Sunday, April 02, 2017

Warrender Re-Claim Top Club Title at National Age Group Championships

They’ve dominated the race for Top Club from the start and as the curtain came down on the Scottish National Age Group Championships, the team from Warrender Baths Club were officially crowned Top Team at the event amassing a total points score of 1253.5.

Nearest rivals were the newly formed University of Aberdeen Performance Squad who were runners up with 969.5 points while last year’s winners, South Lanarkshire Swimming came in third with 799 points. City of Glasgow Swim Team came in fourth with 705 points while Hearts were fifth with 431 points (full list will be on the website shortly).

With medal winning performances on the final night from among others, Archie Goodburn, Roisin Ramsay, Joe Ewing, Katie Goodburn, George Clough, Warrender’s Head Coach, Laurel Bailey, looked very satisfied with the work of her young squad, she said:

“I am absolutely delighted that Warrender have taken the Top Club Title.

“It was very close last year and I expected it to be close again here. Since the 2016 meet Warrender has grown in strength and the points system recognises how many different swimmers got into finals, which is pleasing.”

Speaking about the recent changes at Warrender, Bailey continues,

“My role has changed. While I’m still Head Coach I now oversee the development of the Club and the coaches. Since September I’m on deck with a different squad every day, supporting and developing the Coaches.

“87 swimmers from seven different squads achieved one or more qualifying times for this meet, that’s 15 more than last year. There still lots more work to do and for a number of our athletes SNAGS hasn’t been their main focus, that’s the British Championships in a couple of weeks’ time where we’ll have a strong team of around 20 athletes competing.”

Scott McLay (Perth City) posted a nomination time for the Commonwealth Youth Games in the 100m free with a time of 51.03, while Katie Robertson (South Ayrshire) and Nikki Miller, both posted their second nomination times for the Bahamas, Katie in the 100m breaststroke (1:10.43) and Nikki in the 200m freestyle (2:03.76). Katie’s time was also a National Age Group Record (15yrs)

Katie Shanahan (City of Glasgow Swim Team) continued her great meet, posting another Scottish National Age Group Record (12yrs) in the 200m freestyle, coming home in 2:09.28, while Iona MacLeod (Dundee City Aquatics) broke the 13yrs Age Group Record for the same event with 2:05.64.

National Coach, Alan Lynn, commented on the Meet, he said:

“The 2017 Scottish National Age Group Championships were another great example of the progress we are making in Scottish Swimming. The Meet itself was run brilliantly and presented superbly at ASV.. The numbers of swimmer competing is evidence of the depth and breadth across our clubs. And of course, the quality of some of the racing was superb.

“With the leading youth swimmers focusing on the British Championships in a couple of weeks, it was encouraging to see so many younger swimmers stepping up to challenge the more established names. I was particularly pleased with the emphasis on process goals from the coaches and this is something we will continue to promote. Areas where we can do better are still on IM and the longer distance events.

“The response to the 'Technique Matters' project was also very promising and the development of technical excellence is a key goal for our coaches and swimmers. Overall as a benchmark of our improvement, the Meet was reassuring as we continue to ​support our clubs, coaches and swimmers to be the best they can be.

Earlier in the day the girls from Heart of Midlothian (Emma Russell, Lexie Waller, Keanna MacInnes, Ellie Reilly) secured their 3rd Scottish Junior Club Record touching home in the 4x200 freestyle in 8:41.19. Mark Ford of South Lanarkshire Swimming was also in record breaking form in the 50m backstroke where he broke the National Age Group Record (13yrs) in a time of 28.48.

Best female performance in a single event (based on FINA points) went to Keanna MacInnes of Hearts for her 2:11.24 (799 points) for the 200m butterfly.

Best male performance in a single event (based on FINA points) went to Andrew McIntosh (South Lanarkshire) for his 2:22.15 (713 points) for the 200m breaststroke.

The Sharp Trophy was awarded to Stefan Krawiec of East Lothian Swim Team for his performance in the 200m IM (2:44.46).

STV will be broadcasting a highlights show from Saturday’s finals on Sunday 2 April at 7.30pm on STV Edinburgh, STV Glasgow and STV Player.

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 by QTV Sports at www.scottishswimming.com/live.  Finals sessions are also available on demand on www.youtube.com/ScottishSwimming

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

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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