Several national records were set on the first day of the Scottish Short Course National Championships which kicked off today in Edinburgh.
Ross Murdoch, who took the bronze in the 100 breaststroke at the World Championships in Kazan, won the men’s 50 breaststroke in a time of 26.69. Murdoch’s time breaks Craig Benson‘s Scottish national record of 26.84. Benson set the record in November breaking the previous mark of 27.06 set by Murdoch in 2013.
Stephen Milne took the men’s 400 freestyle in a time of 3:40.19, just dipping under the Scottish record of 3:40.22 set by Robbie Renwick in 2008. 18 year old Duncan Scott finished second in a time of 3:41.33 destroying his own national age group record of 3:43.99, which he set in September.
Scott also set a new age group record in the men’s 200 backstroke posting a time of 1:55.31. Scott finished second to Craig McNally who won the event in a time of 1:54.34.
Kathryn Johnstone won the women’s 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:06.22, breaking her own national record of 1:06.51, which she set in September. 14 year old Katie Robertson, who finished seventh in the race, posted a time of 1:10.28 which breaks her own age group record of 1:10.98.
The women’s 800 freestyle was a thrilling race between Alyshia McCracken and 14 year old Sophie Smith. McCracken took the event in a time of 8:53.12 followed by Smith who posted a 8:53.30. 13 year old Roisin Ramsay finished fourth in a time of 9:01.10 beating Smith’s age group record of 9:01.15 which she set in May.
Kirsty Simpson won the women’s 50 backstroke in a time of 27.92. 15 year old Cassie Wild finished third in a time of 28.18 breaking her own age group record in the event.
Full results can be found here.
People need to watch Duncan Scott very closely – His freestyle range is superb. 22, 47, 1.44 & 3.41 at 18 is mighty impressive. Also has a great Fly (52.7 split in Baku this year LC) and IM (2.01 LC in 2014).
Great coaching at Stirling
The women’s 800 freestyle was in fact won by Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow) in 8:24.75 ahead of Keri-anne Payne (Warrender) and Danielle Huskisson (University of Stirling). The other names in the report above were from the early heats. The fastest heat was swum in the finals session. Click on the Friday Full Results link at the top of the main results page to get a PDF file of all the results and that shows the proper 800 outcome.