Scottish Schools Finals News Report
A select group of swimmers from the Cumbernauld Amateur Swimming Club made the short journey to the Tollcross International Swimming Centre on Saturday to compete in the annual Brodies Scottish National Schools Championships. Swimmers are selected for the event based on their performances at the Local Authority championships, at which point they apply for selection for 2 swims (secondary school) or 1 swim (primary school). The top 20 swimmers nationally are then selected for each event in the categories age 12 and under, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-19. Due to the limited selection process, being selected in and of itself is a great achievement.
Our local swimmers acquitted themselves with distinction on the day as they competed against the rest of the nation. Michael Flynn, swimming in the age 15-16 age group, entered the open age group 400 metre Freestyle and managed to grab a Bronze medal, then returned to the pool later in the same session to compete in the 200 metre Backcrawl, earning himself another hard fought Bronze in that event. Cameron Creaney was entered in both the 100 and 200 metre Butterfly events and managed a 5th place and 4th place finish respectively, both on personal best times, while Jonathan Cameron swam in the 200 metre Backcrawl.
Euan McDonald entered the age 17-19 Backcrawl events at both 100 and 200 metres and earned two top ten placings, while age mate Sam Glen also earned a top ten placing in the 100 metre Breaststroke.
Seth Knox also had two swims in the boys 13-14 age group, earning personal best times in both while finishing 4th in the 200 metre Freestyle and 6th in the 100 metre Freestyle. 12 year old Tristan Shepherd swam in the boys 50 metre Freestyle, finishing in the top 20!
Madison Gallacher led the charge for the girls in the age 12 and under category, powering her way to a Bronze in the 50 metre Freestyle.
Nicole Flynn narrowly missed out on Bronze in her two races in the girls 13-14 age group, finishing fourth in both the 100 and 200 metre Butterfly events with fantastic personal best swims. Also in that age group, Beth Wilson finished 9th in the 100 metre Freestyle and Emma Creaney 10th in the 100 metre Butterfly, both with personal best times.
Well done swimmers on a fantastic effort on behalf of both your club and your school!