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Commonwealth Games 2018: Dan Wallace selected for Scotland swimming team

Dan Wallace won a silver medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay at the 2016 Olympics

Dan Wallace will have the chance to defend his Commonwealth Games title after being included in Scotland’s 21-strong Gold Coast swimming team.

The 24-year-old served a three-month suspension from competition following a conviction for drink driving in June.

Wallace won the 400m individual medley at Glasgow 2014 and picked up two silver medals.

Hannah Miley, 28, will attend her fourth Games and aims to make it three 400m individual medley titles in a row.

Ross Murdoch, who contributed a gold and bronze in the breaststroke over 200m and 100m in Scotland’s record haul of 53 medals in Glasgow, will also be in Australia next spring.

“It’s nice that the formalities are done now and we can get on with properly preparing,” said Murdoch, who finished fourth in the 200m at this year’s World Championships.

“I’m absolutely buzzing to be a part of the team. It’s only my second Commonwealth Games and I think it’s going to be a great experience out in Australia where swimming is one of their top sports.”

Duncan Scott and Stephen Milne, both relay medallists at this year’s worlds along with Murdoch, are included.

Scott, 20, won gold in the 4x200m freestyle and silver in the 4x100m medley after finishing fifth in the 100m freestyle final in a British record time. He left the Rio Olympics in 2016 with silver medals in the same relay events.

Backstroke specialist Kathleen Dawson, 20, will be ranked as one of the favourites in her events, having made two world finals in Budapest.

Ten of the Glasgow 2014 medals came in the pool, with eight new faces in the Scotland team.

One of those making a Commonwealth debut is 18-year-old Scott McLay, who picked up five medals in the Youth Games earlier this year.

Scotland swimming team:

Craig Benson, Mark Campbell, Sean Campsie, Euan Inglis, Kieran McGuckin, Scott McLay, Craig McLean, Craig McNally, Stephen Milne, Ross Murdoch, Duncan Scott, Mark Szaranek, Calum Tait, Jack Thorpe, Dan Wallace, Kathleen Dawson, Lucy Hope, Keanna MacInnes, Hannah Miley, Corrie Scott, Cassie Wild.

Team manager: Lindsay Lewis, team coach/lead: Alan Lynn, coaches: Ann Dickson, Chris Jones, Steven Tigg, Ian Wright

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