The Scottish nomination list, by events, grew by one on Saturday at the North District Open/Scottish Grand Prix in Aberdeen. This meet serves as the final selector for the Scottish Commonwealth Games swim team, and only in events where three haven’t already qualified.
The one new qualification on Saturday went to Hannah Miley in the 400 free. There, she swam a 4:09.91 to beat Keri-Anne Payne’s 4:13.74. Miley is one of the Scottish team’s brightest stars and best medal hopes in Glasgow. She already had four qualifications coming into this meet (800 free, 200 breast, 200 IM, 400 IM), and this now adds a 5th swim. Despite likely coming into this meet mostly with the intent of getting in some good racing, that time is just six-tenths away from Miley’s best. She continues to improve in these freestyle events.
Among other winners include Robbie Renwick, who is also already on Team Scotland. He won the 200 free in 1:50.00, beating Josh Walsh (1:50.64) and Stephen Milne (1:50.85). Led by Renwick, Scotland looks really deep in the 200 free, and they’re going to continue to get deeper (4th was a 1:50.95 from 17-year old Duncan Scott). The Scots were 2nd at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the 800 free relay.
The day’s two backstroke races both went to swimmers who won their respective 50’s on Friday. Lucy Hope won the 100 back in 1:03.73, and Charlie Boldison (who is English) dominated the men’s 200 back in 2:01.34.