The City of Glasgow Swim Team recorded their best ever performance at the Scottish Gas National Open Championships at the weekend.
A string of exceptional performances by swimmers including double Commonwealth Games medal winner, Robbie Renwick, saw the City of Glasgow Swim Team finish as the 2nd Scottish club. It was marked improvement on last year’s 4th place finish, with Robbie striking gold in the 400m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay, 200m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle at the Glasgow Club Tollcross. He also picked up the Eileen Adams trophy. A number of new Scottish records were also set by City of Glasgow including the men’s 4x200m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle.
It was a real team effort by City of Glasgow, with a number of personal bests set over the course of the weekend. As well as Robbie Renwick’s stirring performances Daniel Scott finished 4th in the 50m and 100m butterfly, while Ian Porteous finished 4th in the 800m and 1500m freestyle. Jamie Graham was another in fine form finishing 4th in the 50m breaststroke and 5th in the 100m breaststroke. Rory Shirley was also crowned as Scottish junior champion in the 50m breaststroke.
As well as battling it out against the best in the UK at the National Championships, the City of Glasgow Swim Team were also up against very competitive teams from Spain, Ireland, Tunisia and South America.
After his sensational weekend, Renwick, who is preparing for this year’s World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, said: “I used this meet as preparation for the World Championships. While I hoped my times would be a little faster I’m still in hard training and don’t start my taper until next week.
“I always enjoy this meet and this time it has been good practice ahead off Shanghai. We head out to Japan to our holding camp on 12th July and I can’t wait. I’m really excited about taking on the world’s best.”
Renwick and the City of Glasgow Swim Team are based at the Glasgow Club Tollcross. Head coach, Andrena Hammond, said: “It was another very successful National Championships for us, with several of our swimmers recording personal best times.
“Finishing 2nd is a vast improvement on last year and sets the best overall position Glasgow has finished at this competition. There were some excellent personal best times from our younger swimmers, who gained valuable experience in competing at senior championships.”
The Scottish Gas National Open Championships was the last major event to be staged in the pool in the Glasgow Club Tollcross ahead of the planned £13.7million upgrade for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Preliminary work is already way, with the wet side facilities set to close in October and the rest of the centre remaining open till December.
When it reopens in the spring of 2013 it will boast two 50 metre swimming pools; one of the biggest gyms in the city with well over 100 pieces of equipment, a refurbished games hall, brand new dance studio, as well as a range of function spaces.
Performance Coach at the City of Glasgow Swim Team, Graham Wardell, added: "It was a great effort and shows great progress within the team. This result shows if we pull together as a team we can achieve top level swimming within Glasgow."