With just under a month until the Olympic Trials, Glasgow 2014 Team Scotland swimmers showed their preparations are right on track, with a raft of medals at the Edinburgh International Swim Meet from 11-13 March.
With line-ups containing many of the key rivals for Olympic places on Team GB, plus a host of international stars, Stephen Milne led the way for the Scots with three medals in Freestyle events. He took gold in the 400m, silver in the 1500m Freestyle and a second gold, this time in the 200m, to round off a successful weekend.
Camilla Hattersley matched his double victory with gold in both the 400m and 800m Freestyle, with Hannah Miley taking silver and bronze in those events as part of her trademark punishing schedule of seven events. Miley added a further silver and bronze in the 400m IM and 200m IM respectively as well as 4th, 5th and 13th places in her remaining events.
Ross Murdoch and Craig Benson produced an incredible finish to the 100m Breaststroke, touching together in 1.00.92 for joint silver behind a world leading time of 59.55 from England’s Adam Peaty. Benson went on to take bronze in the 200m event with Michael Jamieson 6th.
Craig McNally and Corrie Scott were triple medallists, McNally in the 50m, 100m, and 200m Backstroke and Scott in the Breaststroke events of the same distance, while Robbie Renwick took double bronze in the 100m and 200m Freestyle. Double silver for Duncan Scott in the 200m IM and 100m Freestyle plus a bronze from University of Stirling team mate Lewis Smith, in the 400m IM rounded up the Scottish medallists.
While out of the spotlight of the podium, Warrender’s Scott Quin put in a stunning performance, strengthening his bid for a place at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, with an SB14 World Best time of 2.29.53 in the 200m Breaststroke.
All of Youth Team Scotland’s Samoa 2015 swimming medallists were in action with Tain Bruce’s 4th place in the 100m Fly the highlight. Meg Finnon and Kieran Preston swam strongly to make A finals against senior opposition, with Erin Robertson winner of the 100m Breaststroke B Final. Craig McLean took a silver in the Boys’ 17-18 years 50m Backstroke in a time good enough for 7th place in the senior event.
Attention now turns to next month’s British Championships and Olympic Trials, where the Scots will be able to count on strong home support with a return to Tollcross, the setting for many Team Scotland triumphs during Glasgow 2014. With each Trials event winner with the required qualifying standard guaranteed Olympic selection, our swimmers will now tailor their preparations to ensure peak performance at the event from 12-17 April to stake their claim to a place on Team GB in Rio this summer.