Saturday, April 2, 2016

Retson, Bell Claim Sixth Titles in Glasgow

Ryan Retson of FIRST and William Bell from City of Leicester collected their fifth and sixth individual titles on Day 4 of the Scottish National Age Group Championships, which are being held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.

Reston has performed consistently over the course of the event and started the evening with a win in the 200m freestyle. Going out strong from the start Retson powered to victory in 1:55.83. Scott Gibson of South Lanarkshire won silver in 1:58.59 while Joe Watt from City of Glasgow Swim Team secured bronze in 2:00.09.

Later on in the evening Retson returned to the top of the podium having taken apart the field in the 200m IM. Reston showed his strength in backstroke establishing more than a two second lead at the half way mark. He continued to dominate the event touching home in 2:07.95, well ahead of nearest rival Thomas Balfour of North Lanarkshire who finished in silver in 2:15.21 and Fraser Allison of Warrender who secured bronze in 2:15.46.

William Bell from City of Leicester is also showing dominant form in the 14 years age category. Like Retson he picked up another two titles bringing his medal haul to six golds form six events.

Other performances of note tonight included Keanna MacInnes from Hearts in the 15 years final for 100m butterfly. MacInnes added to her own individual medal tally winning gold in 1:03.26. Kirstin Lawrie from FIRST took silver in 1:04.97, while Yasmin Perry from City of Aberdeen Swim Team won bronze in 1:06.10.

Earlier in the day Iona MacLeod from Dundee City Aquatics broke the National Age Group Record (12yrs) for 800m free coming home in 9:23.29. Mark Ford from South Lanarkshire broke the National Age Group Record (12yrs) for 100m butterfly with a time of 1:03.67, while Katie Robertson from South Ayrshire Swim Team broke the 50m breaststroke National Age Group Record (14yrs) in 32.73.

At the start of the day there were only eight points separating South Larnarkshire and Warrender in the Top Club competition so there is still everything to swim for on the final day.

The full results service from the meet can be found at

The Scottish National Age Groups Championships has attracted over 1000 athletes and the event runs until 3 April with the evening session (finals) being streamed live at

Photos from Day 4 of the event can be found on our Flickr page:

Session times for the event are as follows:

Wednesday 30 March – Sunday 3 April

Morning Heats: From 08:30         

Afternoon Heats: From 13:00*      

Evening Finals: From 17:15       

* Earlier starting time on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd April of 12:50.

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

The event can also be followed on social media by using #SNAGS2016 as hashtag, as well as on Scottish Swimming’s website,