By Paul Osborne

British swimmers earned three medals on the opening day of the British Paa-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow ©Getty ImagesApril 18 - There was success for Britain's Stephanie Slater, Jonathon Fox and Nicole Lough on day one of the British Para-Swimming International Meet as they swam their way onto the podium in Glasgow's Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

Slater secured silver in the women's 100 metre F8 freestyle competition as she finished in a time of 1min 07.33sec, just a second behind American superstar Jessica Long, to score 926 points and ensure a qualification time ahead of the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) European Championships.

"I'm really pleased," said Slater.

"The 100m free isn't my strongest event so I'm really happy to get the silver and the European qualification time.

"It's always nice to be able to race Jess [Long] and it would have been nice to be in the lane next to her so I could have given her a good race.

"But I did my own race and stuck to my own race plan and I've got a medal out of it so I'm really happy."

Canada's Summer Ashley Mortimer, who has been competing for the Netherlands since 2013, rounded off the podium in third after the S10 athlete finished in 1:02.53 to secure 890 points.

The race also saw Alice Rose Tai set a British S10 100m freestyle record and a European qualification time after finishing in 1:04.91 with S6 swimmer Ellie Simmonds, S9 swimmers Amy Marren and Steph Millward, and S7 swimmer Susie Rodgers also within the qualification time.

S7 Paralympic champion Jonathan Fox secured bronze in the men's 100m freestyle on the opening day of the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow ©Getty ImagesS7 Paralympic champion Jonathan Fox secured bronze in the men's 100m freestyle on the opening day of the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow ©Getty Images

In the men's 100m S7 freestyle London 2012 100m backstroke champion Jonathan Fox took bronze with a swim of 1:03.46 to give him 860 points.,

He finished behind Brazilian City of Manchester Aquatics' team mate Phelipe Rodrigues, swimming in the S10 category, who took silver, and Spain's S9 classified Jose Mari Alcaraz, who took gold with 904 points.

After slicing more than a second off her British SB14 100m breaststroke record with a time of 1:18.91 in the heats, Nicole Lough was unable to repeat the feat in the final, finishing in third with a time of 1:19.96 and sealing 888 points.

"That was really tough because I wanted to get another personal best but I was having problems with the catch and my legs," said Lough

"It was a good race in the 50m and I tried to hold it but it wasn't happening.

"But I was under the qualifying time which was good.

"My coach told me to just go for it and think of having just one chance to qualify, which is what I did."

The race saw Bethany Firth, who swapped allegiances from Ireland to Britain following success at London 2012 and the 2013 World Championships, finish in the gold medal position with 991 points, and a time of 1:17.07, ahead of the Netherlands' Magda Toeters who took silver with a time of 1:19.56, 901 points.

In the men's equivalent, Britain's Scott Quin also swam under the European qualification time as the SB14 competitor finished fifth with a time of 1:09.50.

Fellow SB14 swimmers Marc Evers of the Netherlands and Artem Pavlenko of Russia came in second and third respectively whilst Dutch S7 athletes Simon Boer claimed gold with 967 points in a time of 1:18.70.

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