Scotland’s top swimmers, including those preparing for the World Championships, are set to go head to head for Scottish titles this week, as the Team Scotland Series continues with the Scottish National & Open Championships at Aberdeen Sport Village.
Four packed days of action are on the cards as 630 swimmers from 73 clubs take to the pool, with Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Games medallists competing with their domestic rivals for the title of Scottish Champion.
The stakes are raised even higher, with the event one of just seven opportunities through the year for swimmers to put down a qualification standard for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Alongside a host of stars from Glasgow 2014, several up and coming youngsters who competed for Team Scotland at the Samoa 2015 Youth Games will be looking to make their mark at senior level.
Hannah Miley, Ross Murdoch, Mark Szaranek, Duncan Scott, Kathleen Dawson and Stephen Milne are all in action before their final camp ahead of the FINA World Championships in Budapest next month. Rio 2016 medallists Scott and Milne top several start lists, while the men’s 100m and 200m Breaststroke will be hotly contested. Olympians Ross Murdoch and Craig Benson head the line-up, with fellow Glasgow 2014 competitor Calum Tait and Commonwealth Youth Games medallist Kieran Preston also in the medal mix.
Miley competes across a busy schedule, including the 400m Individual Medley, the event in which she is double Commonwealth Games champion, and the 800m Freestyle where she will go head to head with fellow Olympian Camilla Hattersley and double Commonwealth Youth Games medallist Meg Finnon.
Also on the start lists are some of the Scots heading to the World Junior Championships in Indianapolis in August, including Keanna McInnes, who recently broke Scottish Junior records in the 100m and 200m Butterfly and Katie Robertson, multiple Scottish age-group record holder in the Breaststroke events.
Part of the Team Scotland Series, a ground-breaking collaboration which brings together Scottish Championship events across 13 Commonwealth Games sports, the Scottish National Swimming Championships take place at Aberdeen Sports Village from Thursday 29 June to Sunday 2 July.
All spectator tickets will be sold on the door at Aberdeen Sports Village priced as follows:
Adult – £5 Heats – £6 Finals / Concession – £4 Heats – £5 Finals / Child £1
Heats sessions begin at 09:00 each day, with the Finals sessions beginning at 17:30.
Finals sessions will also be live-streamed, with coverage starting at 17:20. Watch the action at: www.scottishswimming.com/live
Follow the action on social media using the hashtags #SNOC17 and #TeamScotSeries and find full results on the Swim Scotland website
Click here for more information about the Team Scotland Series, including details of all upcoming events.