CORRIE Scott missed out on a place at the London Olympics after a valiant effort at the Team GB trials.
The Strathaven swimmer’s best hope of a place at the summer showpiece came in the 100 metre breaststroke final on Monday night, but after a stunning start which saw her sitting in second place at the turn, a burnt out Corrie finished eighth.
In Sunday’s heats the 18-year-old put in a great effort to take almost a second off her personal best.
And in the semi-final she looked like missing out on the final after finishing third.
But when one of the qualifiers dropped out, Corrie, as first reserve, was handed a lifeline and claimed lane eight for the final at the British Gas Swimming Championships in London.
Corrie flew off the board in the final and was in second place after 50m with a time of 32.58, but on the return the Edinburgh University swimmer could only finish eighth in one minute 10.81 seconds.
And after Loughborough University’s Kate Haywood won the final in 1.08.07, a gutted Corrie told the News: “It’s so disappointing. In my heat and my semi-final I put in really good times, but my time in the final wasn’t so good.
“I went out really well and got the speed to be in with a chance, but I’ve got to work on my swim back.
“I knew I had nothing to lose and it was a case of seeing how long I could maintain that speed for.
“But on the bright side not many Scottish swimmers made a final and the British Championships is one of the hardest places to do that.
“I’m just gutted I didn’t put in a better time because I know I was capable of it.
“Beforehand my aim was to get to a final and I’ve done that.”
It’s a tough one to take for Corrie, who represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010, but she admits she’s delighted to see some of her friends make the team.
She added: “I’ve been friends with Craig Benson for years and it’s great to see him qualify and other people I know like Hannah (Miley).
“It will be a great experience for them and they’ve got the chance to do really well in London.
“For me I’ve just got to keep improving and make sure my times get better and better.
“In the training camp in Australia earlier this year I improved my time to 1:10.8 and then I hit 1:09.9 this week so I’m taking big chunks off my time at the moment.
“To get under that 1:10 barrier is great and it tells me I’m improving all the time.”