Saturday, March 30, 2019

Goodburn targets junior championships

Despite a busy schedule and an element of fatigue setting in, Archie Goodburn is relying on his training and experience to push on and continue his race practice ahead of the British Championships in just over two weeks time.

Goodburn, Warrender Baths Club, secured a comfortable win in the 100m butterfly, taking victory in 54.82. Craig Greenock from City of Glasgow Swim Team and Jamie Macdonald from Warrender could not be separated, both touching home in 57.32 for silver. Goodburn said of his race,

“I’m really happy with that, to swim under 55 at this point in the season is really good. I had easy speed on the first 50, then built it through the third 25 and finished with my head down to the end.”

Speaking about his race schedule, he continued,

“I had a busy schedule coming into the meet but I have pulled out of a few events. I’m not tapered or shaved down for this meet and having British in two weeks I’m a bit fatigued and I don’t want to tire myself out too physically before then. It is still a busy schedule and I’m getting in the race practice for two weeks time.”

Having been to the European Youth Olympic Festival in Győr Hungary back in 2017, Goodburn is keen for further representative honours; he said,

“I’m obviously aiming to be picked for a junior team, whether it’s the European Juniors or World Juniors will depend on the British Champs and British Swimming. Scotland are also taking an open team to the US later in the summer and that’s potentially an option for our final meet of the season.

“For me it all started at EYOF and my teammate Angus Allison is hoping to get on the team and I really hope he does it as it’s a great experience.”

Youth Squad Member Rosie Morgan, was on good form winning the girls 16 years 100m butterfly. The Hamilton Aquatics athlete touched home in 1:03.65, just ahead of team-mate Victoria Bergeli who finished with silver in 1:04.28. Ellie Turner of Carnegie won bronze in 1:04.62.

 Morgan said of her race,

“Going straight in from the 200m IM proved to be a good warm up actually. The first 50 was good then I had my teammate with me so we were just battling it out for first and second.”

Speaking about travelling from Dubai to compete at the Scottish National Age Group Championships, she continued,

“Honestly coming to this meet is amazing, it’s a whole new level of competition and is a really good opportunity.”

Morgan was part of the Scottish Youth Squad who travelled to Geneva at the end of January to compete at the Geneva International Meet. She said of that experience,

“Being at the beginning of the season it was a steep learning curve. To be honest I didn’t have the most amazing of swims but I learned so much about the processes and spotting weaknesses and taking those back into training to help me improve.”

Earlier in the evening, Katie Shanahan continued her excellent form, setting a new Scottish Junior Record for 200m IM. The 14 year old City of Glasgow athlete powered to victory in 2:16.03.

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The Scottish National Age Group Swimming Championships are taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre from 27-31 March 2019.