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The inaugural Scottish Club Team Championships took place this weekend in Tollcross. This new event was designed to bring together the top teams in Scotland for some exciting head-to-head racing early on in the season. Teams were selected based on their positions at the Scottish open and age group championships with the junior teams racing in the morning and the senior teams in the afternoon.

City of Glasgow only qualified for the senior section, and knew we would be under pressure to compete having had a lot of our senior male swimmers either retire or move on after the Commonwealth Games. In addition, both University of Edinburgh and University of Stirling had recruited a lot of top swimmers to their programmes for the new academic year so the opposition was always going to be fierce.

However, you can't keep a good team down and right from the first relay where 15 year old Lauren Gilkes led off the ladies 4x50 freestyle team in a senior club record we were up for the challenge.

The individual wins for the club came from Chris Lowther in the 400m freestyle, Camilla Hattersley in the 400m IM and Matt Nicholson in the 100m Breaststroke. However it was the individual commitment to the team effort that saw many swimmers posting great times in multiple events across the programme. Victoria Milburn was one such swimmer who set 4 best times in 3 individual swims - 200m fly (100m split was a pb also), 200m IM and 200m breaststroke. A special mention must be made of 14yr old Eilidh Smith who found herself lining up against Commonwealth medallist Corrie Scott in the 50m breaststroke. Undaunted by such opposition she posted a pb and backed it up with another personal best in the 100m event.

It was great to see that the early season skill work was used to great effect by all, and when the final results were tallied we were delighted o find out we had placed second behind the University of Edinburgh. In addition, the girls had set new club records in both of the relay events.

It was great to see so many other club swimmers and parents come down to support us, it was really appreciated!
Here's to the next club outing at the Clyde Coast Winter League this weekend (4th October). Go GlasGOLD!!!

Graham Wardell