Robbie Renwick, Mark Tully and Stephen Milne were the only three Scottish athletes to win events on the first day of the Scottish Open Championships in Glasgow.
Renwick was the only man to dip under the 50 second mark in the men’s 100 freestyle. He collected gold finishing in a time of 49.81. Milne finished second in a time of 50.71 followed by Jordan Hughes who posted a 50.94.
Earlier in the day Milne took the men’s 1500 freestyle in a time of 15:09.79 well off his season’s best of 14:58.25 which ranks fourth in the world. Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Daniel Jervis finished second in a time of 15:15.67 followed by Toby Robinson who touched in a time of 15:37.14.
Tully, who missed a medal at the Commonwealth Games by one one-hundredth of a second, recorded a season’s best time winning the men’s 50 breaststroke in a time of 27.56. Andrew Weatheritt collected the silver posting a time of 28.43 followed by Richard Spoor who finished in a time of 28.73.
There was an absence of Scottish star power in many of the events most noticeably in the men’s 50 breaststroke and the women’s 400 IM. Neither Ross Murdoch or Michael Jamieson competed in the sprint breaststroke event while Commonwealth Games gold medalist Hannah Miley did not participate in the 400 IM.
Adam Peaty was entered in the 50 breaststroke, but did not swim the event.
Rachel Kelly and Jemma Lowe battled for the 100 butterfly crown. Kelly held the lead throughout the race with Lowe close behind. Ultimately Kelly took the event in a time of 58.47 followed by Lowe who posted a 58.96.
Eve White, who finished fifth in the race with a 1:01.85, was the top Scottish swimmer in the event.
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor took the women’s 200 freestyle with ease taking the first 100 meters nearly two seconds ahead of the field finishing in a time of 1:57.55. O’Connor was followed by Jazz Carlin who recorded a 1:59.70.
Camilla Hattersley was the top Scottish swimmer in the event finishing fifth in a time of 2:01.57.
James Guy took the men’s 200 butterfly in a time of 1:57.09. The time for Guy was impressive considering that his lifetime best coming into the competition was a 1:58.74. Brendan Hyland finished second in a time of 2:01.62 followed by Lewis Smith of Scotland who finished third in a time of 2:02.30.
Elizabeth Simmonds won the women’s 50 backstroke in a time of 28.76. She was followed by 16 year old Freya Ryaner who recorded a 29.52 and Charlotte McKenzie of Scotland who hit the wall in a time of 29.71.
Aimee Willmott, who currently ranks third in the world in the 400 IM with a season’s best of 4:33.66, took the women’s 400 IM in a time of 4:38.45. She was followed by Rosie Rudin who posted a 4:45.86 and Orla Adams of Scotland who touched in a time of 4:50.60.