Edinburgh University’s Corrie Scott had to work hard for her gold medal on the opening day at the Edinburgh International Meet at Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool.
Run as a knock-out skins, the 22-year-old had to swim six rounds of the 50m breaststroke in winning the 5m breaststroke. In the last head-to-head race she touched in 32.51 secs with England’s Molly Renshaw.
Scott won a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games and she will be going for gold in the final of the same event tonight.
The other Scot to strike gold at the opening session was Perth’s Stephen Milne. And the 30-length victory was just the ideal preparation for next month’s World Championship trails in London.
The 21-year-old won in 15:18.91 and it proved to be a relatively comfortable victory over his British rival, Dan Jervis, who got home in 15:24.15.
Welsh teenager Jervis beat Milne and claimed the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games, and he is also the reigning European Junior Champion.
But the Perth man led from the front and survived a mini charge from Jervis mid-race to complete the six second victory.
The World Championship trials are in four weeks’ time and so it was a great win for the Scot who will also be up against England’s Jay Lelliott for the one place in Team GB for Russia this summer.
“I was pleased with the swim and the time,” said the swimmer who studies environmental science at Perth College. “I certainly cannot be complacent but it’s looking positive.
“We are all at a different stage of training. But it was good race practice before the trials. Tonight was very positive but I’ll certainly not be complacent.”
Milne picked up a silver relay medal at Glasgow 2014 and his personal legacy is a huge boost in confidence. “It was the biggest meet I’ve ever been to and a huge stepping stone,” he said.
American Tom Shields won the third individual final of the evening. He won the 50m butterfly skins event in 24.50 secs with England’s Adam Barrett second in 25.04.
Shields, from California, is something of a Scottish specialist. He won the 100m butterfly at the 2013 Dual in the Pool at Tollcross.
The big event of the meet is tomorrow night’s 200m breaststroke featuring the two Scots stars, Ross Murdoch and Michael Jamieson.
Murdoch beat Jamieson in a massive upset result in the final of the event at the Commonwealth Games – and the Commie Pool showdown will be the first meeting that famous evening at Tollcross Leisure Centre in Glasgow last July.
This evening, former Warrender swimmer Craig Benson will take on Murdoch, Jamieson and Adam Peaty, the Commonwealth Games Champion, in the 10m breatstroke.
Edinburgh University’s Calum Tait will add to the Scottis interest in the 200m event. He was in Scotland Commonwealth team and cannot be discounted. The medical student won the 200m breaststroke at the 2013 Scottish Short-course Championships.