Friday, June 27, 2014

Local Girl Masson adds to Another Night of Records #SNAGS14

“Events are nothing like this in Hong Kong. We don’t get support. The atmosphere here is unbelievable and I’m looking to be back next year, with a bigger squad.” Richard Pointon, Hong Kong Stingrays

After another electrifying evening, another set of records fell on day 3 of the Scottish Gas National Age Groups Championships being held at the new Aquatics Centre in Aberdeen.

Rachel Masson and Lucy Hope put on a strong display in the 50m freestyle with Masson (South Aberdeenshire) taking the touch in the 50m freestyle in a new Scottish National Age Group Record (18 years) time of 26.18. Her Team Scotland team-mate, Lucy Hope (BEST) secured silver in 26.54, just holding off a strong challenge from Raquel Matos (ELST) who won bronze in 26.73. Hope’s time equalled the Scottish National Age Group Record for 17 year olds,

On the eve of her 16th birthday, Carnegie’s Tain Bruce not only broker the 15 years Scottish National Age Group Record in the 50m freestyle (26.20), she broke the Scottish Junior Record in the 200m IM, posting a new best standard of 2:17.29. Her Carnegie team-mate, Samantha Caufield won silver in 2:21.68 and Kiki Anderson from Hong Kong Stingrays picked up her fourth medal of the meet, by taking bronze in 2:23.29.

Following the race Anderson and her coach, Richard Pointon, spoke about how much they were enjoying the event, with Pointon saying,

“Events are nothing like this in Hong Kong. We don’t get support. The atmosphere here is unbelievable and I’m looking to be back next year, with a bigger squad.”

To listen to the full interview with Richard and Kiki please listen here

Carnegie’s Craig McLean was also back to record breaking ways posting a new British Age Group Record (15 years) in the morning heats of the 50m freestyle. He then matched the time of 23.60 in the evening finals to take the title. Ross Leslie (South Lanarkshire) picked up silver in 24.64 with Jack Dandy (Chorley Marlins) securing bronze in 25.03.

But Carnegie swimmers didn’t have it all their own way. Ian Porteous (City of Glasgow) timed his 400m freestyle final to perfection overtaking Mark Szaranek, who had led from the start, in the last 50m.

The 23 year old who suggested he was coming to the end of his swimming career said,

“I’m a distance swimmer, so while I knew the others would go off hard, I knew I would have a lot left to give towards the end.”

To listen to the full interview with Ian, please listen here

The relays provided much to cheer about as always, with City of Aberdeen Swim Team storming to victory in the 4x200m freestyle. Harry Dalgamo, Louis Houette, Finlay Deans and Craig Smith powered their way and won with ease in a time of 8:34.33, to the delight of the local support.  Warrender (George Clough, Archie Goodburn, Benjo Duheric and Jamie Macdonald) won silver in 8:42.06 while William Balfour, Liam McDougall, David Pearson and Mark Hill of North Lanarkshire secured bronze in 8:42.38.

In the girls 4.100m freestyle relay, Tain Bruce, Kirsty Simpson, Samantha Caulfield and Rachael O’Donnell of Carnegie won gold in 3:51.68, with East Lothian quartet Raquel Matos, Emma Crawford, Rachel Sharples and Gillian Clark taking silver (3:54.77) and Warrender’s Kimberley Mackay, Ailsa Timoney, Katie Stark and Jordon Sturt, adding a bronze to their medal tally (4:02.04)

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The Scottish Gas National Age Group Swimming Championships are taking place at the Aquatics Centre in Aberdeen from 25-29 June 2014.
Venue: Aberdeen Sports Village, Regent Walk, Aberdeen, AB24 1SX

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The event is open to the public for a fee of £4 per morning and afternoon session, and £5 per final session, with the timings for each session listed below.

Event Timings:
• Morning Heats:   From 08:45   (Wednesday – Sunday)
• Afternoon Heats: From 13:00 (Wednesday – Saturday; 12:45 on Sunday)
• Evening Finals:  From 17:30 (Wednesday – Saturday; 17:00 on Sunday)

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