Monday, July 12, 2021

Shanahan shines in Rome

“It’s fantastic to see these young Scottish swimmers producing such high-quality performances against some tough competition from across Europe. Reaching finals and winning medals are only part of the story, it was a huge learning experience for everyone and I'm delighted that Scots made a significant contribution to the British team.” Alan Lynn, National Coach

With the European Junior Swimming Championships drawing to a close at the Stadio del Nuoto arena in Rome yesterday after a fantastic six days of racing, there were some impressive performances from the seven scots who were part of the 24-strong British team.

Katie Shanahan of City of Glasgow Swim Team shone throughout the competition with standout performances across several events starting with a Gold on Day One in the 400m Individual Medley, setting a new PB of 4:42.59 and beating the Turkish swimmer Deniz Ertan to secure top spot on the podium.

Katie commented “I’m really happy about today’s victory. I’ve done my best. I really didn’t expect to win.” She said, commenting on the venue, “I’m excited to swim in this pool, it’s my first time.”

Shanahan’s form continued throughout the week tying for Silver in the 100m Backstroke with French swimmer Moluh in 1:00.93 with Gaetani of Italy taking Gold.

The City of Glasgow swimmer dominated the Individual Medley events taking Gold in the 200 IM to achieve the Medley Double on the penultimate day of the competition in a time of 2:13.13 beating Russia’s Anastasiia Sorokina.

Katie secured a further medal in the Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay where she led the backstroke leg in the quartet of Shanahan, Freeman, Mildred and fellow Scot Evelyn Davis of Bromley SC who swam the final leg to bring home Silver in a time of 3:51.48.

Scot, Evie Davis also picked up a Bronze earlier in the 100m Freestyle in 55.25 beating Stanisavljevic of Serbia to secure a place on the podium. Davis’ 3rd medal came in the Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay where she joined Okaro, Rogers and Van Selm to take Silver ahead of Hungary with Russia taking Gold.

Katie Shanahan’s 5th and 6th medals of the competition came in the 200m Backstroke final where she took Silver and then Bronze as part of the Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Team Relay with Leah Schlosshan, fellow Scot Lucy Grieve (South Ayrshire Swim Team) and Tamryn Van Selm.

Lucy Grieve of South Ayrshire and Angus Allison of Warrender Baths Club produced impressive performances, setting PBs to make the finals of the 100m Butterfly and 200 Individual Medley events respectively. Allison went on to secure a spot in the final of the 400m IM on the final day of the competition.

Overall the Scots put in some impressive performances making a significant contribution to the medal tally of 12 medals for the British team of 24 athletes enabling Britain to finish 6th in the medal table.

Overall the Scots put in some impressive performances making a significant contribution to the medal tally of 12 medals for the British team of 24 athletes enabling Britain to finish 3rd in total medals won.

 

Alan Lynn, Scottish Swimming National Coach and Team Leader for the Rome campaign commented,

 

“It’s fantastic to see these young Scottish swimmers producing such high-quality performances against some tough competition from across Europe. Reaching finals and winning medals are only part of the story, it was a huge learning experience for everyone and I'm delighted that Scots made a significant contribution to the British team.”

 “It’s great to see international competition on again after a challenging 18 months and allow our athletes to gain valuable racing and arena experience in the Stadio del Nuoto. There have been some outstanding performances throughout the week and the whole British team can feel proud of what they have achieved."

 The next Olympics is just three years away and beckons for those who can successfully make the transition from junior to senior levels of performance.