Aberdeen Performance Open Meet + Fife Leagues

Fins’ swimmers were back in action following a short break in competition over the school holiday. Last Saturday and Sunday 19 top swimmers competed in the University of Aberdeen Performance Swim Team Open Meet at the 10 lane 50m Pool at Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatics Centre and the previous Sunday 43 Fins’ swimmers competed in the Fife League and Novice League at the Michael Wood Centre, Glenrothes.
At the Aberdeen University meet the swimmers competed in a total of 96 Individual events plus two relays and returned a reasonable improvement rate of 60%.
This was a well attended meet with swimmers from all over Scotland and teams from England, Ireland and one of the Scandinavian counties.
The 50m, 100m and the 200m Individual Medley events were swum in age groups, with heats and finals, with the remaining 200m and over events were swum as Open and heat declared winner.
Overall Fins swimmers won three medals, one of each colour plus a further 26 top 10 placings.
Top swimmer for Fins was Caitlyn Dodds, 14/15 girls, who won the gold medal in her 100m Backstroke. Caitlyn had two 5th places in the 50m backstroke and 100m Butterfly, she also had two 8th places in the 100m Freestyle, in her age group, and 200m Backstroke in the Open Category and a 9th place in the 50m Freestyle.
The silver and bronze medals were both won by Kyle Pate, 16 and over boys, with the silver being won in the 50m Backstroke and the bronze in the 200m Individual Medley. Kyle had two 4th places in 100m and 200m Backstroke, an 9th in 100m Breaststroke.
Just missing out on the medals was Theo Goodfellow, 14/15 boy, who finished 4th in both the 50m and 100m Breaststroke.
Arran Stowe, 16/O boys, also just missed out on a medal with a 4th place finish in the 200m Individual Medley. Arran was also 6th in the 100m Freestyle, 7th in the in the 100m Breaststroke, 8th in both the 200m Breaststroke and 400m Individual Medley, and 9th in the 100m Butterfly.
The remaining top 10 placings were:
Michael Strang, 11/13 boys, 5th in both the 50m and 100m Butterfly, and the 100m Freestyle, and 8th in the 200m Individual Medley
Stephanie Strang, 16/O girls, 6th – 100m Butterfly; 9th – 50m Backstroke; 10th – 50m Butterfly; 2nd Reserve – 50m Freestyle
Neža Dolenc-Luznar, 11/13 girls, 8th – 50m Butterfly; 2nd reserve 100m Butterfly
Sam Lewis, 14/15 boys, 8th – 50m Breaststroke; 2nd reserve 100m Breaststroke
Catherine Comrie, 16/O girls, 8th – 50m Backstroke; 2nd reserve 50m Breaststroke
4 x 50m Mixed Medley Relay, 15 years and over, – 4th – Kyle, Catherine, Stephanie, and Arran
4 x 50m Mixed Medley Relay, 11 to 14 years, 5th – Caitlyn, Theo, Neža, and Michael
Most of the improvements were within about 2 seconds of the swimmers PB but three that were a bit bigger were:
Arran Stowe, who reduced his 50m Butterfly by 11.87 seconds, Neža Dolenc-Luznar, who reduced her 200m Butterfly by 7.53 seconds, and Theo Goodfellow who reduced his 200m Individual Medley by 6.08 seconds
34 Swimmers competed in the Fife League while the remaining 9 swimmers competed in the Fife Novice League. The club continued its excellent improvement with the League swimmers recording a 71% improvement rate while their younger counterparts recorded a 100% improvement rate.
In the League the 34 swimmers competed in 68 events, with each swimmer restricted to a maximum of two swims. 20 of those swims did not produce a PB but 10 were still good enough to win the event. This meant that 26 swimmers gained a top three finish with eighteen 1st places, sixteen 2nd places, and eight 3rd.  All the swimmers gained a top 10 finish with only four swims just missing out.
Fins also recorded a 1-2-3 in the 13/14 girls 50m Butterfly.
13 swimmers gained a 1st place, with 5 of them gaining a double.
