University of Stirling Swimmers Make Olympics

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Five different University of Stirling swimmers will represent the University at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

The five representatives will be: Kathleen Dawson, Ross Murdoch, Aimee Wilmott, Duncan Scott and Cassie Wild. 

The news came after both Duncan Scott and Ollie Carter impressively broke records for the times they set this year.

Ollie Carter took the Scottish record for the men’s 100 metres freestyle in the S10 category with a time of 56.38. Elsewhere, Duncan Scott broke the British record for men’s 200 metres, while also setting a new time for the 200 metre freestyle.

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Kathleen, Ross, Aimee and Cassie Wild also put up top-class times to be considered for the latest Olympics.

The group will meet with Team GB in Tokyo later this summer.

Kathleen Dawson said after being accepted: “I’m over the moon with it. 

I wasn’t expecting to go as fast as that but i’m delighted with it. It has been a long time coming, especially as my first 59-second race was five years ago. I was a bit stagnant for a while but I’ve put the work in and it’s showing.”

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Kathleen posted a time of 58.24 for the 100 metres back-stroke which got her on the plane to Japan. 

She was also in competition with her swimming partner Cassie Wild – who claimed their ‘egging each other on’ inspired their lightning-quick times. 

Cassie Wild said: “it’s amazing to do it with Kat, and it was nice to do the time in the morning and back it up again in the evening.

“We’ve been more consistent. We’ve been doing time trials and I have been going under one minute consistently and that has really shown when it has come to racing as well. It definitely helps we are egging each other on.”

The swimming event in the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics begins on July 24 at 7pm and will be broadcasted live from the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

Feature image credit: University of Stirling Swimming on Instagram

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