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Former Strathallan pupils selected for swimming World Championships

Strathallan School former pupils Duncan Scott and Scott McLay are delighted at being selected for the Great Britain team that will head to the swimming World Championships in the summer.

A 25-strong team was picked recently to compete at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea from July 12-28.

Duncan, who turns 22 on Monday, is a defending world champion while Scott, 19, is one of the squad who are making their senior international debuts this summer.

The University of Stirling duo are joined in the travelling party by fellow Scot Ross Murdoch and Duncan said:

“It’s about trying to take the times from the recent British Championships and moving them on because you have to be at your best come the Worlds.

“In the build up to the event as well as hard training it is about getting away from it emotionally. I know physically it’s really draining [swimming competitively], but emotionally and mentally it’s quite hard as well, the British trials are a long meet, I was swimming five days back to back and it takes quite a lot out of you.

“This is my first full cycle at international level, 2015 was my first international then it was the Olympics the year after.

“In 2015, I just qualified for the relays, it was just about gaining experience and that was a big step forward for me.

“Now I’m in a different position and it doesn’t really matter if it’s the year before the Olympics, it’s the World Championships, it’s the second biggest event in swimming.”

Scott commented:

“I’m over the moon! This was one of my targets at the beginning of the season and the fact I’ve been able to achieve that shows that my hard work in the pool has paid off.

“I’m looking forward to going even faster at Worlds now and it gives me the confidence that the work I’m doing will carry forward to next year, which has always been the target.”

By Gary Heatly

Twitter: @G_HMedia