Seven Stirling students have claimed medals at the ongoing 2019 British Swimming Championships. Duncan Scott leads the troupe with gold and silver finishes, including a new British record.
He placed 1st in the 100m freestyle with a time of 47.87, surpassing his own national record by 0.03 seconds. Scott also took 2nd place in the 200m butterfly.
Swimming against him in the 100m freestyle was Scott McLay, another Stirling student, who placed second behind Scott.
“I knew if I stuck with [Scott], he’d push me through. And that’s what I did,” McLay told The National.
Aimee Willmott also claimed gold, representing Stirling in the 400m individual medley. Two more silvers were won by Danielle Huskisson in the 800m freestyle and Ross Murdoch in the 50m breaststroke.
Murdoch also won bronze in the 100m breaststroke, and Stirling students Craig Benson and Kathleen Dawson took two more bronze medals in the 50m breaststroke and 100m backstroke, respectively.
Despite these successes, Duncan Scott was only looking forward. “There are more areas to improve on, but [reducing the record is] a step in the right direction,” Scott told the BBC.
His eyes are now set on the international stage with the World Aquatic Championships set to take place in Gwangju, South Korea, in July.