EDAG Rnd. 2

Fins got 2018 off to a successful start when 18 swimmers competed in the 2nd Round of the Scottish East District Age Group Championships, held at the Michael Woods Centre, Glenrothes, last Saturday and Sunday.
!4 swimmers competed in 28 individual events while a further four competed in relay events only, mainly because they are just returning from illness and chose not to compete in the individual events.
All the events were 200m and the 13 and under age groups were swum as heat declared winner events, while the 14 and over age groups were swum as heats and finals.
The outcome for Fins was that two Scottish East District Age Group Titles were won plus a silver and bronze medal, and a further 10 top ten placings. The swimmers also returned a very acceptable 75% improvement rate.
The two East District Age Group Champions are Esme Lee, 11/12 years girls, and Caitlyn Dodds, 16 years girls.
Caitlyn won the Backstroke Title in a time of 2 minutes 18.99 seconds which is just 0.7 seconds outside Fins Club record. She also just missed out on a second medal by 0.13 seconds when she finished 4th in the Freestyle event. Caitlyn’s time, depending on other results at the weekend, could rank as number three 16 year old girl in Scotland for the 200m Backstroke.
Esme won the Breaststroke Title and did this by recording the largest improvement by a Fins’ swimmer of 9.01 seconds which gave her the Gold medal by just 0.26 seconds. She also finished 7th in both the Butterfly and Backstroke. Esme’s time, similar to Caitlyn, could rank as number one 12 year old girl in Scotland for the 200m Breaststroke, despite not being 12 until October.
The silver Medal was won by Theo Goodfellow, 16 years boys, in the Breaststroke event. Unfortunately, Theo was unable to repeat his heat time in the final but still did enough to finish comfortably in 2nd place.
The final medal, a bronze, was won by Catherine Comrie, 17 and over girls, again in her Breaststroke event and this was Catherine’s first ever District medal, as she continues to improve. She was also 1st reserve for the final of the Backstroke event.
The remaining top ten placings went to:
Sophie Juskowiak, 13 Girls, who just missed out on a medal finishing 4th in the Breaststroke. Sophie also finished 6th in the Butterfly event.
Mark Scott, 11/12 boys, was 8th in the Breaststroke and 9th in the Freestyle
Michael Strang, 15 years boys, was 1st reserve for the final of the Freestyle.
Arran Stowe, 17 and over boys, was 7th in his heat of the 200m Breaststroke but unfortunately had to withdraw from the final due to illness. This left the final line up consisting of 8 Warrender Baths Club swimmers.
Other notable improvements came from – Sophie Juskowiak who reduced her Breaststroke by 7.35 seconds; Mark Scott, who reduced his Freestyle by 7.19 seconds; and Esme, again, who reduced her Backstroke by 6.82 seconds.
The other swimmers who qualified for the Championship but just missed out on a top ten finish, were – Ben Lewis (14), Sam Lewis (17/O), Euan Pate (17/O), Eireann Comrie (15), Peter Strong (16), and Rhianna Henderson (13).
The relay teams came close to winning medals but were not quite there. The closest was the 13/14 years, Mixed 4x50m Medley, team of Ben Lewis, Sophie Juskowiak, Ne┼ża Dolenc-Luznar, and Blair Wardlaw, who finished in 4th place.
The other two relay teams finished in 5th place and they were the 15/16 years, Mixed 4x50m Medley, team of Caitlyn Dodds, Theo Goodfellow, Michael Strang and Eireann Comrie, and the 17/18 years, Mixed 4x50m Freestyle, team of Catherine Comrie, Claire Thomson, Sam Lewis, and Callum MacDonald.
Updated 2018-02-09 04:06:55 by Ken White