Seven Scottish swimmers are celebrating their selection onto the British swimming team heading for Barcelona for the World Championships later this month.
Michael Jamieson, Robbie Renwick, Hannah Miley, Craig McNally, Ross Murdoch, Dan Wallace and Jak Scott all received confirmation this morning, following an action packed and emotional few days of racing at the British Swimming Championships in Sheffield last week.
Olympic silver medallist at London 2012, Michael Jamieson posted the fastest time in the world this year for the 200m breaststroke and will also compete in the 100m event, alongside the rapidly improving Ross Murdoch, who will make his World Championship debut when the action gets underway in Barcelona on 28th July.
Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Robbie Renwick was victorious in the 200m and 400m freestyle finals in Sheffield, while Inverurie’s Hannah Miley, also a gold medallist from Delhi, will compete in her favoured 400m individual medley (IM) event.
Edinburgh’s Craig McNally powered to victory in the 200m backstroke securing his selection for Barcelona, while team-mate Dan Wallace, who trains in Florida alongside Ryan Lochte, will make his senior debut in the 400m IM.
Stirling based, Jak Scott also showed a good return to form and was rewarded with a place in the freestyle relay squad.
For Jamieson the prospect of the World Championships, after a difficult preparation for the national championships, is an exciting one.
“I was surprised by my swims at the nationals after a couple of ropey months leading into Sheffield,” said the Scot. “But those performances have given me renewed confidence for the World Championships.
“It’s a very different approach for Britain’s swimmers this year with the trials coming so close to the World Championships, but overall I’m pleased with the progress made.
“I now have a training camp where I’ll work on my final preparations and I’m looking forward to challenging for a sub 2:07.00 time in Barcelona.”
With seven Scots now booked on the plane to Barcelona out of 27 British athletes, there will be lots of Scottish interest when the swimming gets underway on 28 July. The challenge now will be peaking again so soon in Barcelona, taking on the best in the world as a stepping stone to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in a year’s time.
Good luck to all the swimmers!