Swimmers brave the cold and ice

on Friday, 09 February 2024.

Inaugural European Ice Swimming Championships

European Ice

The Romanian City of Oradea played host to the inaugural European Ice Swimming Championships over the past weekend, as five Scots won medals as part the Great Britain team.

The competition, which takes place in water cooler than five degrees Celsius, saw swimmers from across Europe compete for continental titles, as well as age group medals, over the four days competition in the Eastern reaches of the European continent.

Five Scots were selected as part of a wider GB group, all of whom picked up medals, in what was a huge haul for Britain. 14 European medals were awarded to British athletes (top three overall), with 99 age group medals handed out.

Olympian Dan Wallace secured the best results of the meet from a Scottish point of view, taking overall European silver in the 50m Breaststroke (32.07) and 100m Freestyle (56.05). Dan also secured 30-34 year old world records in the 100m Butterfly (1:02.83) and the silver medal winning 100m Freestyle – the IMer showing his adaptability across strokes.

Euan Stewart was on fire in the freezing conditions in Oradea, registering an astonishing four age group World Records. He claimed new 55-59 benchmarks in the 50m Butterfly (30.18), 100m Butterfly (1:10.90), 50m Breaststroke (36.18) and 100m Breaststroke (1:21.59) – alongside a barrel load of silverware.

Connor Mollison broke the 30-34 age group World Record in the 50m Backstroke in 31.67 taking age group gold, and fifth overall in the discipline.

Brian Bain (Silver City Blues), was in speedy form in the distance freestyle events, finishing with a gold medal in the 1000m event in the 60-64 age group. His time of 15:50.45 was over three minutes faster than the silver medallist in the same category. Brian was also age group gold medallist in the 500m Freestyle and silver medallist in the 250m Freestyle.

James Leitch secured 45 to 49 Gold in the 250m Freestyle, just touching out Czech swimmer Rostislav Vitek in 3:04.36. James also took a superb seventh overall in the Men’s 1000m Freestyle – his time of 13:09.96 narrowly missing out on silverware in his age category.


Full Results : Oradea 2024 Results | IISA (internationaliceswimming.com)

Live stream: IISA TV – YouTube


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