McLay relishing home crowd advantage in Glasgow – LEN

MEET YOUR BRITISH TEAM FOR EUROSWIM 2019

A strong British team will contest the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow, featuring four recently-crowned world champions. Here’s our one-stop-shop for getting to know your home heroes that will descend on Tollcross and compete for medals with Europe’s best. Freya Anderson: a Scouse sensation whose inexorable rise shows no signs of slowing. IG – […]
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EuroSwim 2019 in numbers

What a week it was at EuroSwim in Glasgow, with Tollcross crowds given endless thrills, British success and a host of great memories to cherish.  Russia topped the medal table and Great Britain took home their best haul of medals since 2003, continuing the team’s storied relationship with the Glasgow pool. And British teenage sensation Freya Anderson […]
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Kolesnikov reels off double gold as Russia rule on final night at EuroSwim

Kliment Kolesnikov underlined his status as one of swimming’s brightest young stars with two golds inside an hour as Russia dominated the final night of the LEN European Short Course Championships. The 19-year-old broke the 200m long-course backstroke world record in Glasgow last year but didn’t get a fairytale return, crashing out in the 200m […]
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Three things from Tollcross: Hopkin sets up tilt at top step as EuroSwim builds to climax

Europe’s elite scrabbled for lanes in Sunday morning’s heats ahead of a grandstand final night, promising ten back-to-back finals and non-stop drama. With Freya Anderson going for gold once again and Duncan Scott set to race in three finals, it’s set to be a memorable evening with limited tickets still available for the session. Here […]
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Anderson stuns to claim second gold on a magical night at EuroSwim

Freya Anderson did it again. Great Britain’s teenage sensation sent a loud Tollcross crowd wild for a second night running, soaring to 200m freestyle success and thumping her own national record. Then back to anchor her nation to silver in the mixed 4x50m freestyle, taking the medal tally to nine, Anderson is emerging as the […]
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Three Things from Tollcross: Champions back in the pool on sprint Saturday

Day Three heroes rode the wave of their success on Saturday morning as a bumper weekend at EuroSwim gathers pace. Gold medallists from Friday night Freya Anderson, Vladimir Morozov and Katinka Hosszu all dived back into competition and underlined their multiple medal credentials. Here are three things you might have missed from the morning session. […]
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Anderson outshines big names to claim gold on thrilling Friday at EuroSwim

A star is born in Great Britain’s Freya Anderson, who held off a world-class field to win 100m freestyle gold at the LEN European Short Course Championships. Anderson, 18, sealed a maiden international title with aplomb in front of a boisterous home crowd at Tollcross, a superb final two lengths underpinning a personal best 51.49. […]
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Three things from Tollcross: Britain set up frantic Friday night at EuroSwim

Friday at EuroSwim is already coming to the boil after morning heats bubbled away and teed up more medal chances for Britain in the Tollcross pool. After sealing medals on Thursday night, Duncan Scott, Vladimir Morozov and Kira Toussaint returned to the water and showed their class once again. Here are three quick takeaways from […]
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Litchfield bags Britain gold as world record falls at EuroSwim

It’s all on track to Tokyo for Max Litchfield after dominant 400m individual medley gold at the LEN European Short Course Championships. The Yorkshireman, who arrived in Glasgow with an entry time four seconds quicker than any other, delivered Britain’s first EuroSwim gold medal to the delight of a bumper Tollcross crowd. Litchfield’s family, also […]
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Huge volunteer effort forms backbone of smooth running of EuroSwim

More than 225 volunteers have teamed up with Glasgow Life to deliver the LEN European Short Course Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre this week, with applicants from as far away as Hungary and the United Arab Emirates. From directing spectators to their seats, providing information and support to the swimmers and the media, organizing […]
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Three things from Tollcross: Scott’s away on Day Two at EuroSwim

A pulsating first night gave way to a fascinating second morning with the LEN European Short Course Championships well underway. It was Italy atop the medal table after Day One, but eight further champions will be crowned at Tollcross tonight and Britain will be well in the hunt. Here are three things we learned from […]
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Scott McLay

McLay relishing home crowd advantage in Glasgow

Watching on from the crowd as his idols enjoyed success at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Scott McLay just couldn’t wait to get his own turn to wow the Scottish crowds. 

Fast forward five years and that dream is on the brink of coming true, with the Perth-born swimmer set to make his senior Glasgow debut at the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships for Great Britain next month. 

He may only be 20 but McLay is not short of ambition, the youngster openly admitting his frustrations at missing out on last year’s European Championships in Glasgow after making his first senior international appearances at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.  

Frustrating as it was, it’s the fear of missing out that has always spurred McLay on, the Scot revealing he can’t wait to finally show off what he can do at next month’s competition in Glasgow. 

“That’s pretty much where I would say my journey began,” said the Perth-born swimmer. 

“I watched my teammate Stephen Milne compete and I decided that was a path I really wanted to go down – I wanted to be representing my country at a Commonwealth Games. 

“I wanted to be at the same level he was. I’ve worked hard to come up through the rankings from junior to senior and I was happy to make the team for the Gold Coast. 

“Ever since then, I’ve been determined to get onto more teams and enjoy the same level of success I saw him achieve.”

The 20-year-old will be joined by University of Stirling teammates Duncan Scott and Ross Murdoch at the Championships, taking place from 4-8 December in Glasgow. 

There are high expectations for the Scots to medal with the likes of Scott and Murdoch in the team’s ranks, the former having anchored the GB men’s team to gold at the World Championships in South Korea earlier this year, but for McLay, the competition will be all about measuring his own individual success. 

“We’re all there to do the same thing which is to be the best version we can be of ourselves in the sport,” he added. 

“The talent we have in Stirling is incredible. In Ross Murdoch, Duncan Scott and Craig Benson – There’s a good collection of us.

“The main aim for me is to get season bests and PBs. I’ve been putting in all the hard work in the lead up to the Championships and hopefully that means the success will come.

“If I come away with a PB, I’m going to be really happy, a medal would be a bonus.”