Richard Schafers get chemistry right to claim bronze

Lewis Smith was 11th fastest in the 200m medley. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
Lewis Smith was 11th fastest in the 200m medley. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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Edinburgh University’s Richard Schafers, winner of the Scottish Championship last week, claimed a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle at the final session of the British Gas Championships at the Tollcross International centre in Glasgow.

Hatfield’s Adam Brown won in 22.27secs and the chemical physics undergraduate clocked 22.65secs.

“There was a lot of pressure to win and get the Games time last week,” said the 23-year-old who is coached by Chris Jones. “I did that, so this week has been much more enjoyable.

“I’m in the fourth year of my degree but I’m working in an industry placement at the moment so it works in well with my swimming.”

Stockport’s Roberto Pavoni completed a golden hat-trick and will be one to watch as a member of Team England at Glasgow 2014.

He viewed the British Championships as the ideal dress rehearsal and was delighted to add the 200m individual medley to golds in the 400m medley and 200m butterfly.

“I’m ecstatic to win all three,” said the 23-year-old after his 1:59.08 swim. “My main goal was to make a Commonwealth Games time this week and the second was to win as many titles as possible.

“I only made the Games qualifying time in the 400m medley but I’m hoping I get to swim all three events this summer. I swam here at Tollcross in the Duel in the Pool in December and it’s a big advantage to be back here again.

“It means the Commonwealth Games won’t be an overwhelming big occasion. When I come back in July, I’ll be used to the environment.”

Scotland’s Hannah Miley will be a key member of Team Scotland – but she lost out on a podium place yesterday when she finished fourth in the 400m freestyle in 4:11.85. Wales’s Jazz Carlin won in 4:04.68.

But it was job done for Miley at last week’s Scottish Championships, winning six titles and qualifying for Glasgow 2014 in the 400m and 200m individual medleys and the 800m freestyle. She added another nomination time in the 200m breaststroke at the British Championships last Saturday.

The 24-year-old two-time Olympian will be defending the 400m medley at the Commonwealth Games. She didn’t swim in her favourite event at the British Championships but is was encouraging that her Scottish title victory was in a superior time to the new British Champion Aimee Willmott.

Warrender’s Craig Hamilton, who was second in the Scottish Championship and within the Glasgow 2014 time, finished fifth in the final of the 1500m freestyle. Dan Fogg won in 14:59.86 and Hamilton touched in 15:31.66

Warrender’s Lewis Smith, who has qualified for the Games in the 400m individual medley and the 200m butterfly, hoped to add the 200m medley but he could only do 2:04.68, the 11th fastest time, in the morning heats, so he failed to make the final.