Sunday, July 15, 2018

2018 Scottish Summer Meet: Round-Up

"The racing has been exciting and it’s been great to see so many swimmers achieving lifetime and season best performances." Ally Whike, Scottish Swimming's Director of Performance

The 2018 Scottish Summer Meet enjoyed record entries, welcoming almost 600 swimmers to Aberdeen who contributed to a superb three days of competition.

We had thrilling racing right from day one, with highlights including Calum Chittleburgh’s (Warrender BC) fantastic final 50m to power to gold in the Boys 17-18 200m backstroke ahead of Giano Napolitano (Bellshill Sharks). And there was another exciting East versus West duel between Warrender’s Abbi Sinclair and City of Glasgow’s Elise McQueenie in the Girls 14 Year Old 200m IM final, featuring three lead changes in the last three lengths as McQueenie came out on top in a time of 2:28.77.

And in the heats we had a Scottish National Age Group Record broken by Stefan Krawiec of East Lothian Swim Team. The 12-year-old set a time of 1:03.15 in the 100m butterfly, breaking Mark Ford’s previous best time of 1:03.67. That wouldn’t be Krawiec’s only record of the meet.

One of the stars from day two was Ryan Retson (F.I.R.S.T.), with a terrific performance in the Boys 17-18 Year Old 200m IM, taking the win from Lane 1 to add to his gold in the 200m butterfly. Another outside-lane victor was Ava Simpson (Dumfries) who won the Girls 15 Year Olds 200m backstroke from outside lane ahead of Lucy Lucas (East Lothian) and Maria Cabrelli (Dundee City Aquatics).

Earlier on, Euan Edmiston from Midlothian and Cameron McMaster from Dundee City Aquatics got day two off to a brilliant start in the Boys 16 Year Olds 1500m race. The boys went nip-and-tuck all the way to the touch, both finishing in under 18 minutes in a spectacular sprint finish. Edmiston took gold by 0.64s in 17:58.12.

In the Boys 14 Year Old 100m breaststroke final, Tony Anderson, Liam Murphy and Leon Campbell led a line of swimmers with only 25m to go to finish 1-2-3 in a brilliantly close race. Anderson (City of Glasgow) had to hold off challenge of second-placed Murphy (F.I.R.S.T.) and Campbell (Stirling Swimming) and touched in 1:13.65.

On the final day of competition, Stefan Krawiec twice set a new Age Group Record in the 50m butterfly, with a 28.96 in the heats before smashing that time in the finals with a 28.09.

Erika Coupek sealed a backstroke double with a dominant performance in Girls 16 Year Old 100m final, while Rhona Bowie was pushed hard in the last 25m of the Girls 15 Year Olds 100m breaststroke final by Megan Ruddy, but did jsut enough to touch home first.

Elsewhere, Mark Ford (City of Glasgow) won the 400m IM for the second year in succession at this meet, adding that victory to his 50m freestyle success earlier and now looks ahead to the British Championships at the end of July.

With two 50m butterfly events on the third night we were bound to be treated to close racing and the swimmers didn’t disappoint, in particular the Boys 15 Year Old medalists, who were separated by only 0.05s. Owen McBurnie (Dumfries) took gold ahead of Lewis Hammond (S Ayrshire) and Jason English (Warrender) in a time of 27.72.

After the conclusion of the meet, Scottish Swimming Performance Director, Ally Whike, said:

“This has been an excellent competition for our age groupers and youth swimmers and we have been pleased to see so many Scottish athletes from across the country and the rest of the UK concluding their season here in Aberdeen.

"The racing has been exciting and it’s been great to see so many swimmers achieving lifetime and season best performances.

“ASV is a venue that always lends itself to good racing, and the welcoming nature of our volunteers has helped to create a positive and friendly atmosphere.”

The swimmers were treated to guest appearances from 2018 Commonwealth Games finalists Hannah Miley on Euan Inglis on the Satuday and Sunday, who took the time to pose for pictures with the athletes and offer some advice for their careers ahead.

And last but not least, we would like to say a huge thanks to the venue staff, our sponsors and partners, and our first-class volunteers for making this meet possible.

Full results can be found on Swim Scotland, or via the MeetMobile App.