Scottish East District Open and Grand Prix

Fins’ swimmers had another successful outing last weekend, certainly in terms of improvement this time with a 74% improvement rate. Eight swimmers were through in Edinburgh from Friday through to Sunday for the Scottish East District Open Championships and Grand Prix. Again there were no age groups so the swimmers were up against some of the best seniors and age group swimmers in Scotland, including two who are Rio bound later this year.
For Fins’ swimmers it was all about experience at this level of competition and looking to improve on their previous best times.
Top swimmer for Fins was 16 year old Kyle Pate who won through to a place in two ‘B’ finals finishing 5th in the 200m Backstroke, 13th overall, and 8th in the 100m Backstroke, 16th overall. For his 200m event, Kyle will remain in 7th place in the Scottish Age group Long Course rankings and 5th place in the 100m Event. Kyle recorded the second largest improvement for Fins by taking 7.57 seconds off his 50m Freestyle.
Also with a 13th place, this time in a heat declared winner event, was 17 year old Arran Stowe who finished in 13th place in the 1500m Freestyle. This performance will move him up one place in the rankings to 7th.
In terms of a top ten placing, in the Scottish Age Group Long Course rankings, 13 year old Caitlyn Dodds had an excellent weekend. For two of her swims there was no movement and she remains in 6th place. However, in her 100m Backstroke she will move up two places to 4th; her 200m Backstroke time will move her up one place to 5th and in her 50m Butterfly she will move up 12 places to 7th.
After the weekend swims there are a few more times that are just outside the top ten. That said all of the above rankings are subject to ratification.
The top individual improvement came from 14 year old Claire Thomson who reduced her 800m Freestyle time by 25.39 seconds.
Another success for Fins came in the Relay events.
The 4x100 Mixed Medley relay team of Caitlyn; Kyle, Claire and Arran finished 5th and the 4 x 100m Men’s Medley relay team of Kyle, Sam Lewis, Arran and Callum MacDonald finished 6th.
In both relays Fins’ finished as second club with only East Kilbride ahead of them in both events. The remaining teams were either University Teams or Composite Teams.
The other two simmers to qualify for the Championships were Lucy Brice and James Gray and both recorded PBs .
Updated 2016-07-23 08:30:56 by Ken White