Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow
Saturday 23rd May 2015
Tollcross International Swimming Centre welcomed well over 220 swimmers from across the country to participate in the SDS Senior Championships for swimmers with a learning disability. The venue, which hosted the swimming at last year's Commonwealth Games and will host the IPC World Championships in July, was the ideal setting for some excellent performances in the pool from a wide selection of Lothian swimmers.
Swimmers from Lothian Racers, Loanhead Swim Team, Faldhouse Penguins, Swim West Lothian and Warrender Baths Club were given the opportunity to represent a 16 strong Lothian team who were aiming to produce PB's and secure medals and points for the region. Points gained by all swimmers would be calculated at the end of the day, with the winners claiming the Kintore Trophy. The day saw some excellent performances with swimmers coming through heats to win themselves a place in finals - and it was excellent to see an impressive medal haul come back East. Shannon Crosbie was unlucky to miss out on gold as she claimed Silver (Free) and two Bronze medals (Back & IM) during a successful day of swimming. However, Saskia Falconer (Free) and Joshua Hadland (Back) went one better and secured gold medals along with West Lothian swimmer Callum Todd. Callum Todd, making his debut at these Championships, finished first in the 50m Back to claim gold and 5th in the highly competitive 100m Free, posting a PB in the process. Another swimmer unlucky to miss out on gold was Kerri MacKenzie, who finished the day with two silver medals (Breast and Free).
The Lothian team also included Scott Quin - the Midlothian swimmer travelling straight to the Championships from a busy training schedule and he didn't disappoint the spectators with his performances. Quinn, who is one of only two Scots to qualify for the IPC World Championships in July, secured gold medals in the 100IM and 50m Breast while finishing just behind Fife swimmer, Craig Rodgie, in the keenly contested 100m Free and 50m Fly. The 100IM and 50m Breast also saw Scot Quin set new Championship records that will be difficult to better for swimmers in the future.
Well done to all Lothian swimmers who competed at the Championships, all represented the region superbly and were well worthy of their seventh place finish in the race for the Kintore Trophy - eventually won by West of Scotland A. Special thanks to Lynne Sturgeon and the team for organising and ensuring the squad were well kitted out and given the opportunity to perform so well.