Ian Wright


Scottish National League Final
18 December 2021 – Tollcross Pool, Glasgow (25m)

City of Glasgow swimmers are celebrating after winning top honours in the Scottish Swimming National League Final.  The 39 strong squad, split into A and B teams, were in great form throughout the day’s action at the famous Tollcross pool.

Recent results suggested that both Divisions would see a three-way battle between Glasgow, Warrender and Aberdeen and that’s how it turned out.  However, the COGST ‘B’ team were dominant throughout, gradually pulling away from their opposition to win the Division 2 match up with relative ease.  Division 1 was a closer affair, with almost every one of the 36 races a head-to-head between the top three teams.  Despite a disqualification in one of the relays mid-way through, it was the Glasgow ‘A’ team who prevailed overall, swimming consistently well throughout to claim the inaugural trophy.

Head Performance Coach, Ian Wright commented on the club’s results: “We were really delighted to come out on top in both Divisions in this new tournament. The competition was tough and we had to fight hard for every point. It’s great for the swimmers to enjoy some success on a team and club level after what has been a long and really difficult 20 months for everyone.”

Congratulations to all teams in both Divisions for making it such a good competition and a nice way to round out a difficult year.


Scottish Swimming Winter Meet  
10-12 December 2021 – Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh (25m)

Fifty COGST swimmers took part in the Scottish Winter Meet in Edinburgh, one of the traditional curtain closers of the swimming year.  For many it was one of the first full schedule meets since the start of the pandemic and was keenly welcomed for the opportunity it presented to swim fast again.  Pleasingly, the COGST team were in good form, reaching 30 senior ‘A’ finals and winning 12 medals (5 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze).

City newcomer Craig Benson captured double gold with powerful swims in the 50 and 100 breaststroke events while butterfly specialist Gregor Swinney medalled in all three events taking gold in the 50, silver in the 100 and bronze in the 200m distance.  Glasgow swimmers dominated the men’s 1500 freestyle with an impressive six swimmers in the top eight, from whom it was Marshall Illingworth and Michael Flynn that led the way with a one-two finish. The fifth gold medal was won by Katie Shanahan who took a surprise victory over more seasoned specialists in the 200 breaststroke. Shanahan knocked seven seconds off her previous best to shock the field from lane 7.  In other events, Drew McKenzie, grabbed silver in the 200 freestyle with an outstanding swim aged just 16 whilst Mark Ford collected a bronze medal brace with fine swims in the 200 backstroke and 100 IM.  The final medal came in the mixed 4x50 freestyle relay where Swinney, Ruairi McKinnon, Shanahan and McKenzie combined well to claim the bronze.



 World Short Course Championships
16-21 December 2021 – Abu Dhabi (25m)

Katie Shanahan continued her successful breakout year when making her senior world level debut at the World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi.  Unafraid of the step up in class, Shanahan swam an excellent 400 IM heat on day one, reaching the final alongside seven of the world’s best. A slightly faster performance in the final of 4:32.58 gave her an 8th place finish in her first final at this level.  In the days to follow Shanahan also contested the 200 IM and 200 backstroke, again producing strong heat swims, ranking 11th overall, and only 0.4 outside the final in both, such are the high and close standards at this end of the sport. After a busy year, Shanahan will now enjoy a short break over Christmas before refocusing her energies towards qualification for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.


International Swimming League – Season 3 Grand Final
3-4 December 2021 – Eindhoven, Netherlands (25m)

After impressing with strong swims in the regular season and early play-off matches, Katie Shanahan was back in the London Roar team for the Grand Final of Season 3 of the ISL (International Swimming League) where they faced tough challenges from the Cali Condors, Energy Standard and LA Current teams.  Shanahan continued her good form, posting points winning swims in the 400 IM, 200 IM and 200 Backstroke once again demonstrating that she is not out of place on this stage against some of the best swimmers in the world.  It was a highly competitive final with London eventually placing third overall helped by multiple top swims from Olympic medallists such as Emma McKeon, Kyle Chalmers and Duncan Scott.


British Swimming Winter Para Meet
11-12 December 2021  – Swansea (50m)

Three COGST swimmers travelled to Swansea for this early season long course meet.  Gavin Roberts (S14), Louis Lawlor (S14) and Jake Woods (S9/SB9) were in action, all laying down some valuable race practice in the lead up to the British Para Championships in February where the trio will be targeting places on the World Championships and Commonwealth Games teams.

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