Wednesday, March 27, 2019 First medals won at Age Group Championships The look of concentration: Mark Ford on his way to gold in the 100m backstroke The first set of medals have been won as the Scottish National Age Group Swimming Championships kicked off today at Tollcross International Swimming Centre. The timing of this event sees many of the competitors ‘swimming through’ a hard block of training ahead of next month’s British Championships, but despite this, the racing proved very competitive and a number of age group records and personal bests broken. Mark Ford from City of Glasgow Swim Team was elated with his performance in the Boys 16 years 100m backstroke final. Ford dominated from the start and powered his way to victory in a time of 57.97. Perth’s Jack Muncey took silver in 1:00.27, while Owen McBurnie from Dumfries won bronze in 1:01.21. After the race Ford said, “I am so happy with that, training has been going really well but leading up to this meet I was having a few issues with push offs, but that’s turned out well and I’m really chuffed. “Coming into this meet I had no expectations but my coach and I did talk through plans for the season. The British Championships have always been the main focus for me. We're training through SNAGS so it is quite tough, but to PB is brilliant and it’s great that I’ll have to adjust my goals again ahead of British.” Keir Edgar cited his PB for his victory in the 17-18 years 100m backstroke as a ‘long-time coming’. The swimmer from FIRST took control of his final from the off to win gold in 58.13. Alexander Harris of Stirling won silver in 59.50, while Conor Massey from City of Glasgow Swim Team secured bronze in 59.92. Matthew Garrity from Inverclyde posted a 2-second PB in the Boys 15 years 200m breaststroke final. Garrity timed his race to perfection, lying in wait over the first 100m only to pounce in the back end of the race, and storming to victory in 2:28.24. Liam Murphy from FIRST won silver in 2:32.08, while Yousef El Dawy of Hamilton Aquatics (Dubai) won bronze in 2:32.15. Stefan Krawiec of East Lothian Swim Team started his meet well, securing two gold medals for the 100m backstroke and the 50m butterfly. It was the butterfly final, however, that the 13 year old East Lothian Swim Team athlete really shone, breaking the 13 years age group record touching home in a time of 27.20. In an earlier event, Katie Robertson from South Ayrshire Swim Team broke the 17 years age group record for 50m breaststroke posting a time of 32.13. Katie Shanahan from City of Glasgow Swim Team started her busy campaign winning gold in the 200m back, 100m free and silver in the 50m breast. The quartet from Warrender Baths Club of Abbie Sinclair, Katie Goodburn, Jason English and Angus Allison broke the Scottish Junior Club Record with 4:16.36 on their way to gold in the 4x100m mixed medley. A full results service is being provided by Swim Scotland, please click HERE. Steamscence are providing the live-stream via Facebook, YouTube and online at www.scottishswimming.com/live. Re-runs of the full day’s competition can be found at www.youtube.com/scottishswimming. For all the latest photos, news and interviews, follow us on Twitter (@ScottishSwim), Like us on Facebook (Scottish Swimming), Add us on Snapchat (scotswimming) and Follow us on Instagram (@scottishswimming) and stay up to date across the Championships with #SNAGS2019. The Scottish National Age Group Swimming Championships are taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre from 27-31 March 2019.