Thursday, March 28, 2019

Robertson continues record breaking form

Katie Robertson looked in fierce form as she dominated her final of the 200m breaststroke, with another record breaking performance.

The 17-year old from South Ayrshire made the four laps look easy as she powered ahead from the rest of the field and stormed to victory in a time of 2:30.39, shaving a full second and a half off the previous age group record.  Yvonne Brown from South Lanarkshire Swimming won silver in 3:35.18, while Ailsa Mcdonald of Northampton picked up bronze in 2:40.53.

After the race Robertson said,

“This morning went really well and tonight I just wanted to see how fast I could actually go. Obviously this meet isn’t my focus, that’s the British Champs in a few weeks’ time so tonight was really about having some fun and some good racing against the others and trying to nail my processes for two weeks’ time.

“I was a bit surprised with the time, I didn’t think I had it in me tonight. I’ve been stuck at the 2.31 mark for quite a while so a PB was overdue and I’m happy it happened tonight and it’s given me a lot of confidence for British.”

Speaking about any changes she may have made to her training to make this drop in time, she continued,

“Byron (Stericker, Head Coach) and I have been working on a bit more backend speed to help my 200. Last year my 50 and 100 were my strong points but I struggled a bit with the backend of the 200 so this season the focus on my training has been  the backend speed and it’s shown tonight that I’ve got it in me.”

Looking ahead to the 2019 season, Robertson said,

“There’s a Scottish Swimming trip to the USA at the end of the  summer so through qualification at the British Champs I hope to get my place on the team for that.”

Former Commonwealth and World Champion, and Olympic medallist, Robbie Renwick, was on hand to award the 400m freestyle medals at the end of the day. In the senior 17-18 years final, Dan Ferguson from Swim West Lothian took the honours, coasting home in 4:04.86, a convincing win over Liam McLaughlin of Warrender and Finlay Saunders of Hearts who won silver and bronze respectively.

After the final Ferguson said,

“I just wanted to come in and focus on my own race, not look around too much at the others.  This meet is about working on what we’ve been doing in training and implementing our race plans, so we have a bit of familiarity with it by the time we go to British.”

Looking ahead to the rest of the year, Ferguson concluded,

“By the end of the season I’d like to be going under four minutes for the 400, that’s the main goal that I’ve got.”

Earlier in the day the quartet of Craig McNally, Craig Benson, Callum Lawrie and Duncan Scott from University of Stirling, broke the Scottish National Club Record in the Boys 17 & over 4x100m medley relay, securing gold in 3:41.31.

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