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Scottish National Age Group Championships 2022

 15 Apr: This article was updated to correct a genuine error of omission. Sorry for any inconvenience.


13 to 17 April 2022 - Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow.

Eligible* swimmers from, based in or trained in Somerset will be competing in the event.  The Scottish National Age Groups provides many Scots with the first opportunity to win that first National Championships medal, make a final or score points for their club in the Top Team competition (Warrender Baths Club from Edinburgh won the Top Club Title back in April 2019). Athletes can also gain ranking positions for the British Summer Nationals along with the Scottish Summer Meet held in July, if they perform well enough.

National Eligibility – Scottish Swimming Company Rule R4.5.3 which includes "no more than 3 swimmers who do not qualify as Scottish (see above) will be allowed to progress into any Final".

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Morning heats: 9.00;  Afternoon heats: 13.40;  Finals: 17.15

The action can be followed across social media using the hashtag #SNAGS2022.

Day 1

 

Somerset swimmers got their programs off to fine start, making their Clubs proud.

Bath Uni's Chloe Bown entered two events and came away with an age group gold and silver. Having set a new personal best of 59.47 in the 100m Freestyle a month earlier at Millfield in the Team Bath & Millfield National Qualifier L1 Meet, she came close to that in the heats to lead the 16 Yr age group qualifiers with 1:00.25. Going sub-60s again proved challenging but her improvement in the final to 1:00.04 earned her the 16 Yr title and should move her into a Top 25 event ranking for all members in the last 12 months.

A big improvement by Suzie McNair (F.I.R.S.T) on her sixth ranked heat swim as a 15 Yr old of 1:01.60 down to 1:00.02 in the final earned her that title. Other than McNair, only four other swimmers in the 17-18 Yr age group final swam faster than Bown's final time.

Entered on 1:02.49, Millfield's Charlotte Hardy, representing Sth Ayrshire, had qualified fifth fastest for the 100m Freestyle 15 Yr final with an improved 1:01.44. She went on to swim almost as fast again (1:01.48), finishing seventh.

Next up Bown tackled the 50m Breaststroke in which her 35.04 heat swim in Glasgow ranked her second in the 16 Yr age group behind Lucy Stoves' pb of 34.76. Both girls stepped up the pace again in the final which Stoves won in 34.59. Bown's second place finish came in 34.98.

As a result, the Dundee City Aquatics swimmer should move up over 20 places in the British last 12 months recency age group rankings from her rank of 37th for her 35.50 swim in March. By comparison Bown's 33.63 best set at our County Championships in January still ranks her in sixth place.

Just 0.03s and one place separated National Junior Team member Hardy from fastest qualifier Kirtsy Neill (Bishop Stortford, 34.35) after the 15 Yr 50m Breaststroke prelims. Hardy (33.83) was close to her entry time by the same margin while comfortably beating Neill to silver. Gold went to Sth Ayrshire team mate Eilidh Robertson (33.67).

Lewis Hay (Academy Swim Team Burnham), swimming as a 14 Yr old at his first ever Nationals, reached the final of the 100m back in fine style, demolishing his 1:12.77 personal best set in our County Championships with his explosive 1:09.17 heat swim. Hay, who is being supported in Glasgow by Holly Hudghton in her first National experience outside the pool, then maintained his sixth place ranking in the final, lowering his mark yet again to 1:09.13.

Hay had also smashed another pb in the 50m Buterfly. His old mark of 31.52 was lowered to 30.37 in the heats earning a 12th place ranking (second reserve).

Apologies to Lewis, family and Club for his earlier unintentional omission.

 

Day 2

 

After a second ranked heat swim of 2:46.96, Bath Uni’'s Chloe Bown needed to find more than 0.5s if she were to overcome the likely challenge from Day 1 winner over 50m, Lucy Stoves. The Dundee City Aquatics swimmer posted 2:42.43 and qualified fastest to set up an enthralling Girls 200m Breaststroke 16 Yr final.

Bown led by 0.1s at 50m, 0.22s at 100m before Stoves turned first at 150m by 0.15s. Minehead’s finest however made sure yesterday’s placing order would reverse in this event after a sensational last 50m secured her the win in 2:42.43 by 0.46s. Amy Macleod (Co Glasgow, 2:47.99) claimed bronze.

The battle for 15 Yr Breaststroke honours between Charlotte Hardy and Kirsty Neill resumed in this event. Entered on 2:42.10, Hardy quickly confined that time to the history books to lead the qualifiers with 2:41.68, 0.04s ahead of second ranked Neill. Although Hardy had built up a 2.6s lead over the Bishop Stortford swimmer by halfway, she still led by over 2s with 50m to go. A breathtaking sprint to the pads by Neill saw her seize the initiative and take gold by 0.51s. Hardy’s silver winning time came with a bonus, another improvement and sub 2m 40s time, 2:39.98. Katie Coventry (Tynemouth, 2:44.12) came third.

