East District Open Water Championship + East Kilbride Open

Nineteen Fins’ swimmers were in action at the weekend, eighteen at East Kilbride on Saturday and Sunday and one in Fife on the Sunday.
The swimmer in Fife was Arran Stowe who was defending his Scottish East District Open Water Senior title at Lochore Meadows. Although it was a lovely summers day elsewhere it was anything but at the Championships where a strong, cold, wind made the water quite choppy and played havoc with the marker buoys.
Arran had two swims, with the 5K in the morning and the 3K in the afternoon. The 5K was the championship event and while Arran finished in 5th place overall, he was the first East District swimmer home and therefore made a successful defence of his title. This was despite having swum about an additional 400m, when he missed one of the marker buoys, and had to retrace his steps. This gave Arran the Championship Trophy and a gold medal as the first East District swimmer home.
There were no slip-ups in the 3K event where Arran finished in 3rd place overall, behind two Scottish Internationalists, and this gained him an overall bronze medal plus a gold for again being the first East District Swimmer home.
It was another good weekend for the swimmers at the East Kilbride, Long Course, Open Meet, certainly in terms of achievement with nine of the eighteen swimmers winning medals, which consisted of 17 gold, 7 silver, and 5 bronze. In addition, there were further 29 top ten placings with only one swimmer just failing to get into the top ten, finishing 11th in the 100m Backstroke. In terms of improvement the swimmers improved the rate considerably from the East District Open with a reasonable 58%.
Top swimmer for Fins, at the meet, was Kyle Pate, 16/O boys, who won 5 gold medals and a silver. Kyle’s gold medals came in the 100m and 200m Backstroke; 200m and 400m Individual Medley; and the 400m Freestyle. His silver medal was in the 200m Freestyle.
Not far behind with 4 gold medals, 2 silver medals, and a bronze was Caitlyn Dodds, 14/15 girls. Caitlyn’s gold medals came in the 100m and 400m Freestyle; 100m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke. Her silver medals were for the 200m Freestyle and 400m Individual Medley; and a bronze in the 200m Individual Medley.
Stephanie Strang, 16/0 girls, won three gold medals in the 100m and 200m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle.
With two gold medals one silver and one bronze was Catherine Comrie, 16/O girls, who won gold in the 100m Breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley; silver in the 100m Freestyle and bronze in the 200m Backstroke.
Next with one gold medal, 2 silver, and a 4th place finish was Neža Dolenc-Luznar. Neža, 12/13 girls, won gold in the 400m Individual Medley; silver in both the 100m Butterfly and 400m Freestyle; and was 4th in the 100m Freestyle.
Michael Strang, 12/13 boys, won a full set of medals plus a 4th place finish. Michael’s gold medal was in the 100m freestyle; his silver in the 200m Freestyle; bronze in the 100m Butterfly; and he was 4th in the 200m Individual Medley.
The 7th and final swimmer to win a gold medal was Theo Goodfellow, 14/15 boys, in his 100m Breaststroke. Theo just missed two other medals, finishing in 4th place in both the 200m Breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley.
Eireann Comrie, 12/13 girls won a bronze medal in the 200m Backstroke. She also recorded four more top ten placings finishing 4th in both the 100m Breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley; 6th in the 100m Backstroke; and 9th in the100m Butterfly.
Fins final medal was won by Callum MacDonald, 14/15 boys, who won bronze in the 200m Individual Medley. He also finished 4th in the200m Freestyle; and was 5th in the 100m Freestyle.
The remaining top ten finishes were:
Esme Lee, 11/U girls, 4th – 100m Breaststroke; 6th – 50m Breaststroke.
Mark Scott, 11/U boys, 5th – 50m Breaststroke; 6th – 100m Butterfly
Erin O’Connor, 12/13 girls, 6th – 200m Backstroke; 7th – 100m Backstroke; 9th – 100m Freestyle.
Euan Pate, 16/O boys, 6th – 200m Freestyle; 7th – 100m Breaststroke; 9th – 100m Butterfly
Peter Strong, 14/15 boys, 6th – 100m Breaststroke.
Kirsty Davis, 14/15 girls, 7th – 200m Backstroke; 8th in both the 200m Freestyle and 200m Breaststroke; 9th – 100m Backstroke.
Arwen McGloin, 11/U girls, 7th – 50m Backstroke; 8th – 50m Breaststroke
Tianna Pease, 14/15 girls, 7th – 100m Breaststroke; 9th – 400m Freestyle
Despite a slightly low improvement rate some of the improvements were very good. The top three improvements were recorded by:
Caitlyn, who reduced her 400m Individual Medley by 29.21 seconds.
Kyle, who reduced his 400m Freestyle by 20 seconds.
Neža, who reduced her 400m Freestyle by 9.95 seconds.
Updated 2017-12-01 05:23:44 by Ken White