East District Open Championships + Fife Leagues

Fins’ swimmers have been in action over the last two weekends. Last Friday through to Sunday evening, 10 of Fins’ top swimmers competed in the Scottish East District Open Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh. The previous Sunday 43 swimmers were at the Michael Woods Centre for the final round of the Fife Leagues. 33 swimmers competed in the Fife League and 10 in the Novice League.
At the Royal Commonwealth Pool, there was a degree of disappointment when the improvement rate dropped to just 41%. There were however several positives to take from the meet. This was an open meet with a very large entry, including Olympic and Commonwealth medallists. There were no age groups so Head Coach, Ian Lewis, described it as an experiential meet for the younger swimmers to compete at this level of competition, especially as they were completely out of their comfort zone. Even 18 year old Kyle Pate was giving away a few years to the top swimmers and as it turned out Kyle was the top swimmer for Fins over the three days of the competition as he reached the ‘B’ final in three events, the 50m, 100m, and 200m Backstroke. He won the ‘B’ final in the 200m, placing him 9th overall, he was also 6th in the ‘B’ final of the 50m and 7th in the 100m, or 14th and 15th overall.
Although he didn’t get a second swim, as there is only an ‘A’ final in the 400m and over events, Arran Stowe finished in 13th place overall in the 400m Freestyle.
Kyle and Arran will be 18 and 19 years old respectively this year and of the swimmers competing would have been the most likely to gain a fairly high finishing place, but one swimmer who just missed out on a ‘B’ final by two tenths of a second was Neža Dolenc-Luznar, who finished as 1st reserve for the 200m Butterfly ‘B’ final. Neža will be just 13 this year so it is quite an achievement and she did finish the highest placed 13 year old at 17th overall in the event.
Another achievement for Fins’ swimmer came from 15 year old Theo Goodfellow, who finished in 38th place overall, in a field of 57 swimmers, in the 100m Breaststroke, but was the top Junior from the Scottish East District and therefore becomes the East District Junior Champion in this event.
The largest improvement came from Neža who reduced her 400m Individual Medley by 17.95 seconds from the time she set just four weeks previously. She also reduced her 200m Butterfly by 4.57 seconds again from a time she had set four weeks previously.
The previous Sunday at the Michael Woods Centre Fins’ swimmers had an excellent day. In the Fife League the 33 swimmers competed in 64 swims, returning a 70% improvement rate. The swimmers gained 17 – 1st placings with 5 swimmers gaining double firsts, 9 – 2nd placings, and 4 – 3rd placings, plus a further 26 top 10 finishes.
All the swimmers had at least one top 10 finish.
The details are:
Holly Armit, 11/12 girls, 1st in both the 50 Freestyle and 100m Breaststroke
Michael Strang, 13/14 boys, 1st in both the 100m and 200m Freestyle
Caitlyn Dodds, 15/O girls, 1st in both the 200m Freestyle and 100m Breaststroke
Stephanie Strang, 15/O girls, 1st in both the 50m and 100m Freestyle
Arran Stowe, 15/O boys, 1st in both the 200m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke
Erin Taylor, 11/12 girls, 1st – 100m Butterfly; 2nd – 200m Freestyle
Catherine Comrie, 15/O girls, 1st – 100m Butterfly; 2nd = 50m Freestyle
Kyle Pate, 15/O boys, 1st – 100m Freestyle; 2nd – 200m Freestyle
Ailey Davidson, 9/10 girls, 1st – 100m Butterfly; 6th – 50m Freestyle
Eireann Comrie, 13/14 girls, 1st – 100m Freestyle; 6th – 200m Freestyle
Arwen McGloin, 11/12 girls, 1st – 100m Freestyle
Theo Goodfellow, 15/O boys, 1st – 100m Breaststroke
Mark Scott, 11/12 boys, 2nd – 100m Breaststroke; 4th – 200m Freestyle
Neža Dolenc-Luznar, 13/14 girls, 2nd – 100m Butterfly; 4th – 200m Freestyle
Claire Thomson, 15/O girls, 2nd – 100m Butterfly; 4th – 200m Freestyle
Erin O’Connor, 13/14 girls, 2nd – 100m Backstroke; 7th – 200m Freestyle
Peter Strong, 15/O boys, 2nd – 100m Backstroke
Euan Pate, 15/O boys, 2nd – 100m Butterfly
Ben Lewis, 13/14 boys, 3rd in both the 200m Freestyle and 100m Breaststroke
Esme Lee, 11/12 girls, 3rd – 100m Backstroke; 10th – 200m Freestyle
Tianna Pease, 15/O girls, 3rd – 100m Backstroke
Kieran Carr, 11/12 boys, 4th – 50m Freestyle; 5th – 100m Freestyle
Blair Wardlaw, 13/14 boys, 4th – 100m Butterfly; 7th – 200m Freestyle
Bethany Michie, 15/O girls, 4th – 100m Breaststroke
Megan Ovens, 15/O girls, 5th in both the 50m and 100m Freestyle
Rhianna Henderson, 11/12 girls, 5th – 100m Breaststroke; 6th – 200m Freestyle
Sam Lewis, 15/O boys, 5th – 100m Freestyle; 10th – 200m Freestyle
Abbie Taylor, 15/O girls, 5th – 100m Backstroke
Emma Lorrainsmith, 11/12 girls, 6th in both the 50m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly
Eve Goodfellow, 13/14 girls, 6th – 50m freestyle
Ana Doherty, 11/12 girls, 8th in both the 50m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke
Hannah Payne, 13/14 girls, 8th – 100m Breaststroke
Koral Pate, 13/14 girls, 9th – 100m Butterfly
The three top improvements came from two swimmers – Ben Lewis who reduced his 100m Breaststroke by 30.02 seconds, although this was the first time in three years he had swum the event; and Holly Armit who reduced her 50m Freestyle by 7.21 seconds and her 100m Breaststroke by 6.57 seconds. Seven of the non PB swims were still good enough to win their event.
In the Novice League 10 swimmers competed in 13 swims and returned an improvement rate of 92%. Two swimmers broke the time band in their respective events, there were two 1st and two 2nd placings and five swims that gained a top ten finish.
Top swimmer in the Novice League, for Fins, was Ailsa Burns, 10/O girls, who broke the time band in her 50m Breaststroke, in 47.45 seconds, and was 2nd in her100m Freestyle.
The other swimmer to break the time band was Ryan Finnie, 10/O boys, in his 50m Backstroke in a time of 49.21 seconds.
Cairn Pease, 9/U boys, was 1st in his 25m Breaststroke and 6th in his 50m Freestyle
Finn Doherty, 10/O boys, was 1st in his 50m Freestyle and 7th in his 100m Freestyle
Dawn Lawrie, 10/O girls, was 2nd in her 50m Butterfly.
The remaining top ten finishes were:
Grace Wilson, 10/O girls, 9th – 50m Freestyle
Katy Nicholson, 10/O girls, 10th – 50m Freestyle
Grant Wardlaw, 10/O boys, 10th – 50m Freestyle
The top two improvements came from Cairn who reduced his 50m Freestyle by 12.77 seconds and Dawn who reduced her 50m Butterfly by 6.48 seconds.
Updated 2017-12-01 05:20:13 by Ken White