GLASGOW, Scotland, April 16. SCOTLAND could be at or near the top of the swimming medals table at July’s Commonwealth Games, based on the roster released today of 37 athletes who will perform in front of the home crowd in July in Scotland.
Scotland won five medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, including gold by Hannah Miley in the 400 IM and Robbie Renwick in the 200 free. Miley and Renwick are returning to defend their titles after achieving their qualifying times at the Scottish nationals earlier this month.
Michael Jamieson is another gold medal hopeful, coming into the meet as the current world leader in the 200 breast. Jamieson, who was second in the 200 breast at the 2010 Games, will have Australia’s Christian Sprenger to contend with in the meet.
Dan Wallace was a finalist at the world championships last year in the 400 IM and will rely on that experience when racing swimmers from England, Australia and South Africa in that event. He’s also entered in the 400 free and 200 IM, other events in which he could find himself in the medal hunt.
Ross Murdoch is on the verge of gold medal possibilities in the sprint breaststrokes after racing strong at the Scottish nationals and British nationals this month. Murdoch will be competing in his first Commonwealth Games and will have Sprenger and South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh to race in Glasgow.
Caitlin McClatchey will make her third appearance at the Commonwealth Games, looking to get back on the medal podium after winning gold in the 200 and 400 freestyles in 2006. She was unable to reach the final of an individual event in 2010 and left with no medals.
Scotland won silver in the men’s 800 free relay in 2010, and the Scots could earn another medal this summer with the help of Wallace, Renwick, Gareth Mills and Jak Scott.
The swimming portion of the Commonwealth Games runs July 24-29.
Scotland men’s roster
Ryan Bennett, 400 medley relay
Craig Benson, 100 breast
Cameron Brodie, 200 fly)
Martin Cremin, 1500 free
Craig Hamilton, 1500 free
Michael Jamieson, 100 and 200 breast
Rory Lamont, 50 back
Gareth Mills, 800 free relay
Andrew McGovern, 50 back
Kieran McGuckin, 400 free relay
Craig McNally, 200 back and 400 medley relay
Stephen Milne, 400 and 1500 free
Ross Muir, 400 IM
Ross Murdoch, 50, 100 and 200 breast, 400 medley relay
Robbie Renwick, 200 and 400 free, all three relays
Richard Schafers, 50 free, 400 free
Jak Scott, 800 free relay
Lewis Smith, 200 fly and 400 IM
Calum Tait, 200 breast
Jack Thorpe, 400 free relay
Mark Tully, 50 breast
Daniel Wallace, 400 free, 200 IM, 400 IM, 800 free relay
Joseph Welstead, 50 breast
Scotland’s women’s roster
Katie Armitage, 100 breast
Kathleen Dawson, 50 back, 400 medley relay
Fiona Donnelly, 400 medley relay
Megan Gilchrist, 800 free relay
Sian Harkin, 50 free, 50 fly, 400 free relay, 400 medley relay
Camilla Hattersley, 800 free
Lucy Hope, 800 free relay
Kathryn Johnstone, 50 and 100 breast, 400 medley relay
Rachel-Louise Masson, 400 free relay
Caitlin McClatchey, 200 free, 400 free relay, 800 free relay
Hannah Miley, 800 free, 200 breast, 200 IM, 400 IM
Rachel O’Donnell, 400 free relay, 800 free relay
Corrie Scott, 50 and 100 breast
Andrea Strachan, 50 breast
Aisha Thornton, 800 free