Craig Benson aims to make a big splash at Short Course event

Craig Benson. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Craig Benson. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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Warrender’s Craig Benson, the London 2012 Olympian, missed out on this year’s World Championships. But he will be aiming to end 2013 in style at the Scottish Gas National Short Course Championships over the next three days at the Royal Commonwealth pool in Edinburgh.

The University of Edinburgh’s Caitlin McClatchey – a double Commonwealth Games medal winner at Melbourne 2006 – will also be on show as the countdown to the Glasgow begins in earnest.

McClatchey, a three-time Olympian, moved from Loughborough to Edinburgh after the London Olympics and has been training with coach Chris Jones at Edinburgh University for a year. At 28, the 200m and 4000m freestyle specialist, is one of the oldest competitors in the field.

The line-up also includes City of Glasgow’s Robbie Renwick and Stirling’s Ross Murdoch – they both swam for Team GB at this summer’s World Championships

But top Scots Hannah Miley, Craig McNally and Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson are three Scots competing for Team GB at the European Short Curse Championships in Denmark.

For all the Scots, the Championships provide a chance to test their preparation in the countdown to the Scottish Commonwealth Games trials, now less than four months away.

“Watching the World Championships on TV in the summer was very hard, but I’m proud of the way I have bounced back,” said Benson. “I’ll be hoping to make the 2014 Commonwealth Games team in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke.