Kathleen Dawson Becomes First Scottish Woman Under 1:00 in 100 Back


  • Monday, May 16th – Sunday, May 22nd
  • Prelims: 10:00 AM (London Time) / 5:00 AM (Eastern Time)
  • Finals: 6:00 PM (London Time) / 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
  • London Aquatics Center, London, UK
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After initially breaking her own Scottish record this morning in the women’s 100 back prelims in 1:00.60, Kathleen Dawson of Great Britain lowered it by a substantial amount in the semi-final, becoming the first Scottish woman under a minute in the 100 back clocking a time of 59.83. Her previous record was the 1:00.70 she swam at the British Championships in Glasgow in April.

Here’s a comparative look at Dawson’s splits in her three races:

  • 2016 British Championships, Prelims: 29.41 / 1:00.70 (31.29)
  • 2016 European Championships, Prelims: 29.44 / 1:00.60 (31.16)
  • 2016 European Championships, Semis: 29.46 / 59.83 (30.37)

Dawson’s best swim from the 2016 British Championships came in the prelims, and ultimately missed the Olympic team.

Dawson still has a lot of work to do if she is to approach the British record, because it happens to also be the world record. Gemma Spofforth set it at the 2009 World Championships in Rome in an incredible time of 58.12.

Dawson heads into tomorrow’s night with a legitimate shot at a medal, seeded 2nd behind only Denmark’s Mie Nielsen who posted two meet records on the day. Last year Nielsen and Katinka Hosszu tied for gold in the event, and Hosszu is seeded 3rd heading into the final right on Dawson’s heels at 1:00.03.

Dawson finished 10th earlier in the meet in the 200 back, and will compete in the 50 back later where she is seeded 19th.


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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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