Our senior squad are looking ahead to another weekend of chasing the clock as the aim to secure their spots at SNAGS.
West District Round 3 at Tollcross represents the last chance to set qualifying times.
A team of 10 took part in the East Kilbride Pre-SNAGS Time Trial in Larkhall at the weekend.
“Some were chasing times while others already had them and were looking to get in the practice,” says Head Coach, Jess Wilkie.
“It’s tough having raced back to back weekends and we weren’t sure what to expect. We’ve just started a new block of pretty hard work and it’s good to see some of the team were racing really hard and setting fast times, while others were just outside.”
The group collected 19 podium finishes, with Evan Clark finishing in the top three in five events in the 17 and over category, coming first in the 100m freestyle with a PB of just under a second.
“He’s still chipping away at his times,” comments Jess. Evan also had second-place finishes in the 200m IM and 100m breaststroke and was third in the 50m breast and back races.
“Jacob Tarran’s backstroke was one of the swims of the weekend,” says Jess, as the Fairlie swimmer took 4 seconds off his best in the 50m event. “Although it’s still not a fast time he’s working on it.”
Jacob also took 10 seconds off his entry time for the breaststroke as he posted improvements in all four 50m events, while Harry Hume took a second off his 100m freestyle best.
Among the girls, Abby Kane took over three and a half seconds off her 50m breast time and placed first among the 16-year-olds in the 200m IM and 100m backstroke.
Fraser Kelly led the field home in the 200m IM for the boys and was second in the 50m fly while Callum Reid took third place in the 17 and over group in the 200m IM. Andrew Sutherland took a third in the 100m freestyle.
Rachel McGuire had wins in the 50m and 100m fly and a second place in the 50m breast, plus third – and a slight PB – in the 100m breaststroke.
For the 15-year-olds Eve Mair finished second in the 100m fly and Leah Stark collected third places in the 50m breast and 100m fly
“We’re now starting to look at relay teams for SNAGS,” says Jess, “We’ll be looking at these times and there are a few of them who will be battling away for spots, so it was good to see the girls pushing on their times a bit.
“It’s good to keep everybody on their toes because it’s not just the individual events we’re looking at. We’re looking to field teams in the 11-13 and 14-16 age groups, and we should have some pretty strong combinations.
“I’d also like to thank Jacqui for being on poolside with the guys, I really appreciate her time and commitment to the squad. It’s an extra pair of eyes to help the swimmers move on.”