Scottish National Open Water Championships (SNOWS) 10th and 11th August 2019

Well done team Step Rock at the Open Water champs at Loch Venachar on the weekend of the 10th and 11th of August – excellent results and swimming!

14 swimmers, 15 individual swims, 13 PBs, 2 medals = 1 Amazing Team!

Saturday saw 8 of our swimmers battle against crazy weather conditions in the 2km races. Storms, torrential rain and blazing sunshine didn’t stop the Step Rockers from pushing themselves all the way to deliver outstanding swims. Highlights included a determined swim by Daniel to snag a bronze medal in the 13-14 age group and a superb performance from Anna H who swam a 2 minute PB coming in 4th in the 15-16 age group. PBs from Anna S, Isla H, Lucy and Orla followed, with a special mention to Orla who battled a knee injury for the second lap.

The relay teams led by Esmee and Anna H then donned the (now customary) Gold and Silver caps to battle against the ‘big guys’.

Sunday saw even more amazing swims in the 1km events. First up the 11-12 year olds where Fraser’s tremendous effort saw him rewarded a silver medal finishing in an incredible time of 14:49, only one second slower than the gold medallist. Rowan and Finch then battled all the way coming in 4th and 5th respectively, achieving huge PBs to take them both under the 16 minute mark. Sam J crushed his target time target by 2 minutes and Freya gained the biggest PB of the event, knocking off 6m30secs off her PB and importantly finishing with a huge smile on her face!

The two Islas topped off the weekend with the most incredible 1km swims, both coming in well under 15 minutes Isla T at 14:42, and Isla H 14:43.

All of the swimmers should feel incredibly proud of their hard work and achievements this weekend, and a huge thanks to all the parents for their support/ transport/ catering and especially Tom Hedley for the team tent!