Katie Shanahan Breaks Hannah Miley’s 400 IM Scottish Junior Record


During the final of the women’s 400 IM at the 2019 British Championships, 14-year-old Katie Shanahan broke Hannah Miley‘s Scottish junior record. Shanahan finished 5th in the final, stopping the clock with a monster lifetime best of 4:46.62. Shanahan was seeded with a 4:50.69 and dropped a few tenths in prelims and qualified 7th into the Open final with a 4:50.09.

Shanahan’s time took down Hannah Miley‘s 2005 Scottish Junior group record (4:47.01). According to Scottish Swimming, “A Junior competitor is defined as under 17 years of age at midnight on 31st December in the year of completion.” For the all-time 18&U Scottish performers list, Shanahan is only behind Miley’s time of 4:33.24, which she achieved in 2008 at 18 years old.

On the all-time open age group Scottish performers list, Shanahan is now the 4th-fastest performer in the event.

Female – Long Course – 400m Individual Medley – Scotland – All Time – Open Age Group

Rank Name Ranked Club YoB Meet Name Venue Level Date Time
1 Hannah Miley Aberdeen Per 89 British Gas Champs (50m) Sheffield 1 20/03/09 4:31.33
2 Keri-Anne Payne Warrender Ba 87 British Champs (50m) 2008 Sheffield 1 06/04/08 4:38.30
3 Camilla Hattersley Co Glasgow 95 Scottish Gas National Open Championships Glasgow 1 03/04/14 4:46.11
4 Katie Shanahan Co Glasgow 04 British Championships 2019 Glasgow 1 16/04/19 4:46.62
5 Emily Siebrecht Bath Univ 97 British Swimming Championships 2017 Sheffield 1 18/04/17 4:47.04

On the British level, Shanahan is the 7th-fastest 15-year-old in the event all-time and the 27th-fastest British performer all-time.

Up next for Shanahan is the 200 back and 200 IM, where she has high chances at bumping up into the Junior, Transition, and/or Open finals.

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Although she raced for a Scottish club, Keri-Anne Payne wasn’t actually Scottish. I think this bumps Shanahan up to third all-time!


Yep, represented England at Commies.


It is great to see this reporting but for the record, Shanahan is currently 14, not 15 and she broke the 14 year old age group record because British and Scottish records are age on day. National events are swum as age at 31 December so it is a bit confusing and difficult to keep track.

The record reported by Scottish Swimming as being broken is the Scottish Junior record which was indeed owned by Hannah Miley until yesterday’s final. Scottish Junior records (unlike age group records) are not age on dat but rather can be claimed by a swimmer aged under17 at midnight on 31 December.

Confused? I can explain cricket too if you like! 🙂

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