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Stirling Swimmers glide to Top Club Trophy

Stirling swimmers enjoyed a run of winnings at the Scottish National and Open Short Course Swimming Championships.

The team finished with a total of 1395.50 ahead of rivals Edinburgh University who finished with a total of 704.50.

Team Members Craig McNally and Ross Murdoch came home having set new Scottish records for the 200m breaststroke, the 50m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke..

McNally broke an eleven year old record with a time of 1:50.57, securing him a huge personal best. He was followed by fellow Stirling swimmer Duncan Scott at 1:54.34.

Murdoch clinched gold in both the 50m breaststroke and the 100m breaststroke with times of 26.26 and 56.67.

Of his performance in the 50m breaststroke, Murdoch told Scottish Swimming, “I’m buzzing with that. It was a good time and it was a good race which I think I put together really well.

Both events saw a succession of University of Stirling swimmers following Murdoch. Team mates Zak Aitchison and Craig Benson placed second and third in the 50m breaststroke final.

Aitchison and Benson also placed in the 100m breaststroke. Taking third place and second place respectively with times of 57.76 and 59.31. Duncan Scott continued the run of Stirling swimmers, placing fourth with a time of 59.46.

Murdoch received the Aberdeen 200 trophy which is awarded for the best single performance bases on FINA points for his 100m breaststroke swim.

The team still had more record breaking swims to come with two quartets breaking the British record and claiming Scottish Club Records for the 4x50m medley relay and the 4x50m freestyle relay.

The 4x50m medley relay team consisted of Martyn Walton, Ross Murdoch, Duncan Scott and Scott McLay with a time of 1:33.52. Scott, McLay and Walton also competed in the 4x50m freestyle relay alongside Craig McLean securing a time of 1:24.61.

Stirling’s women swimmers produced wins with Kathleen Dawson taking gold in the 100m backstroke (58.54) and the 50m backstroke (27.08) and securing silver in the 200m backstroke (2:08.66). Cassie Wild took second in both events with times of 58.84 and 27.21 and Lotta Upanne placing fourth with times of 59.88 and 27.49.

Danielle Huskisson took gold in the women’s 1500m freestyle and 800m freestyle completing them in 16:08.01 and 8:31.82. Keanna MacInnes placed second in the 200m Butterfly finishing within 2:07.88 and fourth in the 100m butterfly (59.01).

The women’s relay team placed second in the 4x50m Freestyle relay in a time of 1:43.22. The mixed 4x100m medley relay was dominated by the Stirling teams taking first and second place respectively with times of 3:42.43 and 3:47.25.

University of Stirling head coach Steven Tigg told Scottish Swimming of his teams performance, “really happy with how things have gone this weekend. There have been some real big steps in the right direction looking towards the Trials, and some real positive performances that I think will keep people motivated.”

Tigg also told Scottish swimming the coaches have an good group of swimmers that keep them motivated and excited for the new season as we come into the new year.

Featured photo credits: Scottish Swimming

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