Monday, July 15, 2019

2019 Scottish Summer Meet: Round-Up

Over 600 swimmers descended on Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool for this year’s Scottish Summer Meet 20019, with fantastic performances contributing to four fiercely competitive days of action.

Day one consisted of a number of heat declared winner events. Yet, it was within the first hour of action that we witnessed a new age group record being set. Matthew McMillan of Carnegie SC claimed a new 12 year old age group record on the 400 IM with a time of 5:05:14.

Whilst Matthew tasted success in the boys events, it was Jessica Heeps of West Lothian who took top spot in the girls. Her gold medal in the 12-13 year old 400 IM was the first of five medals across the weekend.

There was similar success for Drew McKenzie (City of Glasgow Swim Team) who started her meet with gold in the 14 year old 400 IM and went on to claim an impressive five gold medals.

Throughout day two we witnessed dominant performances from some of our male swimmers, with Murray Dickson (Stirling) and John Houston (South Ayrshire) featuring heavily amongst most of our sprint events.

Murray Dickson of the 12-13 year old age group claimed a clean sweep across 50m events, whilst John Houston was a popular name for our commentary team throughout numerous races in the 17-18 year old age group.

In a strange coincidence, there were two of our 1500m events decided within less than a second. Sophie Wicks of Northampton pipped Ellie Hamilton of F.I.R.S.T to gold in the 14 year old 1500m freestyle on Saturday afternoon. Whereas, there was a similar fate on Sunday afternoon where Jake Gibson (Broch) narrowly claimed top spot in the 12-13 year old 1500m freestyle over Callum Peebles (East Lothian). This would not be the final race determined by the length of a fingertip.

By the time it got round to our final session, the spectators were in fine voice supporting their swimmers. The competitive nature of the meet was epitomised by one of our final races where we witnessed a tie for gold. Eve Corrigan of Warrender Baths and Lucy Lucas of East Lothian could not be separated in the 16 year old 100m backstroke final with a tied time of 1:07:38.

The young swimmers were treated to guest appearances from some of our top athletes, with Stephen Milne, Craig McNally, Tain Bruce and Scott Quinn taking time to present medals and pose for pictures across Saturday and Sunday.

In a hectic calendar of events across the summer, our swimmers will be able to look back fondly on their experience at the 2019 Scottish Summer Meet, with a number of lifetime and season-best performances.

Lastly, we would like to thank our venue staff at Edinburgh Leisure as well as our partners at TYR and Wrightsport for their support across the event. With a special note of appreciations to our amazing volunteers, who make the entire experience possible with their passion and dedication.

Full results can be found on Swim Scotland.