Cooper Takes Butterfly Treble at Scottish National Open -- July 4, 2005
GLASGOW, Scotland, July 4. AT last week’s Scottish National Open, Todd Cooper popped a trio of times that cemented his status as one of the finest all-around butterfly performers in the world. En route to victory in the 50, 100 and 200 distances, Cooper delivered stellar times, including a national mark in the shortest event.
An Athens Olympian in the 100 fly, Cooper won that discipline in a splendid mark of 52.59, good for the seventh-fastest effort in the world this year. Cooper also prevailed in the 200, clocking 1:58.72, and his 50 time of 24.10 was a record-setting performance. At last summer’s Olympics, Cooper placed 22nd in the 100 fly.
In other action, Kris Gilchrist walked away with triumphs in the 200 breaststroke (2:13.52) and the 200 individual medley (2:03.72) while Kirsty Balfour doubled in the women’s breast races, winning the 100 in 1:09.36 and the 200 in 2:29.71. Rebecca Cooke touched the wall first in the 800 freestyle (8:38.08) and Lorna Smith was the victor in the 200 I.M. (2:18.20).