Team Scotland Gold Coast 2018 medallists and rising stars are aiming for medals and major championships places as the British Swimming Championship kick off in today (Tuesday 16 April) at Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre. The venue for Glasgow 2014 and last summer’s European Championships, Tollcross plays host to six days of intense competition, with Scottish swimmers set to be right in the mix.
The opening day of action will see local heroes Ross Murdoch and Craig Benson set their sights on a podium place in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke, battling it out with world record holder Adam Peaty and European silver medallist James Wilby in a strong field.
Day one also includes the Women’s 400m Individual Medley, where Hannah Miley will go head to head with Aimee Wilmott in a rematch between the Gold Coast 2018 gold and silver medallists. With Wilmott just getting the touch for gold to deny Miley a third straight Commonwealth title, the latter will be looking to be back at her best following ankle surgery at the end of last summer.
Many of Scotland’s Gold Coast 2018 stars are in action with names such as Stephen Milne in the Men’s 400m Freestyle, Lucy Hope in the Women’s 200m Freestyle and Craig McNally in the Men’s 50m Backstroke in action on the first day.
After an outstanding 2018 which saw him win six medals at Gold Coast 2018, becoming Scotland’s most decorated athlete at a single Commonwealth Games, as well as three gold and one silver medal at the European Championships, Duncan Scott is back to fight for national honours and, crucially, a place at July’s World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. The end of a packed programme will see him go head to head with 2015 World Champion James Guy in the Men’s 200m Freestyle on the final day of competition.
With the Championships doubling up as a selection meet for the World Championships in Gwangju as well as the European Juniors, European Youth Olympic Festival, World Juniors and World University Games, there is a lot of stake across all age groups and Scotland’s rising stars will look to make their mark alongside the established names.