Swimming Gold Rush Takes Team Scotland Top of the Table

August 7, 2023

Team Scotland celebrated a gold rush in the pool as Dean Fearn, Holly McGill and Matthew Ward took Scotland to the top of the Trinbago 2023 medal table on day two.

Dean led the way with a sensational swim in the 50m Fly to take Team Scotland’s first gold of the Games. He touched home in 24.43, just 11 hundredths away from the Commonwealth Youth Games record set in the heats by England’s Nick Finch, who has to settle for silver by three hundredths of a second.

It was then double gold in a matter of minutes as Holly McGill and Matthew Ward added to the medal tally in quick succession in the 100m Backstroke events. A Birmingham 2022 finalist at the age of just 16 last summer, Holly got the touch ahead of Zoe Ammundsen of Australia, clocking 1:01.96 to become Commonwealth Youth Games champion. Matthew then powered away from the men’s field to win by almost two seconds in 54.57 and make it a golden triple for Scotland.

In the same race Dean Fearn finished fourth in his second final.of the night. Drew McKenzie was also in action twice, her finals coming back to back as she took eighth in the 50m Fly and then 7th in the 200m Freestyle. Sean McCann wrapped up the evening with a ninth place in the 1500m Freestyle.

Team Scotland now sit top of the medal table after two days of competition with three gold and three silver.

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