Monday, March 16, 2020 Positive performances at National Junior Para Swimming Championships Sunderland Aquatics Centre hosted the National Junior Para Swimming Championships Sunderland Aquatics Centre hosted this year’s National Junior Para Swimming Championships this past weekend, and there were a number of medals for Scottish swimmers. 14 swimmers across 7 clubs travelled south for the meet which started on Saturday. The action was split in to three age groups; 10-13 years, 14-16 years and 17-18 years. Katie Pake of Carnegie Swimming Club won the first medal of the weekend. Katie’s swim of 1:34.63 in the 100m backstroke secured third spot in the 10-13 years’ age group. You can read more about Katie’s story here. East Lothian’s Dylan Blakely won silver in the men’s 100m backstroke event. Dylan’s time of 1:08.11 in the 17-18 years’ category was one of two medals he won across the weekend. The East Lothian swimmer followed up his silver with a bronze in the 100m butterfly, just behind Motherwell and Wishaw Swim Team’s Logan Smith, who won silver in a time of 1:04.24. There was also medal success for Cerys McCrindle of South Ayrshire Swim Team. Cerys touched home in 3:11.57 in the 200m freestyle (17-18 years) to win bronze. As wel as Natalia Chociaj of Aberdeen Dolphins in the 100m butterfly, winning bronze in a time of 1:29.18 in the 17-18 year age category. Disability performance development manager Paul Wilson said “The meet was a great opportunity for some of our younger athletes to work on their race preparation and execution. There were some great swims from the group, aided and supported by a great coaching team. I was really pleased to see the youngsters step up to the challenge that this meet presented and I look forward to seeing their progress across the rest of the season.” You can find the full results of the meet, here.