Saturday, April 1, 2017

Bahamas beckons for MacInnes who posts second Youth Games nomination time

The penultimate day of the Scottish National Age Group Championships saw Warrender Baths Club extend their lead in the race to be crowned Top Club while Keanna MacInnes of Hearts also secured her second consideration time for the Commonwealth Youth Games.

15-year old MacInnes (Hearts) led the field from the off in her 100m butterfly final, coming home in 1:00.81, a consideration time for the Bahamas and only 0.1 off the Scottish Junior Record she set in Indianapolis at the beginning of March.

Team-mate Lexie Waller was only 0.04 off her second consideration time, posting 26.69 in the 50m backstroke, while Emma Harvey (Millfield) was a close second and only 0.05 off the consideration time with 26.70.

With Hearts also in the top 5 for Top Club, Head Coach Phil Potter was looking pleased at what his young squad were achieving at the meet. He said,

“There’s a lot to aim for this year with places to be secured for European and World Juniors and of course the Commonwealth Youth Games.

“Our target meet is actually the British Championships in Sheffield in a couple of weeks time so we’ve come to SNAGS unprepared, using the meet as a good racing opportunity and results suggest we’re on the right track.

With Hearts currently lying fifth in the Top Club rankings for the meet, Potter continued,

“There’s a really strong culture in the club, with a good group of boys coming through and a lot of competition amongst the younger females. Our girls relay team have come well and we’ll want to continue that and qualify for the British Summer Championships later this year.”

Earlier in the day Iona MacLeod from Dundee City Aquatics broke the Scottish National Age Group Record (13yrs) for the 800m freestyle, posting a time of 9:00.58.

A number of individual race highlights can be found on and the Girls 15 years 200m IM final is amongst several final moments worth viewing again with Lucy Ross (South Lanarkshire), Gaia Alcaras (Aberdeen Performance) and Eilidh Redpath (Midlothian) putting in a fantastic final 50m for a nail-biting finish. The same can be said for the Boys 16 years 400m IM where Archie Goodburn (Warrender) and Daniel Ferguson (Swim West Lothian) battled it out to the touch.

STV will 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.

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

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,