Fins Competitive Swim Club
12 Fins’ swimmers got 2016 off to a good start when they competed in the Falkirk Integrated Regional Swim Team’s (FIRST) open event at the Excite Bathgate Leisure Centre last weekend.
The swimmers returned a reasonable improvement rate of 60% and while the PBs were not large, neither was the gap in the swims that did not produce PBs.
Overall there were four Gold, four Silver, and three Bronze Medals won and these came from the two most experienced swimmers in the team. The events were all swum as heat declared winner and of the 42 swims that the swimmers competed in 32 swims resulted in a top 10 finish, including the medal winning swims.
Top swimmer for Fins was 16 year old Kyle Pate, swimming in the 16 and over boys age group.
Kyle won gold in the 100m Breaststroke, the 200m Individual Medley and the 100m Backstroke. He also gained two silver medals in the 50m Backstroke and 400m Individual Medley and finished in 5th place in the 100m Freestyle. He almost gained a 4th gold medal in the 50m Backstroke where he was beaten by just 2 tenths of a second.
Fins other medal winner was 17 year old Arran Stowe, 16 and over boys, who won Gold in the 200m Breaststroke. Arran also won two Silver medals in the 100m and 200m Individual Medley, and three Bronze medals in the 50m and 200m Freestyle, and the 400m Individual Medley. He also had a 5th place in the 200m Backstroke.
Just outside the medals was Lucy Brice, 14 /15 girls, who finished in 4th place in the 200m Breaststroke and it was literally just outside the medals, beaten by 9 one hundredths of a second. Lucy also gained a 5th place in the 100m Breaststroke and a 7th place in the 100m Butterfly.
The remaining top ten placings came from:
Kiara Mackay, 14/15 girls, who had two 5th place finishes in the 50m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly and a 7th place in the 100m Backstroke. Kiara had a fairly lean year last year in terms of PBs so it was good to see her registering a couple in this meet.
Callum MacDonald, 14/15 boys, 5th – 100m Freestyle; 6th in both the 100m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle; 8th – 200m Individual Medley.
James Gray, 14/15 boys, 5th – 50m Breaststroke; 8th – 100m Butterfly; 9th – 100m Breaststroke; 10th in both 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly.
Sam Lewis, 14/15 boys, 5th – 200m Breaststroke; 8th – 400m Freestyle
Euan Pate, 14/15 boys, 9th – 100m Butterfly
In terms of improvement the largest PB came from Kirsty Davis, 12/13 years girls, who reduced her 200m Breaststroke time by 5.14 seconds.
Next was Sam Lewis who reduced his 200m Backstroke time by 3.50 seconds and the third top improvement came from Euan Pate who reduced his 50m Backstroke by 3.08 seconds.
Of the remaining three swimmers who took part it was the first time in an open meet for two of them and the third is still relatively inexperienced at this level. The most important aspect is that they all showed improvement and they were – Erin O’Connor (12/13); Peter Scott (12/13) and Theo Goodfellow (12/13)
Updated 2016-02-04 12:27:31 by Ken White