Dan’s the man for Rio

Former Duns ASC swimmer Dan Wallace is off to Rio.
Former Duns ASC swimmer Dan Wallace is off to Rio.

Former Duns ASC swimmer Dan Wallace is one of eight Scots named in the British swimming team for this summer’s Olympic games in Brazil.

It means that Scottish swimmers make up 31% of the Team GB swim team for Rio.

Dan, who now swims with Warrender Baths/Florida Gators, was one of three wildcard picks after falling short of the qualifying standard and he will be making his Olympic debut.

Dan started in the water at Duns Amateur Swimming Club, under the watchful eye of coach Joyce Waddell and he switched to Warrender Baths when the family moved from Chirnside to North Berwick.

He became world champion in 2015 after winning the 4x200m freestyle relay in Kazan.

In 2014, competing in front of a home crowd for Scotland at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Dan set a British record to win 400m individual medley gold, then added 200m individual medley silver and a second silver with the 4x200m freestyle relay quartet.

He broke onto the senior international stage in 2013. After medalling in both medley events at the British Championships he qualified for his debut World Championships in Barcelona. He reached the 400m individual medley final before clocking a Scottish record to finish seventh.

A move to the USA’s University of Florida to train under Gregg Troy came in 2012 and made his presence known stateside after securing a bronze in the 400m IM at the NCAA Championships.