ABERDEEN, Scotland, June 1. THE North District Open/Scottish Grand Prix came to a close with another pair of victories for Garioch’s Hannah Miley in Aberdeen.
A day after an incredible 400 free/200 fly double victory, Miley clinched another win in the women’s 200-meter free with a 2:00.79. Aberdeen’s Rachel Masson touched second in 2:02.96 with Edinburgh’s Hayley Monteith taking third in 2:03.49.
Miley continued her sensational meet with a 4:40.21 to win the women’s 400-meter IM as well. She’s been much faster with a fifth-ranked season best of 4:35.48 from the Scottish Nationals in Glasgow, but she didn’t need that type of speed tonight. Glasgow’s Camilla Hattersley raced her way to second in 4:46.45 with Swansea’s Alice Tennant grabbing third overall in 4:54.15.
Miley missed out on a title trifecta with a second-place time of 2:15.33 in the women’s 200-meter backstroke as Carnegie’s Chelsea Lawson raced her way to victory in a 2:14.70. Warrender’s Megan Briggs took third in 2:17.30.
Stirling’s Ross Murdoch, who stands fourth in the world in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke with a 2:09.15 from Scottish Nationals, had an easy-speed time of 2:12.92 to win the event this evening in Aberdeen. Edinburgh’s Calum Tait finished second tonight in 2:15.57 with Ireland’s Nicholas Quinn clinching third in 2:19.28.
Murdoch then doubled up on the night with a 28.01 to win the men’s 50-meter breast after posting a 27.92 in prelims. Murdoch also had a swifter sprint breaststroke at Scottish Nationals this year with a fifth-ranked 27.28, but his swim tonight was enough to sweep all the breaststroke titles this week in Aberdeen. East Lothian’s Mark Tully tied Stirling’s Joseph Welstead for second with matching 28.57s.
Carnegie’s Mark Szaranek posted a convincing victory in the men’s 200-meter IM to open the final evening of competition. Szaranek turned in a 2:01.81 for the win. FIRST’s Duncan Scott, the 17-year-old Scottish age group phenom, took second in 2:05.14. He’s been faster with a 2:03.73 from a year ago in Sheffield. Stirling’s Lewis Smith touched third overall in 2:05.56.
Scott returned in the men’s 100-meter free to claim the title in a big upset of Glasgow’s Robbie Renwick, 51.10 to 51.16. That swim bettered Scott’s national junior record of 51.58 set last year. Ayrshire’s Jordan Hughes snared third overall in 51.55.
East Lothian’s Raquel Matos smoked the women’s 100-meter fly finale with a 1:00.92, while Carnegie’s Tain Bruce touched second in 1:02.38. East Lothian’s Rachel Sharples wound up taking third in 1:02.90.
Glasgow’s Robbie Renwick turned in a 3:53.51 to win the men’s 400-meter free, well short of his 14th-ranked season best of 3:48.34 from the Scottish Nationals. Stephen Milne of Perth City checked in with a second-place time of 3:54.08, while Stirling’s Joshua Walsh finished third in 3:56.45.
University of Stirling training partners Sian Harkin (25.31) and Eloise Barber (25.93) finished 1-2 in the women’s 50-meter free. Aberdeen’s Rachel Masson clinched third in 25.97.
After clocking a 55.40 in prelims, Stirling’s Charlie Boldison touched in 55.80 to win the men’s 100-meter back at night. Teammate Ryan Bennett placed second in 56.55 with Bumberton’s Rory Lamont clinching third in 58.32.
Ireland’s Brendan Hyland smashed the men’s 200-meter fly with a 2:00.03, while BEST’s Ryan Brown took second in 2:05.95. Stirling’s Ross Muir snatched third in 2:06.00.
Corrie Scott led an Edinburgh 1-2-3 in the women’s 100-meter breast with a 1:09.89 for the victory. Teammate Kathryn Johnstone (1:11.69) and Andrea Strachan (1:11.98) finished second and third in the finale as well.
The mixed 400-meter free relays closed out the meet as Stirling B won in 3:37.41. Carnegie (3:38.78) and Stirling A (3:39.76) also cleared 3:40 to place second and third.