Information from West District for swimmers attending the Winter League at the Citadel on Saturday 3rd October
"Just to let you know that a wrestling competition is being held at the Citadel tomorrow and they are expecting a lot of spectators, they are also running a bar so can you make sure that your swimmers stay on poolside for the whole meet. parking will be difficult."
Session One, warm-up 4.00pm for 5.05pm start
Session Two & Five, warm-up 8.00am for 9.05am start
Session Three & Six, warm-up 12.15pm for 1.20pm start
Session Four & Seven, warm-up 4.10pm for 5.15pm start
Forms have gone to swimmers aged 14 & over who have consideration times. Swimmers aged under 14 will receive a form for the West District Junior Championships instead. These will be issued next week. Please check with your coach if you do not receive your form at the next training session.
This form along with your payment should reach the entry secretary no later than:
Midday, Wednesday 14th October 2015
Please do not return the form or payment to your coach
Session One & Three, warm-up 9.00am for 10.00am start
Session Two & Four, warm-up 1.30pm for 2.30pm start
Forms for this meet have been distributed to coaches for all swimmers with consideration times. Please check with your coach if you do not receive your form at the next training session.
This form along with your payment should reach the entry secretary no later than:
Midday, Wednesday 7th October 2015
Please do not return the form or payment to your coach
Scottish National Junior Team Championship
Glasgow (25m) - 26th September 2015
City of Glasgow swimmers are celebrating after winning the prestigious Scottish National Junior Team title.
The annual competition, held at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, saw the top ten ranked clubs in the country come together to race their swimmers aged 16/under over a series of events for overall team points.
With a pre-meet ranking of 6th, the City squad were not expecting to challenge for top honours, and with some inexperienced young swimmers in the team, the aim was simply to race tough and set some personal best times.
However, as the competition got underway it soon became apparent that four teams were pulling away from the other six. Some fantastic early swims raised the expectation level as City of Glasgow found themselves in fourth place, just a few points behind FIRST (Falkirk), City of Aberdeen and Warrender.
As events progressed the lead changed hand multiple times, although Glasgow were mainly lying fourth with the occasional elevation to second or third. At one point it looked like FIRST were going to be comfortable winners after they opened up a 20 point lead. However, they were soon pegged back and Warrender took over at the top, shortly followed by City of Aberdeen going in front after they took several first place swims.
When the commentator announced the positions with only six races to go, the gap covering the top four had narrowed again to just ten points with City of Aberdeen holding a very narrow lead over Warrender followed by FIRST and City of Glasgow.
A great swim of 27.32 by the home team's Lauren Gilkes in the girls 50 freestyle then secured first place and maximum points, and with City of Aberdeen taking 10th in the same race the overall positions were immediately changed with dramatic effect. It became apparent that City of Glasgow were in with a chance of a surprise win if all went well in the remaining swims.
Further drama then followed in the girls medley relay with the Glasgow girls putting in a strong swim to finish a very close second behind Warrender. However, after the referees confirmed the result the scoreboard showed Glasgow in top spot and more maximum points with Warrender on zero after suffering a disqualification for an early takeover. With one race to go Glasgow now just needed a safe swim and a top half finish. The boys relay team duly delivered and all that remained was for the announcer to read out the final positions.
Fourth, Warrender, 263 points. Third, FIRST, 265. Second, City of Aberdeen, 268. And in first place, City of Glasgow on 275.5 points!
This was truly a fantastic team effort, with the young Glasgow squad racing their hearts out for each other and the club name. Every team member made a significant contribution, with many dropping their lifetime bests by huge margins. The swimmers should be very proud of this achievement and it will hopefully build their confidence nicely for the season ahead.
First place swims for City of Glasgow were:
Anna Fleming - 100 Butterfly - 1:01.86
Anna Fleming - 100 Freestyle - 57.43
Lauren Gilkes - 50 Freestyle - 27.32
Eilidh Smith - 50 Butterfly - 29.63
David Muir - 50 Breaststroke - 31.40
Girls 4 x 50 Medley Relay - 2:00.55 (Lauren Gilkes, Kitty Chan, Anna Fleming, Elidh Smith)
Full results available at:
City of Glasgow Swim Team
Glasgow School heats – Under 16 only
Drumchapel pool Tuesday 29 September Warm up 12.30pm
Glasgow Schools Finals – All swimmers who qualify from September heats plus S5/6 swimmers
Drumchapel pool Monday 26 October Warm up 2.00pm
Scottish Schools heats – All swimmers, information will be out in October
Drumchapel pool Monday 9 November Warm up 2.00pm
High Performance Swimming Coach
Glasgow School of Sport
Session One, warm-up 8.55am for 10.00am start
Session Two, warm-up 1.25pm for 2.30pm start
Please note the following changes to start time for session 2 which we have just received:
Due to unforeseen circumstances we've had to change the times of the afternoon session for Sundays Graded Meet. The new times are a change from those published in the entry information. The new times are as follows:-
Session 2 :- Warm Up 12.25 - 13.25
Session runs from 13.30 to 15.30 (2 hours)
Team Manager contact no: 07732 991179 - This number to be used only on the day of the meet to advise of withdrawals, sickness, late arrival etc.
Draft Programmes when available will be in Members Area - link below
It is the parent/swimmer's responsibility to advise if the swimmer will not be attending the meet they have entered and been accepted for, or if the swimmer wishes to be withdrawn from a swim. Failure to do so could result in a fine. This will also allow reserves to be notified.
