Scottish National Age Group Championships...

The top age group meet held in Scotland during the year is the Scottish National Age Group Championships and through their efforts in the past few months nine Fins’ swimmers gained the qualification time to allow them entry to 35 swims.
The event was held at the 50m, 10 lane pool in Aberdeen Sports Village and ran from last Wednesday morning through to Sunday evening.
While the expectation of a national level medal was perhaps unrealistic the goal for the more experienced age group swimmers was to gain a top ten placing in the heats which in turn would give them a second swim in the finals.
Three of the swimmers achieved this goal in 11 events and a further two just missed out.
While the improvement rate was down slightly at 57% it is still very acceptable at this level of event. All bar one swimmer achieved at least one PB and the swimmer who missed out did so by just 5 one hundredths of a second.
Top Fins’ swimmer at the Championships was 14 year old Caitlyn Dodds who, because of when her birthday falls, was swimming in the 15 years girls’ age group. Caitlyn had a total of three 6th placings and they came in the 50m and 200m Backstroke and the 100m Butterfly. Caitlyn also gained a 7th place in the 100m Backstroke, 10th place in the 200m Individual Medley and was 1st reserve for the final of the 100m Freestyle.
As a 14 year old Caitlyn is currently ranked 3rd in Scotland for her 50m and 100m Backstroke, and 5th in both the 200m Backstroke and 100m Butterfly.
Kyle Pate, 17/18 boys, had four top 10 finishes which were 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th. The 6th place came in the 100m Backstroke; 7th in the 200m Backstroke; 8th in the 50m Backstroke; and 9th in the 200m Individual Medley.
The final swimmer to gain a top ten finish was Arran Stowe, 19 and over boys, and again is was a 6th place, but this time in the 400m Individual Medley. Arran also gained an 8th place in the 200m Breaststroke.
There was another swimmer who gained a 10th place in the heats and that was Neža Dolenc-Luznar, 11 to 13 girls. Unfortunately, it was 10th equal, which consequently resulted in a swim-off for the last available place in the final where Neža was just beaten by Jess Prokas of Carlisle Aquatics, which in turn meant that she became 1st. reserve for the final.
Another swimmer to just miss out on a final was Theo Goodfellow, 15 years boys, who finished as 1st reserve for the 50m Breaststroke.
The four remaining swimmers who did exceptional well to qualify for the event were:
Michael Strang (14); Sam Lewis (16); Ben Lewis (14) and Callum MacDonald (16).
In terms of improvement Michael produced two excellent long course PBs, reducing his 200m Individual Medley time by 21.48 seconds and his 200m Freestyle by 10.32 seconds.
Updated 2017-12-01 05:11:25 by Ken White