Friday, March 29, 2019

Shanahan continues to dominate at Age Group Championships

Katie Shanahan added another two individual medals to her already impressive haul with gold and bronze in the 400m freestyle and 200m butterfly respectively on day 3 of the Scottish National Age Group Swimming Championships from Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.

The 14-year old City of Glasgow Swim Team athlete has dominated the 15 year old age category across events and tonight was no different, as she powered to victory in the 400m freestyle final, posting a time of 4:21.33, a new Scottish National Age Group Record (14 years).

While Shanahan led from the off, the battle was for the silver and bronze medals and that went to Tynmouth athletes Lucy Hedley and Ella Took to battle it out. It was Hedley who had the edge; she pushed home for silver in 4:28.47, just ahead of Took who won bronze in 4:28.81.

But Shanahan’s seven second victory was the talking point and she commented on her race, saying,

“My main target for the 400 was to try and build through the race; to start off quick but continue to build throughout so I was really happy with that, but it was hard.

“I’m not the best at tapering, I prefer to swim into a meet so it’s good to know I can do this, swim into a meet and do those times, I’m really happy, especially with it being a Scottish Record. To know I can do those times three weeks out from my main competition, which is the British Champs, gives me a lot of confidence.”

Speaking about her busy programme and her goals for the season, Shanahan said,

“I am used to doing a lot of events, I’ve done it for the last few meets and I’ll be swimming the same programme at British so I know my fitness levels are high and I can manage it.

“My main goal for the season is to make the team for the European Junior Championships. That’s something I’m really aiming for.”

Jack Muncey (Perth City) and Mark Ford (City of Glasgow Swim Team) put on a superb race in the 200m backstroke (16 years). Muncey took the race on in the early stages and enjoyed a slight lead going into the final turn, however, Ford was not finished. Ford powered onto the should of Muncey over the final 25m, but Muncey responded and held off the challenge to secure gold in 2:08.25, with Ford touched out for silver in 2:08.27. Jordan McPhail (Natare West London) won bronze in 2:13.62.

Muncey commented on the race,

“I knew coming into this final that Mark was going to push me far. I knew I had a little bit of a lead coming into the last 50 but I saw that he was catching so dug deep and all the training I’ve done back in Perth has paid off.

“For the British Trials me and Ann (Dickson, Head Coach at Perth City) have been working hard on my 200 race pace, and that did me well in the last 50when it started to hurt.”

Speaking about his Club and training partner, Stephen Milne, Muncey said,

“It is good training with Stephen, you are training with an Olympian, and I know that one day I can be like him so I try and keep up with him as much as I can.”

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