Tuesday, March 27, 2018

#SNAGS2018 Preview: All roads lead to Glasgow for UK's best young swimmers

The best swimmers from Scotland and the rest of the UK will descend on Glasgow this week for the 2018 Scottish National Age Group Championships, from Wednesday 28 March to Sunday 1 April.

Tollcross International Swimming Centre will play host around 1,000 swimmers, in the same venue in which the swimming events from Glasgow 2014 took place and where the inaugural multi-sport European Championships will be held.

For many, the event marks the first opportunity to win that first National Championships medal, make a final or score points for their club in the Top Team competition. Last year’s Top Team was Warrender Baths Club. Athletes can also gain ranking positions for the British Summer Nationals along with the Scottish Summer Meet held in July, if they perform well enough.

Scottish Swimming, in partnership with Glasgow-based QTV Sports, will once again be providing a free-to-air live stream from the Championships, broadcasting the evening sessions (finals) online from Wednesday. The stream link will be live on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube and also via our website here: www.scottishswimming.com/live.

During #SNAGS, Scottish Swimming’s partners TYR and Wright Sport will be on site offering merchandise. Lil-lets, the feminine hygiene brand, will also have a stand to offer their products.

Special guests in the form of Glasgow 2018 mascot Bonnie the Seal and a virtual Duncan Scott will also be present, on Thursday and Friday respectively. Bonnie the Seal will visit the pool to promote the Glasgow 2018 European Championships from 12noon till 12.40, while Scottish Water’s Challenge Duncan machine will make its FIRST appearance at a national event on Saturday, where you will have the chance to swim against the Olympian and World Champion, and #LearntoSwim ambassador.

Last year’s event at Aberdeen Sports Village was a finalist at the Scottish Tourism Awards in the Best Sporting Event category, alongside prestigious tournaments like The Open at Royal Troon and the UCI Mountain Biking World Cup. #SNAGS2017 won the regional prize for Aberdeen as part of the same award.

The Tollcross International Swimming Centre was opened in 1997 but underwent significant redevelopment ahead of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, reopening in 2013 after a £14m refurb.

Despite being a relatively new venue in comparison to the likes of the Royal Commonwealth Pool it has already provided the scene for historic moments in Scottish sport, such as Ross Murdoch’s gold medal in the 200m breaststroke at Glasgow 2014, where he beat compatriot Michael Jamieson.

And many of the country’s best young swimmers will be hoping to have their moment in the Glasgow spotlight when they make their mark at SNAGs. Follow the event on social media using the hashtag #SNAGS2018.

Tickets for the event will be on sale at the door only, there are no advanced ticket sales.

Session times are as follows, from Wednesday 28 March to Sunday 1 April:

Morning heats: 9.00

Afternoon heats: 13.40

Finals: 17.15


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