Lewis Hay (Academy Swim Team Burnham) enjoyed lowering another best time on Day 2. His Jan 2022 40.22 50m Breaststroke time set in our County Championships, was lowered to 38.15 for a 26th place heat ranking.

In the 100m Backstroke, Lily McDonald (Millfield) improved on her 1:09.34 heat swim, maintaining her 9th place ranking in the Girls 17-18 Yr category with a 1:09.09 swim.

 

Day 3

 

Prelim times in the 16 Yr 50m Freestyle suggested Arianna Stokes (Tynemouth, 27.00) would be favourite for gold, with Chloe Bown (Bath Uni, 27.58) lying second after recording a pb by 0.08s, But it was Natalie Marshall (West Lothian), entered on 29.13 and improving again on her 27.74 heat time, who stormed to the pads to win gold in a sub 27s time, 26.97. Stokes (27.35) claimed silver and Bown's bronze winning time of 27.48 brought with it another pb.

Entered on 28.50, Millfield swimmer Charlotte Hardy (Sth Ayrshire, 27.21) set another best time to lead the 15 Yr 50m Freestyle qualifiers by 0.6s from Helen Stoddart (East Lothian). The final was much closer as Stoddart's further improvement from her 28.23 entry time to 27.28 brought her gold. Hardy claimed bronze in 27.57 chasing team mate Eilidh Robertson (27.34) to the pads.

In the Boys 14 Yr 50m Freestyle, Lewis Hay (Academy Swim Team Burnham, 28.79) finished just outside his 28.60 entry time to rank 30th. Fastest qualifier Dean Fearn (Aberdeen Dolphins, 25.13) won the final.

 

Day 4

 

Entered on 2:27.28, Chloe Bown (2:30.34) was comfortably the fastest qualifier for the 16 Yr 200m IM Final with nearest competition coming from Lucy Stoves (Dundee City Aquatics, 2:31.12) and Melissa Mainwaring (West Lothian, 2:31.36). The trio replicated that order on the podium after Bath Uni's Bown dipped to 2:26.43, over 1.5s ahead of Stoves (2:27.97) and Melissa Mainwaring (West Lothian, 2:28.67).

Battling for honours again in the 200m IM 15 Yr age group were fastest two qualifiers Suzie McNair (F.I.R.S.T, 2:30.00) and Millfield swimmer Charlotte Hardy (Sth Ayrshire, 2:30.84) who improved on her March Edinburgh International Meet pb by 1.27s. McNair (2:26.03) dominated the final from the outset, opening up just under 1,5s lead by halfway and extending it to 2.9s at the finish. Heidi Ren (Co Glasgow, 2:28.93) and Tegan Black (East Lothian, 2:29.25) completed the podium and Hardy finished seventh on 2:32.15.

Hardy (1:10.13) progressed to the 15 Yr 100m Butterfly final by smashing the 1:13.15 best time she'd set in our County Championships in January, She clocked 1:11.63 in the final, finishing 10th.

Bown also made the 16 Yr 50m Backstroke final with a fourth ranked 31.89 swim. She went on to finish sixth (32.39) in the final which was won by Melissa Mainwaring (West Lothian, 30.39).

 

Day 5

 

Entered on 1:13.60, Millfield swimmer Charlotte Hardy (Sth Ayrshire) got her last day of competition in Tollcross off to a great start with a 1:13.38 in the 100m Breaststroke, to lead the 15 Yr qualifiers and her nearest rivals Kirsty Neill (Bishop Stortford) and Eilidh Robertson (Sth Ayrshire) by 1.7s and 4.21s respectively.

Hardy led throughout the final, racing to gold in yet another best time, 1:12.56 which knocked almost half a second off her 1:13.02 time set in April's British Championships. Neill (1:15.12) and Robertson (1:15.15) completed the podium places.

Chloe Bown (1:17.29 ) went into the 16 Yr final ranking second behind Lucy Stoves (Dundee City Aquatics, 1:15.47). Both improved considerably on those times in the final which Stoves won in 1:14.68 with Bown (1:15.24) taking silver and Amy Macleod (Co Glasgow, 1:16.65) bronze.

Charlotte Hardy secured her spot in the remaining lane of the 15 Yr 50m Butterfly final for her 31.00 prelim effort, well inside her Feb 2020 WD Long Course Championships best. She clocked 31.15 and moved up one place in the final which Helen Stoddart (East Lothian, 28.37) won.

Lily McDonald (Millfield, 31.41) ranked 34th in the 50m Butterfly 17-18 age group.

The first of two swims for Academy Swim Team Burnham's Lewis Hay (1:02.55) brought with it a monster 100m Freestyle pb, knocking almost 3s off his Feb 2022 County mark, and ranking his time 24th in the 14 Yr age group.

His debut championship performances concluded just as they had begun with another best time, 32.50 in the 50m Backstroke which made him first reserve and was 1.62s faster than this year's County swim .

 

 

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Published
13.04.2022