2019 SCOTTISH OPEN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Friday, December 13th – Sunday, December 15th
- Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh
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Ross Murdoch opened his Scottish Short Course Championships campaign last night with a new national record in the men’s 50m breast. The University of Stirling athlete was back at his winning ways on day 2, establishing a new personal best and Scottish standard in the 100m distance of his special discipline.
After establishing himself as the man to beat with his morning swim of 57.03 in the heats here in Edinburgh, the 25-year-old Olympian powered his way to the wall in a winning effort of 56.67 to land atop the podium. In doing so, Murdoch set a new national record, knocking .16 off of his previous mark posted in the semi-finals of the just-concluded European Short Course Championships.
Splits for Murdoch’s 57.67 record tonight included 26.59/30.08.
Of his performance, Murdoch stated, “I’m buzzing with that. It was a good time and it was a good race which I think I put together really well. I was out faster than I was last week at the European’s in Glasgow and back the same. I’ve found a bit more on the front end while I was hoping to get a little bit more out the back 50, but I can’t be disappointed with that, it was a really good swim.
“I said I wanted to use last week as a bit of a springboard and it has really helped my skills. I found I was hitting all my walls, all of my breakouts were solid and my dives have been amazing so far. It’s great to keep moving things on.”