Scottish National Short Course Championships

Four of Fins’ top swimmers were at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh, from Friday through to Sunday for the Scottish National Short Course Championships.
Second swims were not expected from the swimmers and none was achieved but nevertheless they had an excellent competition. There are no age groups in the competition and the top 16 swimmers from the heats make it through to the finals, the top 8 in the ‘A’ Final and the remaining 8 in the ‘B’ final.
There was a very high standard field with most of the events having more than 90 competitors who not only came from all over Scotland but also from England all the way South to the Channel Isles. There were also clubs from Ireland, both north and south, and clubs from Germany and Denmark.
Scottish success came mainly from four teams, University of Stirling, Edinburgh University, City of Glasgow, and Aberdeen University Performance, and there is no coincidence that these teams have good access to the best facilities in Scotland.
The four Fins swimmers had their own individual successes and returned a very respectable improvement rate of 78%, from a total of 23 swims. The four swimmers were, from youngest at 13 to the oldest at 17, Caitlyn Dodds, Claire Thomson, Kyle Pate, and Arran Stowe. It is not possible to single out a best swimmer for Fins as they each had their own personal achievements. Caitlyn reduced her own Fins’ Club record, that she set at the Fife Schools’ Championships last month, for the 100m Backstroke, by 0.35 seconds and the record now stands at 1min. 5.82 seconds.
Kyle was the top placed swimmer gaining 22nd place in the 400m Individual Medley, with the others not too far behind. Kyle also reached a personal milestone by swimming below the one minute mark for the 100m Backstroke. His recorded time was 59.31 seconds. He is only the second swimmer in Fins’ history to achieve this.
Arran also achieved a personal milestone by going under the two minute mark for the 200m Freestyle, his time being 1min. 58.13 seconds and has now passed the time set by Head Coach, Ian Lewis, back in 1985 and that gained him a place in the Scottish Team.
It is difficult to achieve large PBs, when a swimmer reaches this level, and it is really a matter of continually shaving a second or so or even tenths of a second off the swimmers’ previous best. The top three improvements at the weekend would be welcomed by a swimmer at any level and came from Kyle, who reduced his 200m Individual Medley by 5.08 seconds, and Arran who reduced his 200m Butterfly by 3.86 seconds and his 200m Freestyle by 3.27 seconds.
Head Coach, Ian Lewis, was extremely pleased by the swimmers’ performance and hopes that it will inspire those swimmers who did not quite manage to qualify for this event, which is the top short course event in the Scottish Swimming calendar.
Updated 2016-12-22 03:19:15 by Ken White