Sunday, March 31, 2019

Warrender retain Top Club Title

Edinburgh’s Warrender Baths Club was crowned Top Club as the curtain fell on the Scottish National Age Group Swimming Championships, which were held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.

Warrender has led the charge for the title from day one of the Championships and secured it through gold medal winning performances on the last day from  Archie Goodburn  in the 200m IM and 100m breaststroke; his sister Katie in the 100m breaststroke, as well as Angus Allison (200m IM) and David Kernohan (200m IM). Warrender finished on 1273 points, well ahead of nearest rivals City of Glasgow Swim Team who were runners up on 784 points. 

After the meet, Head Coach of Warrender, Laurel Bailey, commented on the squad and the programme at the Club. She said,

“We have had 86 swimmers involved in the five days of competition. We’ve had around that number for the last few years so this is consistent with what we’ve been building over that time.

“The swimmers come from seven different training squads and are coached by seven different people, and we’ve another seven training squads below that and the coaches involved in those squads have obviously been the ones who have done all the ground work for a lot of the swimmers who are here.

“Our performance here shows the depth of the whole club and the kids are all at very different stages. You know we’ve got a lot of kids in the 11-13 age group who are experiencing Scottish Age Groups for the very first time. They may be picking up outside lanes in finals or just missing out on finals, and for us we really want them to experience what racing is all about and then when they come back as 14, 15, 16 year olds we really look for them to build on their performances each year and get stronger and stronger. We’re seeing that across the age groups where as they get older we get more and more swimmers into finals positions and medal positions. It really fits with our development programme at the Club.”

The top ten clubs are as follows:

Placing

Club

Points

1

Warrender Baths Club

1273

2

City of Glasgow Swim Team

784

3

University of Aberdeen Performance Swim Team

501

4

Heart of Midlothian

493

5

Swim West Lothian

484.5

6

East Lothian Swim Team

383

7

South Ayrshire Swim Team

374

8

South Lanarkshire Swimming

297.5

9

Dumfries

275

10

FIRST

262

Katie Shanahan and Mark Ford from City of Glasgow Swim Team picked up the award for Best Performance by a boy and girl 16 years and under. Katie scored 796 points for her 200m IM, while Mark’s award was for his 100m backstroke performance which scored him 715 points.

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

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