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16-21 April 2019 – Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow

Sixteen City of Glasgow swimmers were in action at the 2019 British Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow. They were among 750 competitors from across the UK who were not only chasing medals but also qualification for a range of international selection events later this summer including the World Championships. Collectively, the squad contested 45 events reaching 12 finals, including four top 10 finishes and several junior and age group record breaking swims.

Katie Shanahan was the club's leading competitor and one of the top female junior athletes of the meet. In what would be a busy week of racing, Shanahan got things underway with a new Scottish Junior Record for the 400 Individual Medley when placing an impressive fifth place in the Open final. Her time of 4:46.62 broke the previous record of 4:47.01 set by Hannah Miley way back in 2005. The swim was also well within the consideration time for the European Junior Championships. In the shorter 200m medley event, Shanahan reached the Transition Final where she powered her way to victory in a new British Age Group 14 years and Scottish Junior record time of 2:15.29. The promising youngster then took on the 200m backstroke, where a personal best heat swim of put her into lane eight for the women's open final. Undeterred by the older more experienced opposition, Shanahan improved to seventh place, dropping her lifetime best to 2:13.68, a new Scottish Age Group 14 years record.

Glasgow Caledonian University student Emily Horne was close to her best ever form in the 50m butterfly, reaching the women's senior open final where she finished seventh in 27.43. Mark Ford also had a great meet, featuring in junior finals of the 100m butterfly, 50m backstroke and 200m backstroke, achieving personal best times in both of the longer events. Team-mate Max Hagan featured in junior finals of the 100 and 200m breaststroke events, gaining valuable experience in his debut at a meet of this level. Fellow breaststroke specialist Cameron Muir was pleased with his results, setting a personal best in the 100m race and reaching the Transition final of the 200m distance. The remaining finalist was Marc Elrick, who swam positively in the 100m butterfly to reach a very tightly contested Transition final.

Head Performance Coach, Ian Wright commented on the club's results: "This was a good week for the club. There were several excellent performances which the swimmers will now use to build on for the rest of the season. In particular, it was a break out meet for Katie Shanahan who seems to go from strength to strength competing well above her young years."

The club's performance swimmers will now turn their attention to the Glasgow International Swim Meet in five weeks' time and the major summer national events.

List of swimmers taking part: Katie Shanahan, Serena Iheagwaram, Emily Horne, Katie Taylor, Grant Henderson, Marc Elrick, Mark Ford, Ryan Robertson, Joe Watt, Craig Greenock, Cameron Muir, Max Hagan, Angus Nicol, Conor Massey, Marshall Illingworth, Ryan Brown.