Fifteen Glasgow swimmers ventured north to Aberdeen for the first of the highly acclaimed Grand Prix meets organised by Scottish Swimming. It was a great meet for the club, where the swimmers broke 10 West District records, 10 club records, set 57 personal best times and came home with 6 medals.
Top of the record breakers was Anna Fleming who set new West District 14 years records in the 50m and 100m Freestyle as well as the 50m and 100m Butterfly. These were also club records, with her 50m swims both being senior club records as well. She also set a 14 years club record in the 200m IM.
Not to be outdone, Camilla Hattersley broke five West District records in the 19-24 years category in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m Freestyle. The old records in the longer swims were set 26 years ago, so they were great records to break!
The medals tally was as follows:
3 silver medals - Camilla Hattersley 200m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 400m IM
3 bronze medals - Camilla Hattersley 800m Freestyle, Matt Nicholson 50m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke
Other swimmers who made either A or B finals at the meet were Rhiannon Gilkes, Victoria Milburn, Robyn Crawford, Grant Henderson, Jack McComish, and Edward Gray.
It was particularly nice that some of the younger swimmers from the Performance squads in both the East and West also made this trip. It was a good chance to race with, and watch, the best swimmers in Scotland. All of these swimmers - Scott Deans, Stewart Leonard, Jude Wallace, Duncan McKinney, Martin Monaghan, and Peter McManus - set best times in their swims.
All of the swimmers raced with great skills, showing the rewards of the hard work done in refining technique during the early part of the season. In particular, our underwater work and dive starts showed significant improvements although there is still work to be done if we are to be the best! With a little under four weeks now until the Scottish short course nationals in Edinburgh we need to redouble our efforts in training to ensure we keep up this great rate of improvement.
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.