Duncan Scott Helps Propel University Of Stirling To Another British Record In 4x50m Freestyle At Scottish SC

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A second British record fell in the space of 24 hours at the Scottish National Short-Course Championships as the University of Stirling team led off by Duncan Scott lowered the men’s 4x50m freestyle mark in Edinburgh.

The quartet of Scott, Martyn Walton, Scott McLay and Craig McLean lowered the mark from the European Short-Course Championships in 2009 by 0.80secs to 1min 25.41secs,  a day after the University of Stirling team had set a new British record in the men’s 4x50m medley relay.

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Ross Murdoch; Photo Courtesy: British Swimming

Ross Murdoch set a new Scottish record in the 100m breaststroke of 56.67 to add to the 50m mark he lowered on Friday at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

The final again ended in a 1-2-3-4 for the University of Stirling with Murdoch powering to victory in 56.67, shaving 0.16 off the time he posted in the semi-finals at the European Short-Course Championships in Glasgow last week.

Two-time Olympian Craig Benson and Zak Aitchison took silver and bronze with Scott fourth.

Murdoch, the 2015 world long-course bronze medallist, told Scottish Swimming:

“I’m buzzing with that. It was a good time and it was a good race which I think I put together really well. I was out faster than I was last week at the European’s in Glasgow and back the same. I’ve found a bit more on the front end while I was hoping to get a little bit more out the back 50, but I can’t be disappointed with that, it was a really good swim.

“I said I wanted to use last week as a bit of a springboard and it has really helped my skills. I found I was hitting all my walls, all of my breakouts were solid and my dives have been amazing so far. It’s great to keep moving things on.”

Mark Szaranek added the 200m butterfly title to the 400IM he won on Friday in 1:55.10 while Tom Dean made two trips to the top of the podium in the 200 free (1:42.33) and 100IM (54.53).

Freya Anderson has enjoyed a gold rush of late and on Saturday added the 100 fly title to the 100m free gold she won on Friday in 58.08, just 0.01secs ahead of fellow 18-year-old Emily Large of Newcastle.

Hannah Miley, the 2010 Commonwealth bronze medallist, added the 200IM crown to the 400IM title she won on Friday in 2:13.27.

Full results from all heats and finals can be found on the Swim Scotland website: www.swimscotland.co.uk

The event is being live-streamed with the finals available to view on demand on the Scottish Swimming YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/scottishswimming

The action can be followed across all Scottish Swimming social media channels using the hashtag #ScotNSC19