Open Water + Dunedin Challenge

Arran Stowe was in action last Saturday in the final Open Water event of the year. He was down at Loch Ken, Dumfries and Galloway to compete in the Scottish West District Open Water Championships.
Arran had two swims and again was very successful, winning a silver and a bronze medal. His silver came in the 2K race while the bronze was in the 4K race. 
Following the event the final Grand Prix positions were published with Arran in 4th place in the senior men’s category.
On the Saturday and Sunday Fins Junior Squad Coach, Iain MacDonald, took some of his squad plus a few from the Development squad to the Dunedin Challenge Meet held at the Xcite Pool in Bathgate. He was very pleased with the performances of the fourteen swimmers who took part and considering that they are recently back in training following the school holidays the improvement rate of 88% was much greater than expected. Five swimmers won a total of 15 medals consisting of 8 gold, 3 silver, and 4 bronze and one swimmer set a new meet record and was awarded female swimmer of the meet. These swimmers, along with 4 other swimmers, gained a further 24 top ten finishes.
There was a large entry for the meet, mainly consisting of clubs from the Central Belt but in addition Tain, Inverness, Nairn, and Dyce also had swimmers competing.
There was no doubt who was the top swimmer for Fins over the weekend and that was 10 year old Esme Lee. 9 swims, 9 medals, 7 gold and two bronze, 8 PBs, but the swim that was just a tenth of a second outside still resulted in a win. Esme also set a new meet record for the 8 to 10 years age group 100m Breaststroke of 1 minute 30.80 seconds and was awarded female swimmer of the meet which covered all age groups.
Esme’s gold medals were won in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke; 50m and 100m Backstroke; 50m and 100m Butterfly; and the 100m Individual Medley. Her bronze medals were in the 50m and 100m Freestyle.
Fins other gold medal was won by Peter Strong, 13/14 boy’s, in the 50m Butterfly. Peter was showing good signs of improvement prior to the break and continued that trend at the weekend. He won a complete set of medals, taking the silver in the 100m Individual Medley and the bronze in the 50m Backstroke. Peter just missed out on a second bronze finishing 4th in the 100m Breaststroke. He also gained a 5th place in the 100m Freestyle.
Ben Lewis, 13/14 boys, won silver in the 200m Freestyle. He also had two 5th place finishes in the 100m Backstroke and 100m Individual Medley; and a 7th place in the 100m Breaststroke.
The remaining silver medal was won by Kimberley McCabe, 15/O girls, in the 200m Breaststroke. She also finished 5th in the 100m Individual Medley; 6th in the 50m Breaststroke; 7th in the 50m Butterfly; and 8th in the 100m Breaststroke.
The final medal, a bronze, was won by Bethany Michie, 15/O girls, in the 200m Breaststroke. She also finished 9th in the 100m Breaststroke; and 10th in both the 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle.
The remaining top ten finishes were:
Blair Wardlaw, 13/14 boys, 4th – 200m Individual Medley; 5th – 100m Butterfly; 6th – 100m Backstroke; 7th – 100m Individual Medley and 200m Freestyle; 9th – 100m Freestyle.
Mark Scott, 11/12 boys, 6th – 100m Breaststroke and 200m Freestyle.
Finn Doherty, 8 to 10 boys, 8th – 50m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke
Stewart Payne, 11/12 boys, 9th – 50m Butterfly
The largest improvement came from Ben Lewis, who reduced his 100m Individual Medley by 10.94 seconds. The next three top improvers were:
Blair Wardlaw, who reduced his 200m Individual Medley by 8.98 seconds
Stewart Payne, who reduced his 50m Butterfly by 6.24 seconds, and
Esme Lee who reduce her 50m Freestyle by 6.21 seconds.
The remaining five swimmers who just failed to make a top ten finish were – Emma Lorrainsmith (11/12); Eve Goodfellow (13/14); Hannah Payne (13/14); Grant Wardlaw (11/12); and Ana Doherty (11/12)
Updated 2017-12-01 05:32:41 by Ken White