Sunday, June 29, 2014

Warrender Secure Top Club Award at Conclusion of #SNAGS14

"There’s been a great atmosphere and that’s largely down to the clubs, coaches and athletes, as well as the supporters in the crowd.” Ally Whike, Performance Director of Scottish Swimming

At the conclusion of the Scottish Gas National Age Group Championships at the Aquatics Centre in Aberdeen, Warrender Baths Club were declared Top Club, piping Carnegie to the title by 42 points.

The result was helped by some fantastic performances tonight including Emma Chittleburgh in the 200m breaststroke. The 15 year old dominated the event from the off and eased to victory in 2:34.91 almost 5 seconds ahead of nearest rival Erin Robertson of South Ayrshire who finished with silver in 2:39.73 and Emma Crawford of East Lothian who won bronze in 2:42.95.

Speaking after the race Emma said,

“I’m pleased with that. It’s not quite my PB and to be honest I would have liked to have gone faster, but I am happy to come away with the title.”

To hear the full interview with Emma, please follow the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/scottishswimming/emma-1?in=scottishswimming/sets/2014-scottish-gas-national-age

Warrender were pushed all the way to the Top Club Award by Fifers Carnegie, whose swimmers have been in excellent form.

Craig McLean (Carnegie) continued his excellent form breaking the Scottish Junior Record and setting a new British Age Group Record (15 years) in the 100m freestyle.

McLean flew off the blocks and never looked as if the result would be anything other than gold, storming to victory in 51.26, much to the delight of the athlete, his coach, team-mates and supporters.

South Lanarkshire duo of Angus Barr and Ross Leslie took silver (54.12) and bronze (54.88) respectively and helping to maintain their strong showing at these Championships.

McLean’s team-mate, Tain Bruce, added her name to the record books yet again, breaking the  Scottish Junior record in the 100m fly. She had work to do, however, as Warrender’s Katie Stark set the early pace powering down and turning first at the 50m mark.

Bruce, however, wasn’t giving up without a fight, timing her final charge to perfection and taking the touch in 1:01.17. Stark put up a great fight but in the end had to settle for silver in 1:01.71, with Katie Phillips of St Thomas winning bronze in 1:04.96.

Bruce and McLean both won best performance awards, Bruce for the 200m IM and McLean for the 200m freestyle.

Earlier in the evening young Katie Robertson from South Ayrshire broke the Scottish National Age Group record in the 200m breaststroke for the second time. Indeed over the course of the day she shaved over 4 seconds off the existing record posting a new best of 2:40.60.

Following the race Katie said,

“I’ve been training hard, things have been going well so I knew I was in good form coming into the meet.

To listen to the full interview with Katie please follow the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/scottishswimming/katie-robertson?in=scottishswimming/sets/2014-scottish-gas-national-age

Speaking after the meet, Scottish Swimming’s Performance Director, Ally Whike, said,

“This has been an excellent competition for age groupers and youth swimmers. There’s been a great atmosphere and that’s largely down to the clubs, coaches and athletes, as well as the supporters in the crowd.”

When asked about the wide appeal of these Championships to clubs out with Scotland, Whike continued,

“I think that’s down to the general welcome they get is first class and that is thanks to the volunteers. The event also provides another great opportunity to race and again the atmosphere is really special.”

To listen to the full interview with Ally Whike please follow the link below.

https://soundcloud.com/scottishswimming/scottish-gas-national-age-group-championships-ally-whike

For a high resolution image of Warrender, please click here: 

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Warrender finished on 797 points, Carnegie 755, South Lanarkshire 636, COAST 504 and the team from FIRST on 450.5.

Browse all the pictures from Aberdeen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottishswimming/collections/72157645303880086/ andwww.instagram.com/scottishswimming

Watch all sessions online at www.scottishswimming.com/swimtv

To listen to all the interviews from Aberdeen please click here:

https://soundcloud.com/scottishswimming/sets/2014-scottish-gas-national-age

The event can also be followed on social media by using #SNAGS14 as hashtag, as well as on Scottish Swimming’s website, www.scottishswimming.com  A new section, Swim Buzz, will provide users up-to-date information about the Championships and other Scottish Swimming events, and can be visited at www.swimbuzz.co.uk

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For any further information please contact Kirsten Phillips, Marketing Communications Manager Scottish Swimming on 07730 661788 or by email to k.phillips@scottishswimming.com

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