Saturday, December 18, 2021

Glasgow do the double at inaugural National League final

City of Glasgow Swim team were crowned double National League Champions today as the new competition reached its grand finale at Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

 

In what was a raucous atmosphere, Glasgow looked comfortable in the venue that they call home, leading the way from the off, with dominant performances across the board.

 

They ended up taking the Division 1 crown with a momentous 367 points – 21 ahead of Warrender Baths Club. It was the same placing in Division 2 with COGST placing 1st with 331 points, and Warrender 2nd on 288 points.

 

Rivals Warrender did well to chase the Glaswegians all the way – but they were always just out of reach of taking that sought after first place slot.

 

University of Aberdeen Performance also showed up well, finishing a very respectable third in both Division 1 and Division 2, pushing the top two all the way.

 

Talking of his team’s impressive performance, City of Glasgow Head Coach Ian Wright said: “It is fantastic to get a win in both the A and B finals – it was obviously our target, but the swimmers still have to perform on the day.”

 

“We knew that it would be close between ourselves, Warrender and Aberdeen and it wasn’t until the very end that it was clear we had won. You’re always worried about disqualifications – and we had one in a middle relay which costs us a lot of points to Warrender, so you just never know how it will go.

 

“With the Covid situation it’s extremely hard too – for all the teams – and we’ve certainly been affected by this by having to move teams around throughout the competition. We also missed Katie Shanahan who is away in Abu Dhabi at the World Short Course Championships.”

 

“But we’re obviously just delighted to win after what’s been a really tough year – it’s great to see the smiles on the faces of our swimmers.”

 

 

 

The final, which featured 10 teams in each division, saw a number of team events – with a focus on fun competition and teamwork.

 

The day marked the last Scottish Swimming event of the calendar year – a year which saw the return events back in summer with another new competitive fixture, the Festival of Swimming.

 

Scottish Swimming Director of Aquatics Ally Whike said: “We were delighted that we were able to put this meet on at the end of what has been a tough year. Whilst we weren’t able to allow spectators, the atmosphere created by swimmers and their teams was fantastic.

 

“There was a number of great swims, but more importantly it was a great opportunity for teams to get together and compete as one.

 

“Hopefully next year will be an even busier year for Scottish swimmers in terms of events, allowing them to continue developing and improving as athletes.”

 

Division 1 Final Results

 

PLACE

TEAM

POINTS

1st

City of Glasgow Swim Team

367

2nd

Warrender Baths Club

346

3rd

Uni of Aberdeen Performance F

292

4th

East Lothian Swim Team

236

5th

South Ayrshire Swim Team

208

6th

Aberdeen Dolphin ASC

188

7th

Stirling Swimming Club

174

8th

North Lanarkshire Swim Team

137

9th

Hamilton Baths ASC

128

10th

Dumfries ASC

114

 

Division 2 Final Results

 

PLACE

TEAM

POINTS

1st

City of Glasgow B

331

2nd

Warrender B

288

3rd

Uni of Aberdeen F

241

4th

Dundee City Aquatics

238

5th

Heart of Midlothian ASC

224

6th

Inverclyde ASC

197

7th

Falkirk Integrated Regional Swim Team

180

8th

Milngavie & Bearsden ASC

171

9th

Swim West Lothian

167

10th

Ren 96 Swim Team

149