Aimee is the golden girl at WD Pre-SNAGS

11 swimmers from IASC were back in action at Tollcross for the West District pre-SNAGS meet and it proved to be another successful weekend.

The competition was one of the last chances for swimmers to achieve the consideration times needed to be eligible to compete in the Scottish National Age Group championships (SNAGS) at the end of March. SNAGS is the biggest and most prestigious competition for swimmers in Scotland and everyone wants to be there.

Competing in eight events, Aimee Watson had a superb weekend, winning five medals. Aimee won gold in the 50m and 100m breaststroke events, silver in the 200m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m butterfly and 200m IM. Having already secured SNAGS qualification times for all her events, it was a brilliant bonus for Aimee to secure a qualification time for the British championships in the 100m breaststroke. To round off her competition, Aimee also secured 5th in the 50m butterfly, and 12th and 14th in the 50m and 100m freestyle respectively.

Matthew Garrity also performed well, picking up three bronze medals over the competition. Like Aimee, Matthew’s SNAGS qualification was already secured in his seven events, but he improved his times to take bronze in the 200m and 400m IM and the 800m freestyle. Matthew also came 7th in the 100m breaststroke and 11th and 15th in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle.

Thomas Cannon secured four top ten finishes in his six events. Thomas came 5th in the 50m breaststroke, 6th in the 100m and 200m breaststroke and 10th in the 100m butterfly. Thomas had already qualified for all of the SNAGS breaststroke events, but his superb new PB in the 100m earned Thomas the qualification time needed for the British Championships. Thomas also secured 17th place in the 50m freestyle with a new PB.

Luke Garrity was unlucky not to make his SNAGS times, but still put in a good performance across his four events, securing 4th place in the 200m breaststroke, 6th in the 800m freestyle (with a huge new PB), 12th in the 100m breaststroke and 15th in the 200m IM.

Swimming in eight events, Molly Cannon achieved 6th place in her 200m breaststroke, 9th in the 200m IM and 10th in the 100m breaststroke. Molly already had her SNAGS times for the two breaststroke events and the 50m breaststroke, but was pleased to set new PBs in the 200m IM and 100m freestyle.

Also gaining a top 10 finish was Kian McNelis, who came 6th in the 400m IM, but just missed the chance to secure SNAGS times for the 200m and 400m IM events.

Competing in eight events, Jay Keith showed great improvement to set new PBs in most of his races, and secured SNAGS qualification in the 200m butterfly and 100m breaststroke events.

Also competing were Ashleigh Blyth, Ben Skinner, Emily Lightfoot and Darren Macleay. Although none were able to secure SNAGS times at the event, they continued to improve with each of them setting at least one new PB.

The success of the swimmers didn’t go unnoticed by the event organisers, when the club was mentioned in the commentary for the high level of swimming on show. Naturally, the coaches were pleased with the performance of the team and are looking forward to taking a bigger, more confident team to SNAGS.

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