Monday, February 24, 2020

Memorable meet for young swimmers at McCullagh

The McCullagh International Meet at Bangor this past weekend was a significant step for selected swimmers as part of the Youth Development Squad, with positive performances across the board. 

The Swim Ireland McCullagh Meet served as the last part of a three year joint initiative between Scottish Swimming and Swim Wales that began in Swansea in 2018, stopped off in Aberdeen in 2019 and finished in Bangor, N. Ireland in 2020.  The initiative aimed to provide combined development opportunities for youth athletes along with coaches from both National Programmes, with over 120 athletes and 30 coaches participarting. The meet provided the opportunity to challenge technical, training and competition skills as well as linking together performance behaviours and process goals that support progress in these areas.

The McCullagh meet provided excellent competition to test these skills against some of the best swimmers from Ireland and Britain, whilst taking on the challenge of dealing with morning finals and evening heats. The meet featured the likes of Duncan Scott, Adam Peaty and Hannah Miley, with multiple excellent performances from the young Scottish squad, with a number of A and B finals made and lifetime and seasons best times achieved.

Whilst Scott picked up four gold medals, Miley and Murdoch claimed silver as well as young City of Glasgow swimmer Katie Shanahan taking gold in the Women's 200m Backstroke contest.

Scottish Swimming National Coach Alan Lynn commented “The swimmers from both squads have committed extremely well to implementing the individual plans and process goals set and consequently some excellent performances ensued. The level of competition was extremely challenging and we were delighted with the positive approach and commitment swimmers and coaches made to getting the best out of the experience. The meet sets the athletes up nicely for the rest of the season and we look forward to seeing further progress being made over the coming months and as the athletes develop in to the future. Overall we hope the swimmers have learnt some important lessons, enjoyed the experience and made some new friends within the sport” .

Full results can be found here.