Warrender’s Dan Wallace in Games hat-trick

Dan Wallace is all smiles
Dan Wallace is all smiles
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Warrender swimmer Dan Wallace flew back to Florida today with his mission accomplished.

With a hat-trick of qualifying times, he can now look forward to chasing gold for Scotland at the Commonwealth games in Glasgow this July.

After the four days of Games trials at the Scottish Gas National Championships at Tollcross International Centre in Glasgow, the youngster who will turn 21 a week today, was able to celebrate after making the grade in the two medleys and the 400m freestyle.

In the final race, the 400m individual medley, he was just edged out for gold by 2010 Commonwealth Games swimmer Lewis Smith (4:16.28).

But Wallace was delighted to make the Games mark in 4:16.40. Third-placed Ross Muir was also inside the time in 4:20.05.

“The pressure was on because I am not staying on for the British Championships this week,” said Wallace, whose family live in North Berwick. “Now I’m looking forward to getting back to the States and working towards the Glasgow Games.”

Wallace set a Scottish record at last year’s World Championships in Barcelona. Now he aims to do the same for Team Scotland in three months’ time.

Corrie Scott broke the Scottish record in the 50m breaststroke in 31.38 seconds and led a medal clean sweep for Edinburgh University. Kathryn Johnstone (31.53secs) and Andrea Strachan (31.65ses) also made the Games qualifier.

“I didn’t expect the record because I’ve been concentrating on the 100m,” said the 20-year-old. “I went to the last Commonwealths as a youngster but I’ve been training for Glasgow for the past four years and it is going to be amazing.”

Craig Benson (Warrender) and Caitlin McClatchey (Edinburgh University) – both Olympians – are among those still to make the grade.

Benson, from Livingston, was just 17 when he made Team GB at the London Olympics and missed out on qualifying in the 100m breaststroke by 0.01secs. In the 200m, he made the time but was fourth fastest.

McClatchey, the 2006 Commonwealth champion in the 200m and 400m freestyle, was struggling with a back injury at the Championship, but is confident she can make it before the June deadline. The next chance for both is the six-day British Championships back at Tollcross from this Thursday.