Friday, March 31, 2017

Miller and MacInnes secure consideration times for Bahamas

Day three of the Scottish National Age Group Championships, taking place at Aberdeen Sports Village, brought further celebration as two more swimmer achieved consideration times for places on Youth Team Scotland who will head to the Bahamas in July.

Nikki Miller (South Lanarkshire Swimming) and Keanna MacInnes (Hearts) dominated their respective events with Nikki taking gold in the 400m freestyle in a time of 4:19.04 and Keanna storming to victory in the 200m butterfly, coming home in 2:11.24, a new Scottish Junior Record.

Both girls were clearly delighted by their achievements with Nikki saying,

“I’m super pleased. I was really nervous coming into the final, as I knew that this would be my big chance of securing the time in this event. It was tight but I’m really happy I’ve achieved it. I feel the pressure is off now and I can now focus on my other events down in Sheffield in a couple of weeks’ time.

“Seeing Lexie (Waller) and Katie (Robertson) make times in their respective events the last couple of days really spurred me on. As a group we’ve talked about what it would mean if we could all make the team; I’m just so happy to be in the mix now.”

Keanna also voiced her excitement,

“My coach (Phil Potter) and I spoke ahead of the meet. I have done the required time in the past but knew I had to do it here or in Sheffield. It’s good to have got it, but I still want to go faster at the British Championships.”

Speaking about Phil being the swimming coach for Youth Team Scotland in the Bahamas, Keanna continued,

“If I am selected it will be great to have Phil there as the coach. The Commonwealth Youth Games was a goal we set together for this season and I’m really excited at the prospect of going.”

11 year old Saskia Wade (City of Glasgow Swim Team), who is making her National Age Group Championship debut, enjoyed a great day setting a new Scottish Age Group Record in both the heat and final of the 50m freestyle, ending with a time of 28.20.

Archie Goodburn (Warrender Baths Club) was also on record breaking form this evening, with a new Age Group Record (15yrs) for 100m breaststroke – 1:05.47.

Earlier in the day, Gulsum Onal (Swim West Lothian) broke another 18yrs National Age Group Record posting 26.23 for the 50m freestyle while the girls from Heart of Midlothian (Emma Russell, Lexie Waller, Keanna MacInnes, Ellie Reilly) secured yet another Scottish Junior Club Record touching home in the 4x100m freestyle in 3:59.62.

At the start of the day Warrender Baths Club were still the front runners for the Top Club Trophy.

The full results service from the meet can be found at the Swim Scotland website: http://swimscotland.co.uk/meets17/snags/index.htm  

The Scottish National Age Groups Championships has attracted almost 1000 athletes and the event runs until 2 April with the evening session (finals) being streamed live at www.scottishswimming.com/live. STV will also be broadcasting a highlights show from Saturday’s finals, to be aired on Sunday 2nd April at 7.30pm on STV Edinburgh, STV Glasgow and the STV Player.

Session times for the event are as follows:

Wednesday 29 March – Sunday 2 April

Morning Heats: From 09:00                 

Afternoon Heats: From 13:20      

Evening Finals: From 17:15*          

* Earlier starting time on Thursday 30 March and Sunday 2 April of 16:45

More information about the event and daily summary reports can be found at http://www.scottishswimming.com/snags or www.facebook.com/scottishswimming

The event can also be followed on social media by using #SNAGS2017 as hashtag, as well as on Scottish Swimming’s website, www.scottishswimming.com

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