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Following a highly successful Scottish Nationals, a team of eight City of Glasgow swimmers travelled to Sheffield for the ASA National Short Course Championships at the famous and ‘fast’ Ponds Forge Pool.

Camilla Hattersley continued her impressive winter season with a brace of silver medals and career best swims. In her favoured 800 freestyle event she went head to head with London’s Aimee Wilmott the whole race, eventually touching for second place in a lifetime best of 8:21.70. A further battle with Wilmott followed in the 400 freestyle with Hattersley picking up another personal best for the silver medal in 4:04.17. Both were great swims although fatigue seemed to prevent a third one in the 200 freestyle where Hattersley finished in 9th place in the ‘A’ final in 1:58.98.

Promising junior swimmer Anna Fleming rounded off 2015 in style by winning three silver medals from three contested events in the British junior category (15 years & under) and setting a bunch of new Scottish records in the process. Her medal winning efforts came in the ‘B’ finals of the 50 butterfly (27.11), 100 butterfly (1:00.45) and 100 freestyle (55.61). All three events established new Scottish 15 years age group records and the 50 butterfly was also a new Scottish Junior record.

Distance ace Chris Lowther made a welcome return to form after a bout of illness with lifetime best performances when finishing eighth in the 1500 freestyle (15:22.54) and seventh in the ‘B’ final of the 400 IM (4:24.29). Lowther also placed ninth in the ‘B’ final of the 400 freestyle (3:56.15).

Glasgow newcomer Ryan Brown made a good impression on his first appearance at this meet with a third place finish in the ‘B’ final of the 200 butterfly in a new personal best time of 2:00.60 while Alastair Kirkwood recorded a time of 2:06.09 in the same event. Grant Henderson, a Glasgow School of Sport athlete, made the most of his single swim in the 50 freestyle with a big lifetime best of 23.17. Lauren Gilkes contested the 200 freestyle (2:05.12), 400 freestyle (4:22.20), and 200 backstroke (2:17.95) while Calum Deans will consider himself to have been unfortunate with a disqualification in his only race, the 400 IM.

Congratulations to all eight swimmers on a successful meet.

Ian Wright
Head Performance Coach