Winning Students


Weekly Report - March 1-7th

7 March 2016
Teammates Craig Benson (right) and Ross Murdoch (second right) each picked up three medals at the Swim Ulster International Meet. Photo: Swim Ulster.

Teammates Craig Benson (right) and Ross Murdoch (second right) each picked up three medals at the Swim Ulster International Meet. Photo: Swim Ulster.

Ross Murdoch (University of Stirling) returned from the Swim Ulster International Meet with two golds and a silver medal in the pick of the results but there were medals for a number of other swimmers as well as football, curling, and badminton action.

Ten scholars were competing in Bangor, Northern Ireland with Ross winning both the 50m and 100m breaststroke and coming second in the 200m race. He finished just ahead of fellow Stirling swimmer Craig Benson in all three events, with Craig coming second in the 50m and third in the 100m and 200m. There were more medals for Stirling with Duncan Scott winning the 200m freestyle and coming third in the 200m butterfly, a race where Cameron Brodie finished second. There were also silver medals for Martyn Walton (University of Stirling) in the 200m backstroke and Corrie Scott (University of Edinburgh) in the 100m breaststroke. Results can be found here but there are still some results yet to be reported. 

The World Junior Curling Championships kicked off on Sunday with six Winning Students scholars representing Scotland. Bruce Mouat (Edinburgh Napier University) skips the boys' team, which includes Gregor Cannon (University of Strathclyde) and Bobby Lammie (Edinburgh Napier University), while Rachael Halliday (University of Strathclyde) and Rachel Hannen (University of Glasgow) are playing under Sophie Jackson (Scotland's Rural College) in the girls' team. Both sides won their opening game but suffered losses in their second and have matches throughout this week as they look to qualify for the knockout rounds.

Abi Harrison (Edinburgh College) and her Scotland U19 teammates defeated Switzerland 4-3 in a thrilling challenge match in Portugal on Thursday but it wasn't as happy a tale in Europe for Kirsty Gilmour (University of the West of Scotland) as Britain's top female badminton player crashed out of the YONEX German Open women's singles in a shock first round defeat. Both Abi and Kirsty will be in action again this week with Scotland facing Czech Republic in a second friendly in Portugal today and Kirsty competing at the Yonex All England Open in Birmingham, where she will be joined by men's doubles pair Martin Campbell (The Open University) and Patrick MacHugh (University of Strathclyde).

Looking Ahead

Abi Harrison isn't the only footballer in action this week as Kirsty SmithMegan Cunningham (both Heriot-Watt University), Chloe Arthur (Edinburgh College), Lizzie Arnot, and Siobhan Hunter (both Edinburgh Napier University) all in the Scotland A Squad for their challenge match against Spain in Falkirk tomorrow.

Some of our swimmers will return to the pool at the Edinburgh International Swim Meet which kicks off this weekend, while Jen McIntosh (Edinburgh College) will be shooting at the Scottish 10m Championships on Saturday and Isla Short has her first race of the season on Sunday, the Copa Catalana BTT International in Banyoles, Spain.