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Four Kintyre swimmers are jumping for joy after qualifying for the Scottish National Age Group (SNAG) Swimming Championships.
After a very successful West District pre-SNAG long course meet – where there were medal-winning performances from Emma Millar, who took silver in the 50m freestyle in 30.30 seconds, and Niamh Quinn, who took bronze in the 200m butterfly in 3 minutes, 5.62 seconds and 50m breaststroke in 38.81 seconds – the youngsters found out they successfully made the cut at the highest level of national competition.
The four girls, 14-year-old Evie Judge, 13-year-old Emma Millar, 13-year-old Niamh Quinn and 13-year-old Hannah Millar, are competing across 14 events in total over the five days of competition, which began on Wednesday (April 13) at Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre.
The event runs until Sunday (April 17) and will be live-streamed online.
Stuart McQuaker, Kintyre Amateur Swimming Club’s head coach, said: ‘Since the club was reformed in 2008 after the opening of Aqualibrium, we have only ever had one swimmer qualify for the Nationals, in one event.
‘In 2020, Evie Judge qualified for the Nationals in Aberdeen but, unfortunately, due to lockdown, this event was cancelled.
‘To have four swimmers qualify this year, competing in a total of 14 events, is testament to the hard work and dedication these girls have put in at training over the past two years.’
Club welcomes return of Mini League
After two years without the Clyde Coast Mini League due to Covid restrictions, Kintyre swimmers were delighted to travel to the Sir Matt Busby Sports Centre in Bellshill recently to compete in their round one tie against Bellshill Sharks and North Ayrshire.
With a depleted squad due to Covid cases, the team just managed to fulfil all events, with a number of swimmers having to double-up in the relay events.
After an exciting afternoon’s competition, the points were totalled and the results are: 1 North Ayrshire, 170 points; 2 Kintyre, 165 points; 3 Bellshill Sharks, 76 points.
On Saturday April 23, Kintyre Amateur Swimming Club will welcome swimmers from West Dunbartonshire and Kingston to Aqualibrium for their round two tie of the league, followed by round three on Saturday May 14 in Ayr against South Ayrshire and Scotia.