Wait is on for Falkirk’s Commonwealth swimming hopefuls

20/04/2011'Larbert Asda give Charlotte McKenzie money from Asda Athlete funding'charlotte mckenzie and leigh-anne bridgeman
20/04/2011'Larbert Asda give Charlotte McKenzie money from Asda Athlete funding'charlotte mckenzie and leigh-anne bridgeman

Swimmers Charlotte McKenzie and Ross Muir must play the waiting game this week - but for very different reasons.

The pair were amongst many of Falkirk Integrated Regional Swim Team (FIRST) competitors at the Scottish Swimming Championships in Tollcross last week.

It doubled as a Commonwealth Games qualification event and 22-year-old Falkirk Otter Muir made the cut.

He swam the 400m individual medley in four minutes and 20.05 seconds - just one twentieth of a second under the qualifying time.

Now, he faces the waiting game at this weekend’s British championships - also at Tollcross - to secure his spot in the Glasgow 2014 team.

“Someone could swim under my time and knock me off the team again - but hopefully not - we’ll wait and see. The pressure was all on last weekend so I’m delighted to have done it.

“My best time was 4.18.97 so I knew I was close and just had to perform well on the day.”

The swim was also enough to hand a third-place finish to the University of Stirling 
student at the pool which will also host the summer’s main event.

The news from Tollcross however was not as positive for Charlotte McKenzie.

The backstroke specialist pulled out of the competition on Friday after pains in her arm during Thursday’s heats.

She was found to have a blood clot in her arm and was yesterday heading to hospital for further tests and a wait on the results.

McKenzie, from Larbert, holds the Scottish backstroke 50m and 100m record and was British champion over 200m aged 15.

Hopes were high for her and she expressed her disappointment on Twitter.

“Just to clear a few things up with what’s happened over the past few days – I was gutted to find out on Friday that I have a blood clot in my arm. The cause of this is still unknown but I’m getting the tests to find out really soon. I’ve already started on medication and am hoping for a really quick recovery and to get back to training ASAP.

“I don’t think the timing could have been much worse but I’m thankful that it’s been caught quickly and wasn’t left to get too serious. I’d just like to say thanks for all the lovely messages over the past few days, I really appreciate it and good luck to everyone trying to get on their Commonwealth Games teams next week.”

Yesterday she added: “On my way to Glasgow... But for the hospital instead of trials.”

After the weekend there is one other potential qualifying event in Aberdeen for swimmers to sneak in before teams are finally settled.