2017 SCOTTISH NATIONAL AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS (SNAGs)
The 2017 SNAGs Championships kicked off in Aberdeen, the site of the 2020 European Junior Championships. For many age groupers, the competition provides an opportunity to win their first national-level medal, while other on-the-rise athletes are seeking to make their mark ahead of the British Summer Nationals meet this July. But that doesn’t mean that some familiar veteran faces didn’t also make an appearance during day one of the event.
Completing in prelims as exhibition, 28-year-old Olympian Hannah Miley took to the pool in the women’s 200m backstroke and 50m breaststroke events. In the morning session, Miley clocked a time of 2:18.80 in the former and 33.03 in the latter to get some racing in on her own Aberdeen turf. If history tells us anything, Miley will be swimming at least the 200m IM/400m IM events, and possibly 200m butterfly and 200m freestyle later in this meet, as she typically takes on monster racing schedules.
City of Glasgow senior backstroker Craig McNally also made his presence known in the morning session, earning a 100m backstroke time of 57.43. He, too, competed exhibition, and was the only swimmer to venture under the minute mark in the prelims heats.
Two-time Olympian Craig Benson out of the University of Stirling took a swing at the men’s 200m breaststroke, coming in fastest this morning with a time of 2:12.90. That’s quite an improvement from the man who managed just a 2:16.51 last month at the Euro Meet in Luxembourg. His personal best sits at the 2:09.07 he notched last summer to make his nation’s Olympic team, so Benson is moving in the right direction just over 100 days from Budapest.
Key performances from the younger ranks at the meet today include:
- Heart of Midlothian’s Lexie Waller scored the victory in the girls’ 16 years of age category in the 200 backstroke, nabbing a winning time of 2:15.63. That time falls under Scotland’s qualifying mark for the Commonwealth Youth Games this July in the Bahamas.
- 12-year-old Katie Shanahan of City of Glasgow blasted a new age group record in the 200m backstroke, notching 2:22.17 for the win in the girls’ 11-13 years of age segment.
- Douglas Kelly, who represents Milngavie & Bearsden, also earned a new record, cracking the boys’ 14 years age group in the 50m butterfly. His winning time came in at 27.64.
- Swim West Lothian’s 18-year-old Gulsum Onal fired off a new Scottish 18-year-old age group record in the women’s 100m freestyle in the morning session, stopping the clock in 56.57. That surpassed the previous mark held by Lucy Hope at 56.75 from 2015.