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British Summer National Championships - 24-29 July 2018 – Ponds Forge Pool, Sheffield (50m)

Thirty-one swimmers from City of Glasgow Swim Team descended on Ponds Forge International Sports Centre to battle it out with over 1600 competitors from more than 300 other swimming clubs from across the UK, winning a total of 13 medals, after reaching 41 finals and setting 41 new personal best times from a total of 129 swims.

Fourteen-year-old Katie Shanahan was one of the stars of the meet after returning with seven medals. Taking on a heavy schedule that saw her race 26 times across the six-day event, Shanahan was in great form, capturing gold medals in the 100 and 200m Backstroke as well as the 200 and 400m Individual Medley events. The busy youngster then added silver medals in the 400 and 800m Freestyle events and a bronze in the 200m Freestyle. Shanahan’s times in the 200m Freestyle (2:04.10) and 400m Individual Medley (4:50.69) were both new Scottish 14 years Age Group records.
Fourteen-year-old Mark Ford was one of the club’s leading competitors when winning three medals – one of each colour. Ford, a pupil at the Glasgow School of Sport, captured the 15 years 50m Backstroke title with a very fast time of 27.20. He followed this up with silver in the 100m Backstroke and a hard fought bronze in the 100m Butterfly.

In the Multi-Class Para events, Andrew Mullen was using the meet as part of his preparation for the European Championships in two weeks time and was pleased to defend his titles in both the 50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly. Fast improving S14 swimmer Gavin Roberts was also successful, racin powerfully to claim silver in the 100m Breaststroke event.

Lauren Wetherell has made huge progress this season and her new found experience and confidence showed as she demonstrated her versatility in the freestyle events. Competing in the girl’s 16 years section Wetherell placed fourth in both 800 and 1500m events, narrowly missing out on the podium in both. To this she added seventh place in the 200 and 400m distances. In the same age group, Serena Iheagwarem raced well to pick up fourth place in her signature event, the 200m Butterfly.
The club was well represented in many of the male backstroke events. Ryan Robertson reached the finals of all three 16 years backstroke races, placing eighth, fifth and tenth in the 50, 100 and 200m respectively, all in personal best times. In the 17/18 years section Joe Watt continued his good form making finals in the 50 and 100m distances where he finished seventh and eighth respectively. Watt, a recent Glasgow School of Sport graduate, also had a great swim in the 100m Freestyle, sprinting to a new best time of 51.72 and sixth place overall in a close race.

In the Boy’s 19/over events, Grant Henderson was in excellent form setting personal best times in all his events. His best result came in the 50m Freestyle where he reached the final and sprinted to eighth place in 23.26. Ryan Brown delivered determined performances in the 200m Butterfly and 200m Backstroke to finish fifth and eighth respectively.

The 19/over female section saw Glasgow Caledonian University podiatry student Emily Horne in good form reaching the final in three events. Horne raced to fifth in the 50m Butterfly, eighth in the 50m Freestyle and ninth in the 100m Freestyle. Glasgow School of Sport athlete Katie MacKenzie enjoyed one of the best swims of her career to make the final of the Girl’s 17/18 years 200m Breaststroke where she eventually finished tenth in 2:39.09. At the younger end of the meet, Elise McQueenie made it a successful debut at this level by making the final of the Girl’s 13/14 years 200m Backstroke, ending up with an excellent ninth place. Meanwhile, 13 year-old Saskia Wade introduced herself at this level with a solid swim in the 50m Freestyle that placed her fourteenth despite being at the bottom end of a double band age group.

The Club also performed well in some of the relay events, progressing to five finals, including an excellent fifth place in the Girl’s 14-16 years 4x200 Freestyle where Shanahan, Iheagwaram, Wetherell and McQueenie combined to break the Scottish National Junior and Club Junior records in a time of 8:31.93. The same four girls raced together to take tenth in the 4x100 Freestyle relay while the 17/over girls (Horne, Gulsum Onal, Anna Fleming, Robyn Crawford) put in a very competitive effort to finish seventh. In the boy’s 17/over category, the ‘A’ team were eighth in the 4x100 Freestyle (Henderson, Watt, Jack McComish, Martin McInnes).) and ninth in the 4x200 distance (Watt, McComish, McInnes, James Black).

Other swimmers racing in Sheffield were: Louis Lawlor (100m Butterfly, 200m I.M.), Marc Elrick (200m Butterfly), Tony Anderson (50m Freestyle, 50m Breaststroke), Connor Massey (50m, 100m, 200m Backstroke), Max Hagan (50m, 100m Breaststroke), Ross Neally (50m, 100m Breaststroke), Anna Fleming (50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle), Gülsüm Önal (50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle), Robyn Crawford (50m, 100m Backstroke), Cameron Muir (200m Breaststroke), Marshall Illingworth (1500m Freestyle), Lawrence Campbell, Gregor Swinney, Sandy Forysiak (all relays) were the other City swimmers in action in Sheffield.
Head Performance Coach, Ian Wright commented on the club’s results: “Once again we have improved our performances at this competition. It was a great team effort and to finish ninth on the medal table is very rewarding. Nevertheless, we are determined to return next year and achieve even better results.”
The majority of Glasgow swimmers will now enjoy a summer break from the sport before returning to training at the end of August.

Swim England Summer National Championships - 30 July – 5 August 2018 – Ponds Forge Pool, Sheffield (50m)
University undergraduates Marshall Illingworth and Sandy Forysiak competed for City of Glasgow at this meet. Illingworth swam a tough but well fought race to place fifth in the Boy’s 17/18 years 5km Open Water event, while Forysiak competed in the Boys 19/over 200m Breaststroke performing an excellent heat swim of 2:25.44 to qualify for the final where he went on to secure seventh place overall in 2:26.22.

European Championships - 3-9 August 2018 – Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow (50m)
Backstroke specialist Craig McNally raced for Great Britain at the European Championships held in Glasgow’s home pool at Tollcross. McNally, an undergraduate student at the University of the West of Scotland was in action in the Men’s 200m Backstroke. He swam an excellently paced heat swim to place 13th overall in a time of 1:59.58 – his third fastest ever performance for a morning heat. Unfortunately, McNally was the third ranked British swimmer in the heats and was therefore not allowed to progress to the semi-finals due to the two per country only rule.

European Para-Swimming Championships - 13-19 August 2018 – Dublin, Ireland (50m)
Paralympic medallist Andrew Mullen raced for Great Britain at the European Para-Swimming Championships held in Dublin, Ireland. Mullen, an undergraduate student at Glasgow Caledonian University was in action in three men’s events. Excellent swims in the heats and final of the S5 50m Backstroke earned Mullen the bronze medal, his time of 36.39 being the second fastest ever of his career. In the 50m Butterfly Mullen went one better, swimming powerfully to claim the silver medal in 37.28, not far behind the Ukrainian winner Yaroslav Semenenko. However, the 50m Freestyle posed a tougher challenge had Mullen had to settle for ninth place in the heats after a time of 36.83.

European Deaf Swimming Championships - July 2018 – Poland (50m)
Deaflympic champion Jack McComish was in action for Great Britain at the European Deaf Swimming Championships held in Poland in mid-July. McComish rediscovered his best form at just the right time performing extremely well throughout the week long competition and returning with a hat-trick of bronze medals. His medal winning swims came in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle. He also reached the final of the 200m Breaststroke and was the key swimmer for Britain in all of the relay events.

Ian Wright
Head Performance Coach