Saturday, September 24, 2016

Glasgow retain National Junior Team title

The top 10 Scottish teams from the 2016 National Age Group Championships converged on Tollcross International Swimming Centre today to contest the Scottish National Junior Team Championships with City of Glasgow Swim Team successfully defending their title.

With strong challenges from Warrender, South Lanarkshire and City of Aberdeen Swim Team the Glasgow squad had to put in strong performances throughout the course of the day and that they did, finishing on top with 280 points.

Speaking after the team collected their trophy, Head Coach, Ian Wright, said:

“I don’t know if on paper we were expected to win but I was certainly looking for a top 3 finish.  We definitely got off to a good start but there were a few harder swims in the afternoon and some drama in the relays. Overall it was a really good team performance and I’m obviously pleased we came out on top.”

Speaking about the event itself, Wright continued:

“It’s an exciting team competition and we don’t often get the chance to compete as a team over one day. While it wasn’t so much about posting fast times, I did stress to all the swimmers that I wanted them to execute their races well. The event is also really useful as a team building exercise, helping to build the culture of working hard, supporting and cheering each other on.”

Final points for the event were as follows:





City of Glasgow Swim Team



Warrender Baths Club



South Lanarkshire Swimming



City of Aberdeen Swim Team






Heart of Midlothian



South Ayrshire Swim Team



North Lanarkshire Swim Team



Swim West Lothian



Dumfries Dolphins



The other competition was an invitational event, where senior athletes competed in head to head races representing Team Ally (Ally Whike, Performance Director) or Team Alan (Alan Lynn, National Coach).

Both teams raced well and it looked like it was going to go down to the wire, but it was Team Alan who again came out on top with a points total of 265 to Team Ally’s 245. A delighted Alan Lynn said afterwards:

“It was fantastic to see so much good racing and close racing; we were trying to get people to learn how to get their hands on the wall first. The meet is great fun and for everyone to enter into the spirit of the event, with the result going down to the wire and the very last race.

“What we want is for swimmers to learn how to race, to be tough in racing. We didn’t pay any attention to what the times were, it was about executing a race plan and making sure they beat the person in the next lane.

"It's been really good fun, the whole competition has been great, everyone’s said it’s been a magic start to the season, and if some of the performances today are anything to go by it’s going to be another great season for Scottish Swimming. “

The full breakdown of the results can be found here: