Monday, August 11, 2014

Highlights from 2014 British Gas ASA National Youth Championships

The 2014 British Gas ASA National Youth Championships drew to a close last night and the Scottish swimmers showed their strength over the course of the Meet. Highlights from each final session were: 

Day One

In the Men’s 4x100 Freestyle final Carnegie, made up by Craig McLean, Mark Szaranek, Craig Bowman, Jack Szaranek, were just shy of the National Club Record held by University of Edinburgh as they took silver in 3:25.75. The lead-off swim from McLean secured his first British Age Group Record of the meet and set a new Scottish Junior Record (50.62)

In the Women’s MC 200m Freestyle final S14 swimmer Reagan Doig (Perth City Swim Club) touched in silver medal position with a time of 2:21.62 (771 points). 

In a close race Orla Adams (Garioch ASC) set a new PB to take silver in the Women’s 19/over 200m IM Final (2:19.64) 

Day Two

James Clegg (East Lothian Swim Team) was on record-breaking form on day two, smashing through two British records in one night in the MC 50m Freestyle and MC 100m Butterfly.

The East Lothian swimmer posted back to back performances, just 30 minutes apart, and credits his increased work in the gym and experimenting with new training techniques for his success.

“This season I’ve been focusing on gym a lot more, doing less distant training and concentrating on sprints. I lost events in the IPC and I’ve really been trying to work on my strength.
“I’m following the coach I’m with at the moment and moving up to Edinburgh. They’ve got some world-class facilities up there so there’s plenty of opportunity for more gym. My coach likes to try new things out; we’ve been doing a lot of rock climbing which I’m hoping to continue in Edinburgh."

Clegg clocked 25.05 and 59.68 in the pool, ahead of Carnegie’s Stefan Hoggan (28.23 & 1:06.23), who also did the double, taking silver in both events.

In the Men’s 17/18yrs 100m Fly final Craig Bowman took the crown in a time of 54.19 to touch out Carnegie team mate Mark Szaranek (54.49) and Derventio swimmer Kevin Wallbank (54.67).

Day Three

Kirsty Simpson (Carnegie) stretched out down the final 50m to claim the win in impressive style the Women’s 17/18yrs 100m Backstroke final, touching in a time of 1:02.67.

Just 0.01 seconds separated gold and silver in the Men’s 17/18yrs 200m Freestyle with Jordan Hughes (North Ayrshire) clinching the win in 1:50.41, over fellow Scotsman Mark Szaranek (Carnegie).

In the Women’s MC 200m Individual Medley Reagan Doig (Perth City Swim Club) set a new PB to win silver in 2:38.31. 

Carnegie showed their strength once again in the relays with Craig McLean, who won Men’s 15/16yrs 200m Free bronze earlier in the evening, Craig Bowman, Jack Szaranek and Mark Szaranek back in action in the Men’s 4x200 Free Relay to win bronze (7:36.18 ). 

Day Four 

Mark Szaranek (Carnegie) claimed the 17/18yrs 200m Individual Medley title in emphatic style, pulling away from his rivals with ease down the final 50m to finish in 2:02.27.

It was PBs all-round for the Men’s 17/18yrs 200m Butterfly medallists as City of Salford swimmer Benjamin Kerry (2:01.97) stole the win from Carnegie’s Craig Bowman, who set a new PB to take the second podium position in 2:02.48.

13 year old SB9 para-swimmer and Commonwealth Bronze Medal, Erraid Davies (Delting Dolphins) touched the wall in 1:24.01 (768 points) to take silver in the Women’s MC 100m Breaststroke. 

The 17/18yrs 200m Breaststroke the bronze medal went to Highland Swim Team’s Kara Hanlon in a a new PB of 2:33.23. 

Day Five

Warrington Warriors swimmer Kathleen Dawson (2:12.31) held off City of Milton Keynes swimmer Charlotte Evans (2:14.00) to smash through her lifetime best and take the Women’s 17/18yrs 200m Backstroke title, breaking the previous Scottish Record held by Hannah Miley. 

Craig McLean (Carnegie) set a new British and Scottish Age Group record to take the title in the final of the 15/16yrs 100m Freestyle in a time of 50.53.

In the 17/18yrs 100m Freestyle Jordan Hughes (North Ayrshire) stormed away from the rest of the field posting a solid time of 50.82 to beat Plymouth Leander swimmer Jack Smith (501.22) and City of Birmingham’s Bradley Lynch (51.59).

In the Men’s MC 100m Freestyle final Stefan Hoggan posted a time of 1:02.10 – just outside his best time – to win Gold. 

In the Men’s 15/16yrs 1500m Freestyle Angus Barr (South Lanarkshire) Graeme Smith’s Scottish Junior Record set in 1992 to win Silver (15:41.73). 

Garioch’s Orla Adams (4:56.44) who fought hard in the Women’s 19yrs/over to win bronze (4:46.44) 

In the Women’s 17/18yrs 200m Backstroke final,  Carnegie’ s Chelsea Lawson (2:13.46) secured silver in a closely contested final. Lawson’s team mate Tain Bruce took silver in the Women’s 15/16yrs 200m Fly (2:13.04)

In the 50m Backstroke splash and dash, South Ayrshire swimmer Karen Reid set a new PB (29.42) to share the 2nd spot and take silver alongside Katie Latham (Thanet Swim). 

Day Six

In the Men’s 15/16yrs 50m Freestyle final, Craig McLean (Carnegie SC) continued his record breaking streak – having broken the British Age Group benchmark in both the heat and the semi-final - taking victory in 23.27.

McLean was also up in the final of the Men’s 15/16yrs 100m Backstroke, adding silver to his incredible medal count of seven across the six day meet.

It was bronze for Perth City’s Tobermory McKay-Champion in the Men’s 15/16yrs 200m Breaststroke (2:20.86) for the bronze. 

In a tantalisingly close race, Angus Barr (South Lanarkshire) set a new Scottish Junior Record to claim second place on the podium in the Men’s 15/16yrs 400m Freestyle final (3:56.95) 

Carnegie were on fine form in the final event in Sheffield as they spoiled the Plymouth Leander party in the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay (Craig McLean, Mark Szaranek, Craig Bowman, Jack Szaranek), touching in a new Scottish Club record time of 3:46.12 for the win and securing a second place finish for Carnegie in the Club Competition. 

Full Results from the 2014 British Gas ASA National Youth Championships can be found here