Scottish National Open Championships and Fife Leagues
Fins’ swimmers were in action over the last two weekends or, to be more precise, six swimmers qualified for the Scottish National Open Championships, which were held at the Tollcross Park Leisure Centre in Glasgow, and ran from Thursday morning through to Sunday evening. Many of the Commonwealth Games swimmers from both north and south of the border were participating.
There were no age groups at this event and Fins’ top finish came from 16 year old Arran Stowe in the 800m Freestyle, where he finished in 12th place overall.
It was English swimmers who dominated the meet with their tally of 21 gold, 19 silver and 17 bronze medals against Scottish swimmers’ tally of 12, 12 and 15 respectively. Even Ross Murdoch had to settle for silver in the 200m Breaststroke, the event he won at the Commonwealth Games.
It was, however, an excellent experience for the swimmers to compete at this level. Fins swimmers who qualified, in addition to Arran, were Claire Thomson, Rachel Brisbane, Greg Turner, Kieran Pate and Kyle Pate.
The previous Sunday was a local event when the postponed 3rd round of the Fife Leagues were held at the Michael Woods Centre in Glenrothes.
22 swimmers participated in this event in a total of 39 swims and all 22 swimmers had a least one top eight finish. 14 of the swimmers finished in the top three places and this included 7 first, 7 second and 5 third places. The swimmers also recorded a very respectable 67% improvement rate.
The details of the results are:
Greg Turner, 15/O boys, 1st – in both the 100m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley.
Kyle Pate, 15/O boys, 1st – in both the 100m Breaststroke and 200m Backstroke.
Arran Stowe, 15/O boys, 1st – 100m Freestyle; 2nd – 200m Backstroke.
Rachel Brisbane, 15/O girls, 1st – 100m Breaststroke; 4th – 200m Individual Medley
Claire Thomson, 13/14 girls, 1st – 100m Freestyle.
Callum Macdonald, 13/14 boys, 2nd – 100m Butterfly; 3rd – 200m Individual Medley.
Kieran Pate, 15/O boys, 3rd – 100m Butterfly; 3rd – 200m Individual Medley.
Lucy Brice, 13/14 girls, 2nd – 100m Butterfly; 4th – 200m Individual Medley.
Sam Lewis, 13/14 boys, 2nd – 100m Backstroke; 4th 200m Backstroke.
Jessica Macleod, 9/10 girls, 2nd – 50m Backstroke; 5th – 100m Individual Medley
Peter Scott, 11/12 boys, 2nd – 100m Freestyle; 7th – 200m Individual Medley.
Kiara Mackay, 15/O girls, 3rd – 100m Butterfly; 4th – 200m Backstroke.
James Gray, 15/O boys, 3rd – 100m Breaststroke; 7th – 200m Individual Medley
Lauren Kerr, 15/O girls, 3rd – 100m Backstroke.
Kirsty Davis, 13/14 girls, 4th – 100m Backstroke.
Euan Pate, 15/O boys, 4th – 100m Freestyle
Ben Lewis, 11/12 boys, 5th in both the 100m and 200m Backstroke.
Gavin McWhinnie, 13/14 boys, 5th – 100m Freestyle; 6th – 200m Backstroke
Sophie Hill, 15/O girls, 6th – 100m Freestyle
Iain McWhinnie, 13/14 boys, 7th – 100m Breaststroke
Georgia Annan, 11/12 girls, 8th – 100m Breaststroke.
Emma Hand, 13/14 girls, 8th – 100m Breaststroke.
Top improvement came from Sophie Hill reducing her 200m Individual Medley time by 17.55 seconds which was still not quite good enough to make a top eight finish.
The next two best improvements came from Gavin McWhinnie who reduced his 100m Freestyle by 7.85 seconds and Rachel Brisbane who reduced her 200m Individual Medley time by 6.78 seconds.