Scottish Record and a 4 x 100 Gold medal in European Championships for Lucy Hope

on Tuesday, 18 May 2021.

European Championships 2021

The European Championships couldn’t have gotten off to a much better start for Great Britain’s swimmers, as they won three medals on the opening night, breaking two British records in the process.

It was a truly golden moment in the history of Women’s 4x100m Freestyle swimming in the UK, as a new-look quartet of Lucy Hope,(Edinburgh University, formally BEST and Kelso), Anna Hopkin, Abbie Wood and Freya Anderson were the first British team to ever land the European crown, breaking the national record in the process.

Having qualified third quickest, where youngsters Emma Russell (University of Stirling, formally Heart of Midlothian) and Evelyn Davis (Bromley SC), who turns 17 on Tuesday, produced strong swims on their senior international debuts, Hopkin and Wood came into the final line-up to great effect. As she did this morning, Hope (Edinburgh University) swam a great lead-off leg, breaking the 100m freestyle Scottish Record (53.89), putting the team right in thick of the action, with Hopkin maintaining that position.

Medley and breaststroke swimmer Wood, coached by Dave Hemmings, proved an inspired choice for the final line-up, and she swam the 100m of her life to put Anderson in the lead with two lengths remaining. Anderson has been a phenomenal anchor leg swimmer for Great Britain over the last few years and she did it again tonight, a stunning 52.79 split holding off the Dutch to strike gold and set a new British record of 3:34.17, lopping a second and a half off the old time.

Gold medal winner Hope said:

“My goal was to get us in the best place I possibly could for these three other girls. Overall I’m really happy with the time. It was quite unexpected but we’re all really happy.”

Updated East District Records

on Monday, 10 May 2021.

Historical search

Throughout the UK there has been an examination of historic swimming results.  As a result of extensive work by East Distric Personnel,  several unclaimed East District record swims  have been uncovered.

These records were ratified at the December East District Swimming and the updated results can be found at Records (sasaeastdistrict.org.uk)

James Heatly boosted his hopes of a place at the Tokyo Olympics with individual 3m springboard silver at the Diving World Cup in Japan

on Saturday, 08 May 2021.

He was in contention for gold heading into the last round, but switched to a less difficult dive and a score of just 41.40 saw him miss out on the medals

James Heatly boosted his hopes of a place at the Tokyo Olympics with individual 3m springboard silver at the Diving World Cup in Japan.

With Olympic champion Jack Laugher resting before the Europeans, Heatly and Dan Goodfellow were pushing to join him in Tokyo this summer.

Heatly scored 461.25 from his six routines. Germany's Martin Wolfram (467.75) took gold with Alexis Jandard (434.25) of France third. Goodfellow was fifth after scoring poorly on his final dive.

The 24-year-old, who won gold alongside Laugher in the synchronised 3m event earlier in the competition, topped the standings in the preliminaries and semi-final.

He was in contention for gold heading into the last round, but switched to a less difficult dive and a score of just 41.40 saw him miss out on the medals.

Heatly's success meant the British team finish with an impressive five medals from the competition, which doubled up as the official test event for the Tokyo Olympics.

The squad will now head to Budapest for the European Aquatics Championships, which begin on Monday.