Duncan Scott heads Stirling Uni success at British Championships
Swimmers from the University of Stirling have taken home 21 medals from the British University Championships.
Young star Duncan Scott was named the event’s best overall male athlete, after picking up six golds and a silver.
Commenting on the meet, Scott said, “The whole team swam pretty well and I think that’s the best we’ve ever done, finishing second, so it was a massive effort overall.
“It’s a tough weekend with a lot of great swimmers so it’s really competitive and everyone enjoyed it.
“It’s the first time I’ve competed since the summer so it was good to get racing again and get into that frame of mind ahead of a few other big meets coming up.”
Teammates Kathleen Dawson and Craig Benson both also picked up multiple medals at the meet in Sheffield.
The Stirling squad finished second in the overall team standings, behind Loughborough.
The University of Stirling’s Head Performance Swimming Coach, Steven Tigg, said, “BUCS is the early benchmark meet that we use to begin focusing on competitive skills and racing.
“It is an important part of our process towards preparing for the key meets of the season whether that’s Commonwealth Games, European Championships amongst others.
“The team emphasis always brings a different element, with swimmers competing in less favourable events to ensure we can be competitive across the board.
“The athletes love competing for the University and embrace the collective ethos we encourage.
“Individually it was great to see 1st year Zak Aitchison, step up and challenge teammate, and double Olympian, Craig Benson while it was also good seeing Duncan and Kathleen go out of their comfort zones in the men’s 1500m and women’s 800m freestyle events.”
David Bond, the University’s Head of Performance Sport, was delighted to see the High Performance Swimming programme continue to bear fruits at another national championships.
He said, “We’re immensely proud of all the athletes that competed at the weekend. Not just for the medals they brought home, but for the daily work they put into their training and studying which makes them excellent ambassadors for the University.
“Steve and Brad are doing a phenomenal job supporting the athletes both in and out of the water and we are excited to see the programme continue to develop over the coming years.”