British Champs success for Winning Students at Ponds Forge26 April 2017
Winning Students swimmers had a big impact at the British Championships this past week as they won a collective 19 medals at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.
University of Stirling scholar, and double Olympic-medallist, Duncan Scott, led the way as he became the first Brit to swim the 100m freestyle under 48 seconds, setting a new British record en route to gold. The second-year business and sport studies student also broke the Scottish record when finishing second in the 200m freestyle and also took home bronze in the 200m individual medley as well as the 100m and 200m butterfly, the latter in which he was pipped to second place by Stirling teammate and fellow Winning Student, Cameron Brodie.
There was further Stirling success as Commonwealth champion Ross Murdoch won gold in the 200m breaststroke and silver in the 100m of the same discipline, while first-year student Kathleen Dawson underlined her burgeoning reputation, posting consideration times for next year’s Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast as she took silver in the 50m and 100m backstroke.
The University of Edinburgh’s Kathryn Greenslade also put in a fine performance as she claimed silver in the 200m freestyle and gold in the Target Tokyo 100m backstroke final and her University of Edinburgh teammates, Lucy Hope, Kieran McGuckin and Tain Bruce, took homes medals as well with Hope winning bronze in the 50m freestyle and backstroke disciplines, while McGuckin came third in the 100m freestyle and Bruce won bronze in the Target Tokyo 100m butterfly final.
Other positive results included Euan Inglis (Heriot-Watt University) winning silver in the 50m breaststroke and Craig McNally (University of the West of Scotland) finishing third in the 50m backstroke while there were also bronzes for Camilla Hattersley (University of Glasgow) and Kieren Preston (Edinburgh College) in the 800m freestyle and Target Tokyo 100m breaststroke finals respectively.
As well as the 2018 Scottish Commonwealth Games Team, the British Championships also doubled as the selection event for this summer’s FINA World Championships in Budapest and the World University Summer Games in Taipei.
Following their strong performances, Scott, Murdoch and Dawson have been selected for the GB team heading to the World Championships in Hungary while the Winning Students programme will also hope for strong representation in Taipei when the GB team for the World University Summer Games is announced in the coming weeks.