This weekend Edinburgh was at home for the Scottish National Shortcourse Championship, the pinnacle event in the shortcourse season. With a home advantage Edinburgh won Top Club, pipping last years' winners, Stirling. On the way to the title they amassed 15 National titles and also Scottish and National Club relay records. Below is a rundown of our key performers:
The meet started with Edinburgh's Commonwealth Games medalist, Corrie Scott breaking the Scottish record in the 100 breast. Emphasizing the work she has been doing this year she said “Short course for me has always been really difficult; I’ve never been the best at my skills, my turns, my starts so this year I’m been focusing a lot on that and it seems to be paying off". She wasn't finished there, she was able to claim the 50 breast title and earn a silver in the 200 breast.
Its was a fantastic four individual titles for Lucy as she became National Champion in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 200m Free and the 50m Backstroke, she also came second in the women's 100 back. It was the last day of the meet where Lucy showed her strength, setting, 3 best times back to back, finishing in a huge pb in the 200 free, she then went into the 100 back and set a further lifetime best. She wasn't finished there, leading off the 4x100 free she scorched to a 53.7 just 2 100ths off Allison Sheppard's Scottish Record of 13 years. After her marathon session she was quite happy saying " I knew swimming back to back events would be tough, so I'm happy with that."
Verisitle medley specialist Emily Jones was another multiple National champion, winning the 100 IM, 200 IM and 200 Breast. It was the breaststroke leg on both legs of the medley that she launched her attack and it was evident she has been doing some work on that stroke. This turned out to be true as she picked up the gold in the 200 breast on the final night. After her performance in the breast she said "Im just so happy to see the results from the training im doing pay off". Emily also picked up bronze in the 100 fly.
200m backstroker Anna took an axe to her pb yet again. Starting the season at 2:08.9 in the event over the last 16 weeks she has destroyed it culminating in a 2:06.1 to take her first win at the Scottish National shortcourse. A versitle swimmer, she also picked up silvers in the 50 fly and 200 IM both in life time bests and a bronze in the 100m backstroke.
After a tough 2016 longcourse season it is great to see Raquel back at her best. With a schedule which clashed with many exams and assignments she wasn't able to compete in a her signature event the 50m fly but that didn't matter as she stormed to a commanding victory in the 100m fly in a lifetime best. She was also 3rd in the 50m backstroke and we will see her compete in the 50m fly at Sheffield later in the week.
Sprint specialist David doesn't let time standards get in his road after breaking 50 for the first time at the meet last year in the 100 free. He showed just how much progress he has made since joining Edinburgh with a blistering 47.6 to win the blue ribbon event. In the relay he had he split an incredible 46. He also finished second in the 50m freestyle.
As always the relays are one of the key attractions at the meet and Edinburgh were very well represented with two teams for men and women in all relay disciplines.
The women were dominant in all setting new Scottish Club records in the 4x50 medley (Anna,Corrie,Raquel, Lucy), the 4x50 free (Kat G, Anna, Tain and Lucy) and the 4x100 free (Lucy, Anna, Emil and Kat) our second team picked up the bronze in each of the relays.
In the men's events Edinburgh earned two silvers in the freestyles after just being pipped both times by Stirling but in two new Edinburgh club records the team of David, Jack, Kieran and Kieran P can be very proud of the results.
Other Medalists included:
- Hayley Monteith silver 100 breast
- Kara Hanlon silver 50 breast, bronze 100 breast
- Tain Bruce silver 100/200 Fly
- Kathryn Greenslade silver 100 Free
- Jack Thorpe bronze 50/100 free
- Kieran McGuckin silver 100 IM
- Kieran Preston silver 200 Breast
- Calum Tait bronze 200 Breast