Edinburgh Making Moves As A Formidable Foe


The University of Edinburgh swimming contingency is on the rise, capturing an impressive collection of hardware at the Edinburgh International Swim Meet, incorporating the British National Championships, this past weekend.

Commonwealth Games-bound Kathryn Greenslade performed well under heavy training, capturing the 200m freestyle gold in 1:58.53, while nabbing  bronze in the 200m back in 2:12.18. Winning that 200m back was teammate Lizzie Simmonds, who also took the 100m sprint in 1:00.65.

Lucy Hope was formidable in the 50m backstroke, taking gold for the home team in 28.18, while she also finished with the silver in the women’s 100m freestyle. Another Edinburgh athlete wreaked havoc in the women’s 100m butterfly, as Tain Bruce earned a new Scottish National Record (58.92) en route to snagging bronze in the race.

David Cumberlidge also did some damage, collecting silver in the 100m freestyle in 50.01, while scoring gold in the splash n’ dash in 22.28.

These performances are just par for the course as of late for Edinburgh, the squad who finished 2nd overall with just 10 male and 10 female swimmers at the most recent British Universities & Colleges (BUCS) Championships. . Edinburgh outright wound up on top of the women’s points, beating Loughborough, a dominating force that historically winds up on top virtually every year.

Several of the aforementioned names helped capture that BUCS result, including Greenslade taking 2 BUCS titles in the 200m back and 200m free, while earning silver in the 100m back.

Bruce lowered her own Scottish record, which she then surpassed this weekend, in the 100 fly for silver, adding 200m fly silver to her collection as well.

Sprinter Cumberlidge took the men’s 50 free and managed to pull out silver in the 100 free, while the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay won gold.

Reaping the fruits of their labor, a hefty squad of Edinburgh-based athletes are representing their respective nations at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which are less than 5 weeks out. This is despite the fact that a key leader at the organization, Shannon Rollason, left his post as Elite Performance Swim Coach this past February after having only been there a year. Rollason cited family reasons as fueling his decision to return to his native Australia.

Team Scotland:
– Jack Thorpe
Dan Wallace
– Kieran McGuckin
– Calum Tait
– Euan Inglis
– Corrie Scott
Lucy Hope
Mark Szaranek
– Chris Jones (Coach)

Team England:
Lizzie Simmonds
David Cumberlidge

Team Wales:
Kathryn Greenslade

Team Cayman Islands:
– Iain McCallum

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4 years ago

As a person who worked in Scotland for many years there are a couple of misleading areas here. Firstly Shannon is not the head coach, Chris Jones is and quite disrespectful to the team there to suggest the recent success is shannon only. I heard from one of the coaches in Edinburgh just a couple weeks back and were desperately disappointed that Shannon was leaving but we’re still focussed on the commonwealth games. That last comment was again all wrong as I’m sure edinburgh top athletes were also using it as a preparation meet so all been fair edinburgh peformed well at this meet. This article is just highlighting some excellent swimming from the team so far and I for… Read more »

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4 years ago

Good for clarifying!!! Cant wait to see them smash the Commanwealths and sweep up the medals!!! Surprised Rollosan went in as not the number 1 could be hard to find someone to do same???

4 years ago

Nice to see Edinburgh making some ground in GB. But it is at International level and major championships they should be judged. With respect to this meet, it looks from the outset that most ‘big’ players were using it merely as a preparation event.

The proof or need for such adulation should be reserved for Commonwealth Games itself and indeed European Championships.

Hopefully Shannon Rollason is replaced accordingly, as he certainly raised the bar in his short tenure at the helm.

4 years ago

Rollason is still coaching at the uni until April. I spoke with him at the meet on the weekend.

4 years ago

Cant wait to see who Rollosan is replaced by!!!! Should be a BIG name!!1

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Retta Race

Former Masters swimmer and coach Loretta (Retta) thrives on a non-stop but productive schedule. Nowadays, that includes having just earned her MBA while working full-time in IT while owning French 75 Boutique while also providing swimming insight for BBC.

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