East District Age Group

Fins Competitive Swim Club
Eleven of Fins’ top age group swimmers were at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh from Friday through to Sunday competing in the final round of the Scottish East District Age Group Championships and in their first long course event for several months.
It is quite challenging to move from a short course to a long course event especially as the Fife swimmers do not have a 50m training facility anywhere in Fife. However in terms of performance Fins’ swimmers rose to the challenge and while no medals were won five of the swimmers made it through to at least one final and two others just missed out.
Overall their long course improvement rate was an impressive 85% and of the nine swims that did not make a PB six of them were within 0.5 seconds with one swimmer missing out on PBs in two of his events by one one hundredth and four one hundredths of a second.
Top swimmer for Fins was 16 year old Kyle Pate, 16 and over boys’ age group, who gained a 6th place in his 100m Backstroke. That in itself is an achievement as the 16 and over boys age group, and for that matter the same age group for girls, is dominated by the Edinburgh University Swim Team followed by two other Edinburgh Clubs, Warrender and Heart of Midlothian. Kyle also just missed out on the finals of the 50m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley finishing as 1st reserve for both.
Fins’ gained another 6th place in the 15 years boys’ age group when James Gray finished in 6th place in the 100m Breaststroke. James also finished as 2nd reserve for the final of the 100m Butterfly.
There were two final placings for 14 year old Callum MacDonald, 14 years boys’, who finished 7th in the 50m Freestyle and 8th in the 100m Freestyle. Callum also finished as 2nd reserve for both the 50m and 100m Backstroke.
Probably the most unfortunate swimmer over the weekend was 15 year old Kiara Mackay who despite a number of good PBs gained an 8th place in the final of the 15 years girls’ 50m Butterfly but was agonisingly first reserve for the finals of the 50m Freestyle and both the 50m and 100m Backstroke. Kiara was also 2nd reserve for both the 100m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly.
Fins’ only other finalist was 14 year old Sam Lewis who gained an 8th place in the 14 years boys’ 50m Breaststroke and wasn’t too far back in the 100m Breaststroke.
Two other swimmers who ended up as reserves were 14 year old Lucy Brice who was 2nd reserve for the 100m Breaststroke and another 14 year old, Claire Thomson who was second reserve for the 200m Individual Medley. Lucy was not all that far away on her 200m Individual Medley and similarly for Claire in her 100m Butterfly.
In terms of individual improvement it was Lucy Brice who topped the list with a 14.37 second improvement in her 200m Individual Medley, an 8.92 second improvement in her 100m Breaststroke and a 6.46 second improvement in her 100m Backstroke.
The second largest PB of the weekend came from Sam Lewis who reduced his 100m Breaststroke by 10.93 seconds.
Kiara Mackay reduced her 200m Individual Medley by 7.53 seconds.
The remaining four swimmers to qualify for the event were Euan Pate (15) who had a top finish of 11th; Arran Stowe (16/o); Greg Turner (16/o); and Kirsty Davis (13).
No longer with Fins, having moved to Edinburgh University, Greg Watson won Gold Medals in both the 50m and 100m Butterfly, and Silver Medals in the both the 50m and 100m Freestyle.
Updated 2016-02-04 12:30:42 by Ken White