Please note that every swimmer must attend and report to the Team Manager or Coach at the START of the warm up time as indicated on the entry form for that meet. If a swimmer is running late and has not notified either the Team Manager or Coach, there is a risk of the swimmer being withdrawn from their swim.
The club will attend various swim meets throughout the season. Details of the meets which your squad is due to attend can be found in the club diary in the 'Club information' section.
Forms for meets will be produced by the club entry secretaries for all swimmers who are eligible to enter that meet.
To be eligible for a meet, a swimmer must have times on our club database for the events which are offered in the swimmer's age group at that meet. For example, if an 11 year old only has times for 50m events but a swim meet is only offering 100m and 200m events to swimmers of that age, then the swimmer will not receive an entry form from us.
This is why it is important for swimmers to attend our club time trials in order to get times for as many different events as possible. Time trials are usually held every month at Scotstoun on a Saturday morning. Details of dates are in the club diary.
Graded meets are offered to swimmers in our Development squads. These meets will usually have a cap on the times which a swimmer would enter with, so if the swimmer's times are 'too fast' they will not get a form for these meets.
Open meets are at a slightly higher level and will sometimes set 'consideration times' which means that a swimmer must be faster than this time in order to receive a form for the meet.
When the entry secretaries produce the forms, they will give them to the squad coaches to distribute to the swimmers. Please make sure that your form and payment is returned to the appropriate entry secretary by the closing date given on the form. We cannot accept late entries as we have to make sure the entry file for our club is sent in to the host club by their closing date otherwise none of our swimmers would be able to enter.
Please do not give your form to your coach or to the child of an entry secretary or send it to the club office as there is no guarantee that we will receive them on time!
For the same reason, do not use 'registered' or 'signed for' mail, as there may be no-one at the entry secretary's address to sign for the letter and we do not have time to go to sorting offices to collect mail.
When a swimmer is entered for a meet this does not mean they will definitely swim at it. The host club will produce a draft programme, usually a week or two before the date of the meet. The entry secretary will then go through the programme and mark up each swimmer's form for each event to say whether they are accepted/rejected/reserve. The forms will then be returned to the coaches to distribute to the swimmers. Remember that if a swimmer does not attend training regularly they are likely to miss forms being given out. Draft Programmes are usually available on the Members Section on our website. To access this you will need to register on the website.
If a swimmer is rejected for an event, they will receive a refund of the entry fee for that event. If they are a reserve, they should attend the meet and wait until they are told by the coach/team manager whether or not they have got their swim. If they are not offered a swim, the entry fee will be refunded. If a reserve swimmer does not attend the meet and would have been given the chance to swim, the host club will not refund the entry fee. Once the meet is over, the host club will send us a refund cheque to cover all rejected swimmers. Our club administrator will then send out refund cheques to our swimmers. You should usually have received any refunds by a month after the date of the meet.
How do I know when my child will be swimming? The events will be listed on the entry form in numerical order. Most meets will be over 2 days at the weekend and will have four sessions. Events 101, 102, 103 etc will be in Session 1, Saturday morning; events 201, 202, 203 etc will be Session 2, Saturday afternoon; events 301 etc, Session 3, Sunday morning and 401 etc, Session 4, Sunday afternoon. All swimmers should be there in time for the start of the warm up for the session in which they are swimming. Details are on the front of the entry form.
What should my child take to a swim meet? It is a good idea to have a swim suit for each warm up and another to change into for each session plus enough towels to get dried off. Club polo shirt and cap should be worn at all meets. Please make sure all clothing is clearly marked with the swimmer's name. Swimmers should have a spare cap and two pairs of goggles in case any split during the meet! Lunch/snacks should be healthy options – sandwiches/wraps/fruit/cereal bars etc. Please do not include a lot of crisps/sweets and under no circumstances should swimmers bring 'energy drinks/energy sweets' such as Red Bull or equivalent. These are not good for young swimmers and do nothing to improve their swimming. See the articles in the Document library on our website for further information.
What does my child do when they arrive at a meet? We usually have 2 coaches and a team manager at every meet. Swimmers should look for them on poolside and report to the team manager as soon as they arrive. They will then be told which seating area we are using and when the warm up for their age will start. Swimmers should remain on poolside at all times so that they are available to be sent to marshalling in time for their swims. If they need to go to the toilet or to speak to a parent, they must let the team manager know where they are going. If a swimmer has finished their swims in a session and is ready to go home or go for lunch, they must let the team manager know before they leave poolside.
If you find you are unable to attend a meet for which you have been accepted please let the entry secretary know as soon as possible that you wish to be withdrawn. This will allow the host club to give notice to any reserve swimmers that they will now get their swim. If you have to withdraw on the day of the meet or if you are running late please text the team manager phone. The team manager phone number can be found on the club website. This phone will be switched on the evening before and for the duration of a meet.
There is lots more information on swim meets, nutrition, preparation for meets etc contained in the Club Handbook which is available under 'Member Services' on the club website. If you register on the website you will have access to a full range of documents about swimming plus you will receive regular email updates containing club news, details of training changes etc.
The City of Glasgow Swim Team (COGST) was formed in 1993 and now has over 300 members . Progression is by group and age; the youngest members being 5-7 year olds within the Junior Foundation squads through to the most experienced members in the Senior Performance and Senior Club groups.
The aim of the club is to provide a swim programme recognised for excellence to swimmers of all levels and the opportunity for every swimmer with the desire and commitment to progress from novice to champion. Membership of COGST is available to any child in the community who has the capability and desire to swim competitively.
A Management Committee comprising an Executive Committee (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) and other Committee members ensure the aims and objectives of the club are met.