The details are:
Neža Dolenc-Luznar, 13/14 girls, 1st in both the 100m and 200m Butterfly
Michael Strang, 13/14 boys, - 1st 100m Butterfly; 1st – 200m Individual Medley
Caitlyn Dodds, 15/O girls, 100m Butterfly; 1st – 200m Individual Medley
Arran Stowe, 15/O boys, 1st in both the 100m and 200m Butterfly
Kyle Pate, 15/O boys, 1st – 100m Freestyle; 1st – 200m Individual Medley
Erin Taylor, 11/12 girls, 1st – 100m Breaststroke; 2nd – 50m Butterfly
Eireann Comrie, 13/14 girls, 1st – 50m Butterfly; 2nd – 100m Breaststroke
Catherine Comrie, 15/O girls, 1st – 100m Freestyle; 2nd – 50m Butterfly
Stephanie Strang, 15/O girls, 1st – 50m Butterfly; 2nd – 100m Freestyle
Mark Scott, 11/12 boys, 1st – 50m Butterfly; 3rd – 100m Freestyle
Sam Lewis, 15/O boys, 1st – 100m Breaststroke; 3rd – 200m Individual Medley
Ben Lewis, 13/14 boys, 1st – 100m Backstroke; 4th – 200m Individual Medley
Sophie McGloin, 9/10 girls, 1st – 100m Backstroke; 9th – 50m Butterfly
Callum Macdonald, 15/O boys, 2nd – 50m Butterfly; 2nd – 100m Freestyle. Callum was extremely unfortunate not to make it a 19th win for Fins in the 50m Butterfly where, despite a 0.80 second PB, he lost out on the touch by, the smallest of margins, one hundredth of a second.
Euan Pate, 15/O boys, 2nd in both the 100m and 200m Butterfly
Isla Haig, 9/10 girls, 2nd – 100m Breaststroke; 3rd – 50m Butterfly
Claire Thomson, 15/O girls, 2nd – 200m Butterfly; 3rd – 100m Butterfly
Esme Lee, 11/12 girls, 2nd – 100m Butterfly; 4th – 50m Butterfly
Erin O’Connor, 13/14 girls, 2nd – 50m Butterfly; 4th – 100m Breaststroke
Kirsty Davis, 15/O girls, 2nd – 100m Breaststroke, 4th – 200m Individual Medley
Kelly Skye, 13/14 girls, 2nd – 100m Backstroke, 5th – 50m Butterfly
Holly Armit, 11/12 girls, 2nd – 100m Freestyle; 6th – 50m Butterfly
Blair Wardlaw, 13/14 boys, 2nd – 100m Freestyle; 6th – 200m Individual Medley
Julie Davidson, 13/14 girls, 3rd in both the 50m and 100m Butterfly
Rhianna Henderson, 11/12 girls, 3rd – 100m Butterfly; 5th – 200m Individual Medley
Ailey Davidson, 9/10 girls, 3rd – 100m Freestyle; 6th – 50m Butterfly
Megan Ovens, 15/O girls, 4th in both the 50m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke
Peter Strong, 15/O boys, 4th in both the 50m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke
Arwen McGloin, 11/12 girls, 4th – 200 IM; 5th – 100m Freestyle
Abbie Taylor, 15/O girls, 6th – 100m Backstroke; 7th – 50m Butterfly
Emma Lorrainsmith, 11/12 girls, 6th – 100m Breaststroke
Ana Doherty, 11/12 girls, 7th – 100m Backstroke
Hannah Payne, 13/14 girls, 7th – 100m Freestyle
Koral Pate, 13/14 girls, 8th – 100m Backstroke
In terms of improvement there were five swims in excess of 15 seconds, one well in excess, and they came from:
Ben Lewis, who reduced his 200m Individual Medley time by 58.82 seconds
Koral Pate, who reduced her 100m Backstroke by 21.75 seconds and her 50m Butterfly by 15.78 seconds
Holly Armit, who reduced her 100m Freestyle by 18.24 seconds, and
Arwen McGloin, who reduced her 200m Individual Medley by 15.18 seconds.
It was a very similar story in the Fife Novice Leagues where 9 swimmers competed in 12 individual swims plus a relay. All swimmers were competing in the 10 years and over age group and achieved an improvement rate of 100%. Two swimmers beat the time band and are therefore ineligible to swim in that event in future Novice Leagues. Two swimmers gained 1st placings plus one 3rd place and a further four swimmers had a top 10 finish but unfortunately one swimmer, despite recording PBs, just failed to make a top 10 spot.
The two swimmers who beat the time band were Ryan Nicholson and Steven Hardie. Ryan beat the time in the 50m Backstroke while Steven beat the time in the 50m Breaststroke.
The two swimmers, who gained a 1st place, were Heidi Mellon and Molly Sweeney.
Heidi in the 50m Breaststroke and Molly in the 50m Freestyle.
The remaining results were:
Ailsa Burns, 3rd – 50m Butterfly; 4th – 100m Individual Medley
Ashton Gilmour, 6th – 50m Freestyle
Finn Doherty, 6th – 50m Butterfly
Fern Selbie, 8th – 50m Backstroke.
The 4 x 25m Medley Relay team of Fern, Heidi, Ailsa, and Molly were 2nd and reduced their entry time by 4.26 seconds.
The top two individual improvements came from Heidi, who reduced her 50m Breaststroke by 10.41 seconds, and Molly, who reduced her 50m Freestyle time by 7.60 seconds.
Updated 2017-12-01 05:15:01 by Ken White