Blogs and News - St George's School For Girls, Edinburgh
It has been a busy few months of swimming for me and I have competed at many competitions since the start of the new season, which began in September. I am in the top performance squad at my club, Warrender Baths Club (one of the best age group swimming clubs in the whole of the UK!) and have been competing most weekend for them at various competitions. Here are a few of my recent competition highlights…
In October, I was selected to go down to Sheffield and represent the Scotland East team (around 20 swimmers were selected) at Inter-counties, a competition in which every county in Britain comes together and competes to be County Champions. There are around 50 teams, which go every year and compete for the title, and the competition is structured so that the fastest male and female from each team swim a 100m race of the stroke they have been selected for and relays. I was chosen to swim in the 100m backstroke (17/o category) and both the 4x50m IM relay and 8x50 ‘cannon’ relay, which is a mixed relay with males and females. This was the second time I have been selected to represent my county at this competition and it was a fantastic experience for me. Scotland East finished 6th overall, a massive achievement and the best the county has ever done at this meet!
In December, I competed for my club at the Scottish National Short Course, a tough competition with many of Scotland’s top senior swimmers competing, and reached the final in three of my events attaining personal bests as well.
I qualified in September for my last Scottish Schools Championships, which were held in January at East Kilbride. You are allowed to choose only two events to race in; I competed in the 200m IM, and 100m backstroke. I won Gold in the 200m IM and Silver in the 100m backstroke.
Last weekend, I competed in the third and final round of the East District Age Groups 2016 – 2017. The competition was tough as many of Scotland’s top senior swimmers attended. I was a finalist in all of my races in the 17/o category and was close to achieving medals in my main events. This is always a great team event, and Warrender finished top club and retained the ‘Solripe’ trophy for another year!
Looking forward, I am competing at the Edinburgh International meet in March, which will be held at the Commonwealth Pool. This is a high quality meet with swimmers coming from all over the world to compete. Last year, double world record holder Adam Peaty and Olympic medallist, Ranomi Kromowidjojo were there (so if any swimming fans want to see the world’s best swimmers compete, tickets are on sale soon!). I am also competing at Scottish Age Groups in Aberdeen in March, which is a huge team event where I will be looking to reach the finals ans achieve medals and post times, which will get me in to the British Summer Championships, our main focus of the year, held later in 2017!
Well done, Mhairi!