Scottish East District Open Water Open Champion!
Fins had only one swimmer in action at the weekend but had plenty of ‘Firsts’.
16 year old Arran Stowe is the new Scottish East District Open Water Open Champion and the Scottish East District Open Water Champion for 3 Kilometres,
The Scottish East District Open Water Open Championships took place last Saturday at Lochore Meadows and Arran won the Open Title by a clear 25 seconds. The Open Championship is open to all comers and as a result of winning that Arran automatically wins the Scottish East District Title which is confined to East District swimmers.
This was Arran’s first open water swim, it is his first District Titles, It is the first time a Fins’ swimmer has entered an open water meet and as a result is the first time a Fins’ swimmer has won an open water Championship. It is also the first District title of any kind that a Fins’ swimmer has won for about five years.
Arran’s win caused a bit of a stir in open water circles as there are no age groups, the majority of the competitors were older than Arran and most if not all are experienced open water swimmers.
After the race Arran’s Mum, Helen, said “I just can’t believe Arran swam so well.”
Head Coach, Ian Lewis, said “We just didn’t know what to expect as this was Arran’s first open water swim. He prefers distance events and we discussed the possibility of trying an open water event. It just so happened that the first suitable event on the calendar was the district open and it was fairly local at Lochore.
He didn’t really have a great deal of preparation as he only had three sessions in the loch itself with the majority of his training been done at Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre.
We will now need to consider where we go from here. The other three district Championships are still to come and they form the Scottish Grand Prix, plus there is the Scottish Championships at Loch Venechar in August.
This was an exceptional performance today.”