The Scottish Short Course Swimming Championships will be held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh, on Friday 14 - Sunday 16 December. This is an annual competition that concludes the Short Course season.
The University of Edinburgh Performance Swim team is consistently the top team in Scotland, having won the competition every time a full team has been represented.The team did not compete last year, as they were focusing on Olympic Trials, so the swimmers are eager to return and make a statement at home. The Performance Sprint coach, Mark Jaggs, said that the upcoming event will provide ‘a chance to continue on from the success of meets from earlier in the season, like at the Berlin World Cup and at BUCS, where we achieved Scottish records’.
Among the University swimmers hoping for success at this year’s Championships is Craig Rodgie. A Paralympic swimmer who competed in this year’s Paralympic Games in London, Rodgie will be attempting a world record in the 100 metre butterfly as an S14 swimmer. Caitlin McClatchey, a new recruit to the Performance team and commencing her MSc in Performance Psychology, will also be swimming. McClatchey is a three-time Olympian and between 2007 and 2009 she held several individual British records, including the 100m, 200m and 400m Freestyle. Richard Schafers will be fighting against his own team-mates, Kieran McGuckin and Jack Thorpe, to defend his current status as the fastest Scot in water. The female breaststrokers, Corrie Scott, Kathryn Johnstone, Andrea Strachan and Emma Bird will all go head-to-head to decide the fastest in all three breaststroke events; the 50, 100, and 200 metres.
it is rare to have home support in swimming, so having the Championships here will give the team a huge boost
Performance Sprint Coach
The University of Edinburgh Performance team train daily, with up to ten sessions in the pool and four sessions in the gym each week, alongside some challenging degree courses. However working with head coach Chris Jones, and assistant coach Mark Jaggs, the team is progressing well and competing strongly. Looking ahead, Jaggs commented, ‘we want to put some swimmers on to the World Championship and World University Games teams. This year is also a great stepping stone for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where out swimmers want to represent the home nation and challenge for medals in Glasgow’.
The Scottish Swimming Championships will be held in Edinburgh at the Royal Commonwealth Pool from the 14th-16th December, so come along and give them some home support from the spectator stands.
To keep up-to-date with the UoE Performance Team, follow them on Twitter at @UofESwimming
This article was published on Dec 7, 2012