East Kilbride Open

Last weekend was another successful outing for eleven Fins’ swimmers when they travelled to East Kilbride for the local club’s Open Meet. This time the success was not so much in terms of improvement as the rate was down to 53% which is still good considering the amount of competition recently.
Chief Coach, Ian Lewis, was happy with the performances as with most of the non PB swims were just a few tenths away and some from the times set just two weeks ago. The main reason for attending the meet was yet again to get some long course experience in preparation for upcoming meets and there was the full range of events to choose from.
The success came in that Fins’ swimmers set three meet records, won 7 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze medals and 9 of the 11 swimmers gained a top 10 finish. With the exception of the 50m events all other events were in two year age bands and were all heat declared winner. The 50m events were no age group and they all had finals.
Top swimmer for Fins was 17 year old Arran Stowe, 16 and over boys, who won the 1500m Freestyle in a new meet record time of 17 minutes 55.91 seconds. Arran also won gold in both the 100m Butterfly and 200m Breaststroke, silver in the 400m Individual Medley and bronze in the both the 200m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley. In addition he had a 5th place finish in the 100m Breaststroke and 7th in the 100m Freestyle.
16 year old Kyle Pate, 16 and over boys, also won three gold medals in the 50m, 100m and 200m Backstroke. His time of 29.13 seconds in the 50m, and 2 minutes 17.48 seconds in the 200m, were both new meet records. Kyle also won silver in the 200m Individual Medley and bronze in the 400m Individual Medley. He was also 5th in the 50m Freestyle and 8th in the 100m Freestyle.
14 year old Claire Thomson, 14/15 girls, won the final gold for Fins in the 400m Individual Medley. Claire also had two 4th places in the 100m Breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley, a 6th place in the 100m Freestyle and 7th in the 200m Backstroke.
13 year old Caitlyn Dodds, 12/13 girls, won two silvers in the 100m Freestyle and 200m Backstroke. She also finished 4th in the 400m Freestyle; 5th in the 100m Butterfly; and 6th in the 400m Individual Medley.
14 year old Lucy Brice, 14/15 girls, won a silver in the 400m Freestyle and a bronze in the 200m Freestyle. She also finished 8th in the 200m Individual Medley and 9th in the 100m Butterfly.
The final two medals for Fins were won by 14 year old Sam Lewis, 14/15 boys, and these were a silver in the 100m Breaststroke and a bronze in the 200m Breaststroke. He also finished 10th in the 200m Backstroke.
The remaining top ten finishes came from:
Callum MacDonald (14), 14/15 boys – 5th in both the 100m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle; 7th – 200m Backstroke; 8th  – 100m Freestyle; and – 9th in both 50m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley.
Michael Strang (12), 12/13 boys – 5th in both the 100m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly.
James Gray (15), 14/15 boys – 9th in both the 50m and 100m Butterfly; 10th – 50m Breaststroke.
The remaining two swimmers were Euan Pate (15) and Megan Ovens (14) who finished just outside the top 10.
In terms of improvement the largest improvement came from Sam Lewis who reduced his 200m Individual Medley time by 26.32 seconds; Claire Thomson reduced her 400m Individual Medley time by 10.46 seconds; and James Gray who reduced his 100m Backstroke time by 8.87 seconds.
Updated 2016-07-23 08:44:12 by Ken White