Thursday, March 30, 2017

Records Continue to Fall at Age Group Championships

Day two of the Scottish National Age Group Championships saw a number of records being broken as well as a second athlete secure a consideration time for the Commonwealth Youth Games.

Katie Robertson, South Ayrshire Swim Team, secured her second breaststroke victory of the meet, the latest victory coming in her strongest of the distances, the 200m. Not only was her time of 2:31.83 a new Scottish Age Group Record (15yrs), it also dipped under the consideration time for the Commonwealth Youth Games. Her smile as she looked up at the scoreboard said it all, and after the race she commented,

“I’ve kept my eye on the consideration time for the Commonwealth Youth Games for quite a while now and I’m so excited to have done it. Posting it here gives me great confidence going to Sheffield for the British Championships in a couple of weeks’ time and I feel I can go even faster there.”

Speaking about the Youth Games themselves, she continued,

“My sister Erin went to Samoa for the Youth Games a couple of years ago and had an amazing experience. She got so much out of it and I’d really love to follow in her footsteps.”

At the start of the day Warrender Baths Club were leading the top points table and more record breaking performances this evening should see them leading into day 3. Jamie Littlefield secured back to back Age Group Records (12yrs) in the 50m breaststroke, posting 33.06 in the heats then 32.90 in the final. He said of his performance,

“I came into this meet really wanting to win. I’ve been so close to going sub 33 seconds for quite a while and was close again this morning. It was a great final and I’m glad to have gone faster and finally got the time I’ve been chasing.”

Warrender’s quartet of Calum Chittleburgh, Archie Goodburn, Jamie MacDonald and Sonny Kenndy broke the Scottish Junior Record for 4x100m medley with a time of 4:05.81. Goodburn also broke the 15yrs Age Groups Record for the 50m breaststroke in a time of 30.11.

Katie Shanahan (City of Glasgow Swim Team) continued her record breaking ways, with a new National Age Group Record (12yrs) for the 400m IM, touching home in 5:04.34. This smashed the record she only just set at the Edinburgh International a few weeks ago (5:07.19).  

John Kean of Swim West Lothian broke the National Age Group Record (14yrs) for the 50m breaststroke posting a time of 30.77, while the girls from Heart of Midlothian (Emma Russell, Lexie Waller, Keanna MacInnes, Ellie Reilly) also broke the Scottish Junior Record for 4x100m medley with a time of 4:17.23.

The full results service from the meet can be found at the Swim Scotland website:  

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 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 or

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