Rnd. 1 Dist. Champs. and Fife Schools

Fins swimmers have been in action over the past two weeks with the first round of the Scottish East District Age Group Championships taking place last weekend and the Fife Schools’ Championships the previous Sunday. Both events were held at the Michael Woods Centre in Glenrothes.
The District Championships were for events of 400m and over and only eight individual events were contested. Fins had a total of seven swimmers competing in thirteen swims and in terms of improvement it is fair to say that this was not one of the better performances by the swimmers. However, putting it into context the previous two meets did produce a raft of PB performances.
Four of the seven swimmers managed to achieve top ten finishes and the top swimmer for Fins with the only medal of the weekend was Claire Thomson, 16 years girls, who won a silver medal in the 1500m freestyle. Claire just missed out on a second medal finishing 4th in the 400m individual medley. She was also 6th in the 400m Freestyle.
Kyle Pate, 17/o boys finished 6th in the 400m individual medley and 10th in the 400m freestyle.
Arran Stowe, 17/o boys, finished 7th in the 400m Freestyle, 8th in the 400m individual medley and 9th in the 1500m freestyle.
The final swimmer to gain a top ten finish was Caitlyn Dodds, 15 years girls, who was 7th in the 400m freestyle and 8th in the 400m individual medley.
In terms of improvement the largest PB was recorded by Caitlyn who reduced her 400m individual medley by 6.27 seconds, followed by Kyle who reduced hi 400m freestyle by 6.03 seconds.
In contrast to the District Championships, Fins’ swimmers had an excellent day at the Fife Schools’ Championships where 31 swimmers competed in a total of 73 swims and won 16 Titles, 10 silver and 7 bronze medals. In addition, there were a further 26 top ten finishes, achieved by 27 of the swimmers. Overall, they returned an improvement rate of 67%. Swimmers are only allowed to compete in a maximum of three swims for Secondary pupils and two for Primary.
Top Fins’ swimmer was once again Caitlyn Dodds (Auchmuty HS), 14/15 girls, who secured three Fife Schools’ titles and set another record. Caitlyn won the 100m and 200m backstroke and the 100m butterfly. She set a new Fins’ Club record in the 100m backstroke in a time of 1 min. 6.17 seconds beating the previous record, set by former Scottish Schools’ International swimmer Laura Mercer in May 1995, by just three one hundredths of a second. However, at 13 years of age this is three years younger than Laura was at the time.
Michael Strang (St. Andrews RC HS), 12/13 boys, won two titles and a silver medal. Michael’s titles came in the 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle. His silver medal was in the 100m Butterfly.
Callum MacDonald (Balwearie HS), 14/15 boys, also won two titles plus a bronze medal. Callum’s titles came in the 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly, his bronze was in the 200m freestyle.
Three swimmers had two titles apiece and they were Esme Lee, Mark Scott, and Kiara Mackay. Both Esme and Mark are from Strathallan PS and both in their respective 10 /u age groups. Esme’s titles were for her 25m backstroke and 25m butterfly and Mark’s were for his 25m breaststroke and 25m freestyle. Kiara, 16/o girls, is from Dunfermline HS and her titles were in the 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley.
Two swimmers won a complete set of medals and they were Lucy Brice (Balwearie HS), 14/15 girls, and Kyle Pate (Lochgelly HS), 16/o boys. Lucy’s title was her 100m Freestyle, her sliver and bronze medals were in the 200m freestyle and 100m breaststroke and Kyle’s title was his 100m backstroke, silver in his 200m backstroke and bronze in his 400m individual medley.
The final title was won by Theo Goodfellow (Balwearie HS), 14/15 boys, in the 100m Breaststroke. Theo also had two 6th placings in the 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley.
The remaining 14 medals were won by:
Arran Stowe (Fife College), 16/o boys, who won silver in the 400m individual medley, 100m breaststroke and 100m butterfly.
Sam Lewis (Balwearie HS), 14/15 boys, who won silver in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke and was 4th in the 200m individual medley.
Claire Thomson (Inverkeithing HS), 14/15 girls, who won silver in both the 100m freestyle and 200m backstroke.
Holly Armit (Kinghorn PS), 10/u girls, who won silver in the 25m breaststroke and bronze in the 25m freestyle.
Kirsty Davis (Balwearie HS), 14/15 girls, who won silver in the 200m individual medley, was 4th in the 100m butterfly and 6th in the 100m breaststroke.
Euan Pate (Lochgelly HS), 16/o boys, who won silver in the 200m individual medley, was 6th in the 100m butterfly and 8th in the 100m freestyle.
Erin O’Connor (Viewforth HS), 12/13 girls, who won bronze in the 100m freestyle and was 4th in both the 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle.
Megan Ovens (Auchmuty HS), 14/15 girls, who won bronze in the 200m butterfly and was 5th in both the 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle.
Peter Scott (Balwearie), 12/13 boy who won bronze in the 100m butterfly.
The remaining top ten finishes came from:
Julie Davidson (Levenmouth Academy), 12/13 girls, 4th – 200m backstroke; 5th – 100m freestyle; 6th – 200m breaststroke.
Ben Lewis (Balwearie HS), 12/13 boys, 5th – 100m and 200m freestyle; 6th – 100m backstroke.
James Gray (Madras College), 16/o boys, 5th – 100m butterfly.
Kieran Carr (Burntisland Primary), 11/u boys, 7th – 50m backstroke.
Callum Mills (Strathallan PS), 10/u boys, 8th – 25m breaststroke; 10th – 25m freestyle.
Kimberley McCabe (Viewforth HS), 14/15 girls, 8th – 100m backstroke; 10th – 100m backstroke.
Finn Doherty (Burntisland PS), 10/u boys, 8th – 25m backstroke
Ana Doherty (Burntisland PS), 10/u girls, 9th – 25m backstroke
Emma Lorrainsmith (Burntisland PS), 11/u girls – 10th 50m breaststroke.
In terms of improvement the top three PBs were Peter Scott – 100 butterfly, 25.10 seconds; Ben Lewis – 200m freestyle, 21.49 seconds; and Megan Ovens – 200m butterfly, 9.96 seconds.
Updated 2016-12-22 03:14:00 by Ken White