Scottish Swimming Championships 2018
28th June- 1st July Tollcross International Swim centre, Glasgow.
Our final preparation meet, as we head towards the end of season championships, took us on another long trip to Glasgow. It’s ideal for the swimmers to test themselves under championship conditions, against high level competition. It’s also an opportunity to take risks and try new race strategies before the main event.
The extreme heat was a major challenge to the swimmers and coaching team. Looking after their fluid in-take, keeping bodies active and brains alert so that swimmers produced consistent high level performances was something nobody could ignore.
The first night produced finals for Holly Shepherd, Lewis Hodgetts, Kane Murcott, George Barber and Keeley Murcott. Ellie Hatton produced a great swim to win the B final in the 400 IM.
Dan Johnson, Casey Barrett, Holly Shepherd, Laura Hawkins, Ellie Hatton, George Barber, Ellie Hatton and Alicia Dingle all made finals on Day 2.
The third night was an outstanding night. George Barber won the A final with a big personal best time, Casey Barrett came third in the 800m. Holly Shepherd smashed a personal best and passed a personal milestone going under 65 seconds for 100 bk for the first time. There were also finals for Ben Cope, Laura Hawkins and Alicia Dingle.
The final night saw Lewis Hodgetts go under 57 for 100 fly for the first time ever. There were also finals for Ben Cope, George barber, Dan Johnson and Laura Hawkins.
Several swimmers from the National Development squad came to compete as well, notably Chloe Harris, Morgan Lerpiniere and Daniel Parsons smashing a huge best time on his 200 brs as he prepares for his first English championships.
Overall, a positive meet with plenty of challenges, lessons learned, processes practised and plenty to get excited about as we go back to training for the final 4 weeks of the season.