Duncan Scott, Ross Murdoch, Lucy Hope Head Up Scotland’s Commonwealth Roster

Scotland has revealed its 24-strong line-up of swimmers and Para swimmers for this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

The nation’s most decorated Olympian of all time, Duncan Scott, leads the roster as a pre-selected athlete, while the likes of Ross Murdoch, Lucy Hope, Ross Murdoch, Mark Szaranek and Stephen Milne are headed to their third Commonwealth Games appearances.

Also named to the roster is Craig McNally, with the Scot bound for a 4th consecutive Commonwealth Games.

On the opposite end of the experience spectrum, 13 of the 24 swimmers are making their Games debut with 16-year-old Holly McGill representing the squad’s youngest member.

Elinor Middlemiss, Team Scotland Chef de Mission, said of the team, “We are delighted to welcome such a mix of experience and youth to Team Scotland with this exciting team of swimmers and divers.

“Aquatics is one of Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games sports and, with the new facility at Sandwell providing a great venue, I’m sure we can count on a fantastic atmosphere and tough competition in Birmingham.” 

At the 2018 edition of the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia, the nation of Scotland finished 6th in the overall swimming medal table with 9 total medals. The sole gold came in the form of Scott’s podium-topping performance in the men’s 100m freestyle.

Swimming & Para-Swimming

Craig Benson

Tain Bruce

Oliver Carter

Stephen Clegg

Evie Davis

Samuel Downie

Scott Gibson

Archie Goodburn

Kara Hanlon

Lucy Hope

Evan Jones

Abby Kane

Keanna MacInnes

Holly McGill

Craig McNally

Stephen Milne

Ross Murdoch

Emma  Russell

Duncan Scott

Katie Shanahan

Toni Shaw

Mark Szaranek

Martyn Walton

Cassie Wild-Richards



Ross Beattie

Cameron Gammage

James  Heatly

Clara Kerr

Gemma McArthur

Angus Menmuir

Grace Reid

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1 year ago

I don’t get how Scotland is allowed so many swimmers compared to England, when the population is 10 times smaller. I thought the number of allocated slots was proportionate to the country’s population.

Reply to  Lola
1 year ago

Roster spots are allocated based on team size in the last two years. The roster spots are not country-specific, but rather countries can allocate those spots as they wish among the “open allocation” sports.

Scotland, for example, usually sends far, far fewer athletes in the athletics events than England. In 2018, it was 22 for Scotland vs. 85 for England.

Overall, Scotland will have a much smaller Games-wide roster than England. But allocations are not in direct proportion to a country’s population. If that were the case, countries like Scotland would hardly be able to send anyone: their population is about .3% of the population of India.

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

I see your point. A bit frustrating for English swimmers though who are faster than Scottish ones, beat them at Trials and yet they can’t represent their country in CWG because the team has a limited number of swimmers.

1 year ago

Not sure Duncan is Scotland’s most decorated Olympian. Chris Hoy has six gold medals

Scuncan Dott
1 year ago

Cassie Wiild-Richards now, I assume she got married?

Reply to  Scuncan Dott
1 year ago

Mothers surname is Wild and fathers surname is Richards.

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1 year ago

I can see 4 medalists, Clegg, Scott, Shaw, Wild. A pretty weak team compared to GC and Glasgow

Scuncan Dott

Wild probably won’t medal either, she’s not beating Mckeown or Masse in any Backstroke race, don’t see her beating Medi Harris in the 50 and 100 or Ruck in the 200.

Reply to  Scuncan Dott
1 year ago

Ruck is not going to Brum. She declared early on, Budapest only

Scuncan Dott
Reply to  ldn
1 year ago

Oh yeah forgot about that, Wild should be favourite for Bronze in the 200 Back then if she’s back near her euros form from last year.

Last edited 1 year ago by Scuncan Dott
Scuncan Dott

The men’s 100 Breast is wide open behind Peaty and Wilby so Murdoch or Benson could potentially medal in that and the 400IM is wide open behind Mcintosh and Mckeown so Shanahan could potentially medal in that if she drops a few seconds from her PB which wouldn’t be that surprising considering she’s still 17 and at prime age to drop time.

Last edited 1 year ago by Scuncan Dott
Reply to  Scuncan Dott
1 year ago

I’m routing for Kara Hanlon, Katie shanohan and Ross Murdoch to medal.

Phichael Melps

As long as Scott recovers though he will take home quite a haul, so that will add to Scotland’s prospects…

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