Leander
Robbie Renwick                             City of Glasgow
Michael Rock                                    City of Liverpool
Jak Scott                                             British Gas ITC Stirling
Chris Walker-Hebborn                British Gas ITC Bath
Daniel Wallace                                 Warrender
Josh Walsh                                        British Gas ITC Stirling
Andrew Willis                                    British Gas ITC Bath


Sophie Allen                                      British Gas ITC Bath
Jazmin Carlin                                    British Gas ITC Swansea
Georgia Davies                                 British Gas ITC Swansea
Eleanor Faulkner                            City of Sheffield
Francesca Halsall                            British Gas ITC Loughborough
Jemma Lowe                                     British Gas ITC Swansea
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor          British Gas ITC Bath
Hannah Miley                                    Garioch
Lauren Quigley                                Stockport Metro
Amy Smith                                          British Gas ITC Loughborough
Aimee Willmott                                Middlesbrough