2015 Scottish Championships
When looking at the starting list of the men’s 200 breaststroke a swim fan could not be excited to see the battle between Olympic silver medalist Michael Jamieson, Commowealth Games gold medalist Ross Murdoch, 50 and 100 breaststroke world record holder Adam Peaty and Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Andrew Willis.
Peaty, who currently ranks second in the world in the 200 breaststroke having posted a 2:08.34 at the British Championships, swam the prelims posting a 2:16.37, but did not participate in the final.
Jamieson and Murdoch were separated by nine one-hundredths of a second at the halfway point, but it was Jamieson who took control of the race int he final 50 meters. Ultimately Jamieson took the event in a time of 2:12.16 followed by Murdoch who touched in a time of 2:13.01.
Jamieson, who did not qualify for the World Championships this summer was not extremely happy with the performance,“That was alright, I was hoping to have gone faster to be honest with you,” said Jamieson.
“I’d really love to go sub 2:10. I’ve never dipped below that unrested. I’m heading to Vichy next week for the French Open Championships so I’d like to get close to that then.”
“I’m not going to Kazan. It’s the first time I’ve not been part of the GB set up since 2009 and that’s disappointing. It’s not been an easy 12 months and but I’m starting to enjoy my swimming again now so I’m all about looking forward.”
“Rio is absolutely my goal. I want to get into the best shape possible. We hear all the time how great breaststroke is in the UK. But that’s the truth. You need a world class time to make the British Team and that is what is pushing us all on. I still believe I can get up there and compete with the best.”
Richard Spoor took the bronze in a time of 2:14.70 while Willis finished fourth in a time of 2:16.23.
200 IM Commonwealth Games gold medalist Siobhan-Marie O’Connor dominated the 200 IM posting a time of 2:10.70. O’Connor was not too far off her season’s best of of 2:09.51 which currently ranks second in the world.
“I’m here off the back of some really solid training so I’m pleased with that,” said O’Connor.
“Everything is coming together and I’m really looking forward to Kazan.”
“Being number 2 in the world doesn’t add pressure going into Kazan, it just motivates me to do well and be in the mix.”
Aimee Willmott finished second in a time of 2:15.00 followed by Emily Jones who recorded a 2:16.56 earned the Scottish Championship.
Hannah Miley, who is the top Scottish swimmer currently sitting 10th in the world rankings, posted a 2:16.49 in the prelims, but did not compete in the final.
European Championships silver medalist Elizabeth Simmonds took the women’s 200 backstroke in a time of 2:09.68. Simmonds currently ranks sixth in the world having posted a 2:08.32.
Rosie Rudin finished second, almost four full seconds behind, recording a time of 2:13.47. Scottish swimmer Charlotte Evans collected the bronze and the Scottish Championship in a time of 2:16.03.
James Guy, who is currently ranked second in the world with a time of 3:44.16, took the men’s 400 freestyle in a time of 3:47.07, three seconds ahead of Scottish champion Stephen Milne. The time is a good in season swim for Guy considering that he posted a 3:48.21 in June last year.
Milne won the silver in a time of 3:50.63 followed by Nicholas Grainger who finished in a time of 3:52.17.
Chris Walker-Hebborn, who currently ranked number one in the world in the 100 backstroke having recorded a 52.88 at the British Championships, took the men’s 100 backstroke with relative ease. Walker-Hebborn won the event in a time of 53.81 almost two seconds ahead of Craig McNally of Scotland who finished in a time of 55.64.
Liam Tancock took home the bronze hitting the wall in a time of 55.78.
Corrie Scott took the Scottish Championship in a time of 1:08.79 only 47 one-hundredths of a second off her lifetime best time of 1:08.32 which she put up at the Edinburgh in March.
Molly Renshaw took the silver in a time of 1:10.12 followed by Katie Robinson who posted a 1:11.23.
Emma Wilkins won the women’s 50 freestyle in a time of 25.85 followed by Gabriella Weaver who finished in a time of 26.35. Kirsty Simpson won the Sottish Championship and collected the bronze in a time of 26.43.
Adam Taylor of Scotland took the men’s 50 butterfly in a time of 24.87. He was followed by Braxston Timm who finished in a time of 24.91 and Andrew Weatheritt who hit the wall in a time of 25.02.
Camilla Hattersley took the Scottish Championship in the 800 freestyle in a time of 8:39.10. Danielle Huskisson collected the silver in a time of 8:45.51 followed by 14 year old Antoinette Neamt of Ireland who posted a 8:47.95.