Thursday, April 2, 2015

Robertson Shows Class in Breaststroke Final

Day 3 of the Scottish National Age Groups Championships saw more records fall during a fantastic series of finals, much to the delight of the capacity crowd who had travelled to the Aquatics Centre in Aberdeen.

Katie Robertson broke the age group record for 200m breaststroke, not once, but twice in the space of a few hours. The 13 year old from South Ayrshire took almost 3 seconds off it during the afternoon heats, then broke it again in the final, posting a new best time of 2:35.62 for the age group.

Archie Goodburn continued his excellent form at these Championships taking gold in the 200m IM. The Warrender swimmer had already bagged a brace of medals last night helping Warrender to the top of the points table before today’s racing.

In the IM event Goodburn went head to head once again with Daniel Morley, with the Durham swimmer leading after 100m. However, Goodburn has an excellent breaststroke as we saw in last night’s 200m final (gold) and he took the lead with 50m to go. Goodburn then powered down the final 50m touching home in 2:18.82. Morley won silver in 2:21.92 and Greig Rowe of Carnegie took the bronze in 2:22.39.

Daniel Morley himself celebrated his 14th birthday by bringing his medal tally for the meet to five.  The Durham swimmer won Gold in the 200m freestyle, bronze in the 100m fly and silver in the 200m IM.

Young Mark Ford also got himself in the record books on his way to gold in the 100m butterfly. The South Lanarkshire swimmer touched home in 1:09.00, breaking Mark Szaranek’s record which has stood since 2007.

In the 17 & over category, Sean Campsie from University of Stirling posted an impressive 53.72. This will give him confidence going into the British Championships in London later this month. His team-mate Jordan Hughes also had a good victory in the 200m freestyle, edging out Matthew Parks of Edinburgh University by the narrowest of margins. Hughes took victory in 1:50.72, while Parks won silver in 1:50.73. Park’s teammate Cameron Smith won bronze in 1:54.59.

In the 16 years 200m freestyle final Scott McLay of Perth City timed his finish to perfection. Lying in third for much of the race, he charged down the final 50m overtaking both Murray Coueslant of Aberdeen and George Clough of Warrender to take the title in 1:57.70

Clough did finish the evening on a high however, winning gold in the 200m IM.

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

Photos from the event can be found on our Flickr page:

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