Friday, April 1, 2016

South Ayrshire’s Robertson Storms to Victory in Breaststroke Final

"Everything just came together there and I’m really happy with the race." Katie Robertson

Day 3 of the Scottish National Age Group Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre was again packed with exciting races and some outstanding performances.

Katie Robertson of South Ayrshire Swim Team destroyed the rest of the field in the 15 years 200m breaststroke final. Getting off to a flying start she extended her lead almost with each stroke and touched home in 2:34.29, almost ten seconds ahead of nearest rival, Ailsa McDonald of Northampton. She finished in 2:43.89 for the silver medal while Katie Lynch of North Lanarkshire won bronze in 2:45.80.

Speaking after the race she said,

“That felt fast and it was so much better than my heat this morning. Everything just came together there and I’m really happy with the race."

Ryan Retson of FIRST continued his title winning form, with gold in the 50m freestyle. He powered to victory in 24.33 a good half second ahead of Josh Munroe from City of Leciester (25.12) who just took the touch ahead of bronze medallist Scott Gibson of South Lanarkshire in 25.16.

Retson said of his performances,

“I’ve been training really hard and my results show that the hard work is paying off. I do want to go faster at the British Championships in a couple of weeks’ time and I’m hoping to make the final in some of my events.”

Ellie Turner of Carnegie finally got her first National Age Group record (12yrs) posting 2:25.16 for the 200m backstroke, while Douglas Kelly of Milngavie & Bearsden continued his record breaking run with  victory in the 50m free in a new National Age Group record of 26.77. He also took victory in the 100m breaststroke.

Pending ratification of the para records, Erraid Davies posted what looks to be a new British Record (SB9) time of 2.57.30 in the 200m breaststroke.

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 2 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,