At British Universities Short Course National Championships I competed for Stirling University in the 50 and 100 metre breast stroke and the 50 and 100 metre butterfly. In the 50 and 100 breast I raced against double Olympian Craig Benson.
In 2 fantastic races I managed to touch out Craig in the 50 metre breast stroke to win the title in a personal best time and in the 100 breast the tables were turned and Craig touched me out by just 8/100 of a second but I was delighted not just with the silver medal but in this race I broke the magic minute mark for the first time clocking a 59.75.
In the 100 fly I secured another pb and made the final finishing in 7th place in the final and notched another pb in the 50 fly.
In December I raced in the Scottish National Championships in Edinburgh where I raced in the 50, 100 and 200 metre breast stroke events. In these races I had the privilege of racing Double Olympian and Commonwealth champion Ross Murdoch and Double Olympian Craig Benson. In these 3 races I won 2 silver medals in the 50 and 100 Breast stroke where I managed to split the Olympians recording pb’s of 27:02 and 59:39 and in the 200 breast which is not an event I race much I came 5th and recorded a 4 second pb in a time of 2:11:51.
Last weekend I raced in the British Universities Long Course Championships at Sheffield. I raced in the 50 and 100 metre breast stroke events where I came up against more Olympians! In the 50 breast stroke I grabbed the silver medal behind Olympian James Wilby in a pb of 28:02 with Craig Benson getting bronze. In the 100 breast I gained the bronze medal behind Wilby and Benson in a pb of 62.15.
Finally I raced for Stirling in the 4 x 100 medley relay on the breast stroke leg. In my swim I recorded a 61:70 which enabled the team to take the silver medal.
I am now studying Law at Stirling University (outside of the Somerset area naturally) and am still pursuing my swimming career. With this in mind I would like to take the opportunity to thank all at TS5C for their support over the last 2 years, this has been much appreciated and the financial help has enabled me to build on my swimming career.