Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Records tumble on Day 2 of Scottish National Age Groups Championships

A packed gallery witnessed a number of age group records fall with the younger swimmers relishing the competition on day 2 at the Scottish National Age Groups Championships, taking place at Aberdeen's Aquatic Centre.

Keanna MacInnes of Hearts is on great form for these Championships, and picked up her third individual medal today. She followed up yesterday’s bronze in the 1500m freestyle with gold in both the 400m IM and 200m butterfly. Her time in the butterfly was a new 13 years age group record lowering the national standard to 2:20.87.

The boys 16 years 200m breaststroke final produced a fantastic battle between George Clough of Warrender and Cameron Muir of South Ayrshire.

Clough was in the lead at the half way mark but a superb final 50m saw Muir shoulder to shoulder with Clough. Going into the wall nothing separated the athletes, only the timing equipment had Clough confirmed as winner in 2:40.60, 1 one hundredths of a second ahead of Muir, who finished with the silver medal in 2:40.61. Jacob Marchbank of Perth City won the bronze medal in 2:31.31.

The next race didn’t disappoint either with University of Stirling team-mates Craig Benson and Ross Murdoch battling it out for the title. Both produced seasons best times but it was the Commonwealth Champion Murdoch who took the touch in 2:13.02 with Benson wining silver in 2:13.54. Benedict Tortolano of Stirling finished in third in 2:19.71.

Ryan Retson of FIRST won a brace of individual gold medals today and also gets his name into the record books, setting a new 14 years age group record for 50m fly, taking the title in 26.52. He also went onto win the 100m backstroke final (competing in the 15 years age group) posting a time of 1:02.06.

Douglas Kelly of Milngavie & Bearsden broke the 11 years record for the 50m fly, setting a new national standard of 29.95.

Scott McLay(Perth City) also has a hat-trick of gold medals to show from his efforts so far. He added to the 800m freestyle title he won last night with gold in both the 50m butterfly and 100m backstroke.

After coming tantalisingly close time in the heats, the 13 years age group record for the 50m back was most definitely on the cards for Lexie Waller, and the Heart of Midlothian swimmer did not disappoint, taking the title and the record in 30.33.

Other races which impressed included the girls 17 years and over 200m butterfly where Tain Bruce of Carnegie enjoyed a great battle with Meg Finnon of South Lanarkshire. It was the Fifer who came away with the top honours, taking the title in 2:14.01. Finnon produced a strong final 50m and finished with the silver medal in 2:14.46. Gillian Clark from Edinburgh University came away wi ththe bronze medal in 2:19.91.

The full results service from the meet can be found at

The Scottish National Age Groups Championships has attracted over 900 athletes and the event runs until 5 April with the evening session (finals) being streamed live at The morning and afternoon heats can be followed with our CoverItLive feed, which can be found at

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Session times for the event are as follows:

Tuesday 31st March

  • Evening Finals:                  From 17:00

Wednesday 1 – Sunday 5 April

  • Morning Heats:                 From 08:30         
  • Afternoon Heats:               From 13:00         
  • Evening Finals:                 From 17:15         

More information about the event and daily summary reports can be found at /snags or

The event can also be followed on social media by using #SNAGS2015 as hashtag, as well as on Scottish Swimming’s website,  And to bring all social media coverage together in one place check out