Monday, January 20, 2020

Scottish swimmers shine in Geneva

Scottish swimmers returning from the CIG Meet in Geneva have every reason to defy what is traditionally considered ‘Blue Monday,’ having put in strong performances in an early test of long course swimming competition.

The 20-strong team return with 12 medals, but perhaps more importantly, new knowledge and racing experience, which they can now build on in the long lead up to Age Groups Championships in Aberdeen and the British Championships in London, both of which take place in April.

Katie Shanahan (City of Glasgow Swim Team) was crowned Top Junior Female swimmer as she returned with four medals: Gold in 200m back, 200m IM, 400m IM and Silver in 100m back. In the 200m backstroke junior final on the opening day, she led a Scottish 1-2-3 with Rachel Saunders (Warrender Baths Club) and Holly McGill (Heart of Midlothian) joining her on the podium. Shanahan’s time of 2:13.40 was a new senior and junior meet record for the event.

Shanahan went onto break the junior records for the meet in the 200m IM (2:15.69) and the 400m IM (4:49.41).

Anna Morgan (Millfield) won gold in the 100m breaststroke with a strong swim as she touched home in 1:10.68. Other medallists were Angus Allison (Warrender Baths Club) with silver in the 400m IM; Lucy Grieve (South Ayrshire Swim Team) and Madeleine Robertson (Club Natacion Mijas) won silver and bronze respectively in the 100m butterfly.

Evelyn Davis (Bromley) and Mark Ford (City of Glasgow Swim Team) won bronze in the 100m freestyle and 200m butterfly respectively.

Scottish Swimming’s National Coach, Alan Lynn, said of the overall performance from the team,

“The swimmers applied themselves positively all weekend. They bonded well, learned significant amounts from the staff and each other, having fun along the way. Almost all swims were faster from heats to finals and tough racing was evident throughout.

“The CIG Meet works very well for us as an early season competitive test and learning opportunity. Each year it presents new and challenging experiences against unknown opponents.

“Moving on from this weekend we look forward to some quality training and racing closer to home as the swimmers build towards London and the British Championships in April.”

The full results can be found HERE