Scottish Summer Meet + Olympiad

Eight of Fins top age group swimmers were at the royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh for the Scottish Summer Meet, which attracted swimmers from Shetlands all the way to the borders and some from south of the border.
This event is purely an age group event with a maximum age of eighteen, which meant no senior swimmers chasing Commonwealth Games places, as was the case at the Scottish National Open Championships held at Aberdeen the previous week.
The eight swimmers competed in a total of 32 swims but again a long course competition saw the improvement rate drop to 44%. However, it was not quite so bad, as it appears, with eight of the non PB swims coming with 0.5 seconds of the swimmer’s PB.
Seven of the eight swimmers achieved a second swim by finishing eighth, or better in the heats. In total three swimmers gained 8 medals – 3 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze, plus a further 16 top 10 placings, plus a new club record.
Top swimmer for Fins was Kyle Pate, 17/18 boys, who won two of the three gold medals and they came in 50m and 100m Backstroke both with PBs and Kyle came very close to beating a major barrier in the 100m Backstroke of going under the 1-minute mark. His time was 1 minute 0.23 seconds.
Kyle also won a silver medal in the 200m Backstroke and was placed 5th in the 200m Individual Medley.
Both the remaining gold and silver medals were won by Caitlyn Dodds, 15 years girls, who won gold in the 50m backstroke and silver in the 200m Backstroke. She also gained a complete set by winning a bronze medal in the 100m Backstroke. Caitlyn also finished 5th in the 50m Freestyle, 7th in the 50 Butterfly and was 1st reserve (9th) for the final of the 100m Freestyle
The remaining two bronze medals were won by Theo Goodfellow, 15 years boys, in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke. Theo also had a 5th place finish in the 50m Breaststroke. These were Theo’s first National Medals
Just missing out on two medals was Stephanie Strang, 17/18 years girls, who finished 4th in the 50m Butterfly, losing out to Erin McDonald, of Thurso, by 2 tenths of a second and although she finished 5th in the 50m Freestyle she was even closer to a medal losing out to Zoe MacDonald, of Milngavie and Bearsden by just 5 one hundredths of a second and in between just 4 one hundredths in front was Sophie Stables, City of Coventry. One consolation for Stephanie in her 50m Butterfly was that she set a new Fins Club Record of 29.86 seconds, beating her own previous record of 30.54 seconds which she set at the Scottish National Open Championships in Aberdeen on 1 July this year. Stephanie also finished 6th in the 50m Backstroke and was 1st reserve for the final of the 100m Butterfly.
Claire Thomson, 16 years girls, finished in 7th place in the 200m Butterfly and 8th in the 400m Individual Medley.
Catherine Comrie, 17/18 girls, finished 8th in both the 50m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley and was 2nd reserve for the final of the 200m Breaststroke.
The remaining swimmer to make a final was Sam Lewis, 16 years boys, who was 8th in the 100m Breaststroke and was 2nd reserve for the final of the 50m Breaststroke.
That is the domestic programme over for the first part of the year, except for Arran Stowe who will be competing in a number of Open Water Events, including the Scottish Open Water Championships, and the swimmers who will be part of the Fife Olympiad Team in Boblingen, Germany later this month.
Fins’ swimmers who make up the 24-strong swim team are:
Girls – Catherine Comrie, Claire Thomson, Caitlyn Dodds, Megan Ovens, Eireann Comrie.
Boys – Euan Pate, Callum Macdonald, Sam Lewis, Theo Goodfellow, Michael Strang.
Updated 2017-12-01 05:26:46 by Ken White