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on Wed, 19/04/2017 - 08:57

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Just before the Easter holidays, Georgie Newlands and Janey Morton qualified to compete in the Scottish National Age Group Swimming (SNAGS) Championships being held at Aberdeen Sports Village this year.  They were part of the Elgin Swimming Club team, who altogether had 11 swimmers qualify for this very important event in the swimming calendar.  This is the first national event both Georgie and Janey have competed in and is all credit to the many hours of training they put in each week.

All the events are swum in age groups according to age on 31st December 2017.  First event for the girls was the 14 – 16  year old 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay.  Elgin was made up of a very young team, with three of the swimmers in the 14 age group and Georgie in the 15 age group.  The majority of other teams had all swimmers in the 16 age group.  The team did well, with Janey taking the second leg and Georgie the third leg.  Although the team was placed 26th, both girls swam PB times and overall the team achieved a 6 second PB which was tremendous. 

Georgie was back the next morning for the 100m Butterfly and the 50m Backstroke.  The first race of the morning had Hannah Miley competing  in the 200 IM.  It was truly inspirational to watch her race.  Then it was Georgie’s turn in the 100m Butterfly.  Georgie managed a strong start and was leading her heat at the 50m turn, which if she had managed to sustain the pace would have placed her in the final.  As it was, this was too much of an ask and Georgie finished a creditable 19th  place in a PB time.  In the 50m Backstroke, Georgie managed a 17th place in a time that was just short of her PB.  

Georgie’s final event was the 50m Butterfly on the final morning of the competition. Again a very strong swim from Georgie who easily won her heat in a PB time and gained an 11th place in the event, which meant she was first reserve for the final in the evening.  She missed a top 10 placing by 0.02 of a second and a 9th place by 0.04 of a second ........... so close and yet so far!  After a long wait to the finals in the evening, unfortunately everyone turned up to compete in Georgie’s event so she didn’t get another chance to swim and had to finish with an 11th place, which was still an amazing achievement for her first competition at a national level.    

The event was very successful with lots of Scottish records broken and quite a number of swimmers achieving consideration times for the Scottish team at the Commonwealth Youth Games.   It was a fantastic experience for both Georgie and Janey who are both eager to make sure they are back again next year!

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