Murdoch breaks Scottish record for British gold

12th April 2014

Another fantastic day of swimming at the 2014 British Gas Swimming Championships in Glasgow saw Ross Murdoch break his Scottish 100m Breaststroke record and Sophie Taylor take four seconds off her personal best to set a new English 200m Breaststroke record for gold.

In one of the most anticipated races of the evening, University of Stirling’s Murdoch saw off Adam Peaty to retain his 100m Breaststroke title in Glasgow.

In a race that had the crowd going from the start, both athletes lowered their personal bests but it was Murdoch who took gold with a Scottish record time of 59.56, just 0.01 outside the British record.

Murdoch said: “Words can’t describe how I’m feeling at the moment. I came through the heats and the semi finals just behind Adam so I wasn’t sure where I was going to finish. I just came out as hard as I could and tried to hang on and I’m absolutely delighted to have lowered the record."

City of Derby’s Peaty took silver with an England consideration time of 59.79 and Michael Jamieson (British Gas National Centre Bath) finished third with 1:00.53.

City of Leeds’ Sophie Taylor dominated the 200m Breaststroke and set a new English record with a time of 2:24.46. The time was four seconds inside her personal best and puts her within the England Commonwealth nomination time.

Taylor said: “It hasn’t sunk in yet. I thought I had gone out too fast but I’ve been trying to push myself all season. To have taken four seconds off my personal best is amazing and I’m really chuffed to have broken the record.”

Fastest qualifier Molly Renshaw (British Gas National Centre Loughborough) also lowered her personal best to take silver in 2:25.10, while Danielle Lowe (City of Derby) was just outside her fastest swim to take bronze with 2:28.28.

In the 200m Butterfly Roberto Pavoni (British Gas National Centre, Loughborough) won in 1:57.20 but was pushed all the way by Joseph Roebuck (British Gas National Centre, Bath) and Cameron Brodie (Kelly College) who clocked 1:57.28 and 1:57.96 respectively.

With less than one second separating the top three Pavoni, who broke the English 400m Individual Medley record yesterday, said: “I didn’t realise it was so close until I saw the scoreboard. It’s the first time I’ve won the 200 Fly at a British Champs and I’m over the moon to have got the title.”

Fran Halsall retained her British 50m Freestyle title winning in an England consideration time of 24.51.

Halsall, who celebrated her 24th birthday today, said: “The race didn’t go quite as planned and I was a bit annoyed to be so far off my personal best, but I am really pleased to have got the English nomination time. Now it’s a case of going back, reassessing and looking at how I can improve my time.”

University of Stirling’s Sian Harkin finished second in a personal best time of 25.07, while British Gas National Centre Loughborough’s Amy Smith finished just 0.02 behind to take bronze (25.09).

British Gas National Centre Loughborough athlete Georgia Davies took the British 100m Backstroke title in 59.78.

In another close race that saw Lauren Quigley (Stockport Metro) win silver in 1:00.16 and Lizzie Simmonds (British Gas National Centre Loughborough) win bronze in 1:00.60, Davies was pleased to have taken the title.

She said: “Having been pre-selected for Wales was good as it took the pressure off slightly, but it was still a hard race. Swimming a personal best in the qualifiers shows that all the training has paid off, but now I need to go back and make sure I can be consistent.”

The S14 200m Freestyle saw Thomas Hamer (Burnley Bobcats) take gold in a personal best and England consideration time of 2:01.91. The 16-year old said: “I feel fantastic. It would be a brilliant opportunity to represent England this summer.

“Swimming against guys that have been to the world champs was great. The aim is now to go under two minutes and swim a 1:59.00.”

Swansea University’s Jack Thomas also posted a personal best and a Wales selection standard time to take silver with 2:03.05 while Benjamin Procter (Newquay Cormorants) won bronze with a season’s best 2:05.18.

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