Katie leads the best in the west

Ayrshire Post - - SPORTS - Mike Wil­son

Fif­teen South Ayr­shire Swim Team mem­bers won 19 medals and recorded 21 PBs from 50 swims at the West Dis­trict Se­nior Age Group Cham­pi­onships.

Six­teen- year- old Katie Robert­son won the 16 years and over 100 Free, 100 Back­stroke, 400 IM and 400 Freestyle. Here best per­for­mance came in the 400 Free were she took just over 13 sec­onds off her pre­vi­ous best.

In the same age group, 17- year- old girls cap­tain Caitlin Duffy was run­nerup in the 400 and 100 Freestyle.

Beth Gor­don was run­ner- up in the 100 But­ter­fly and had a PB in the 800 free where she was third.

Sev­en­teen- year- old boys’ team cap­tain David Rowan was third in the 200 Breast­stroke and fourth in 100. In the girls’ Breast­stroke, Lorna Thomp­son fin­ished fourth in the 200 and sixth in the 100.

Os­car Smil­lie showed his ver­sa­til­ity with sil­vers in the 15 years 200 IM and 200 Freestyle while also se­cur­ing third spot in the 100 Breast­stroke. The Breast and IM were life­time bests.

Han­nah Young, 15, fin­ished sec­ond in the 400 free and fifth in the 100.

So­phie Cameron was a well- earned third in the 15 years 200 back­stroke and was fourth in the 100 Back and 400 Free.

In the 14 years group, Vic­to­ria McCormick made the podium four times with sec­ond in the 200 Back­stroke and IM and bronze for the 100 Back­stroke and 400 Freestyle. Both the IM and 400 were im­pres­sive PBs for this time of the sea­son.

Fast im­prov­ing Ross Erentz took bronze in the 14 years 200 Breast­stroke with 10 sec­ond im­prove­ment. Lewis Hammond’s im­pres­sive per­sonal best times placed him just out of the medals with fourth in the 14 years 100 fly and 200 back.

John Hous­ton in the 16 & over 200IM and Matthew Gor­don in the 14 years 200 back­stroke both fin­ished sixth with PBs. More life­time bests came from Fraser Col­lier, 16, with four sec­onds off in the 400IM and 14- year- old Criag steel with a sec­ond im­prove­ment in the 200 back­stroke.

All the swim­mers re­turned from a week’s train­ing camp in Fuerteven­tura four days prior. The heavy sched­uled days in­cluded morn­ing swim train­ing, land train­ing, gym strength ses­sions, an evening swim ses­sion and plenty of team ac­tiv­i­ties.

The 24 swim­mers worked hard on the camp which will con­trib­ute hugely to build­ing a solid foun­da­tion for the rest of the 2017- 2018 sea­son.

South Ayr­shire Swim Team thank Caldera Spas for their sup­port spon­sor­ing the camp kit which con­trib­uted to keep­ing costs down.

Splash stars Back: Caitlin Duff, Katie Robert­son, So­phie Cameron, Lewis Hammond, Ross Erentz, David Rowan. Front: Vic­to­ria McCormick, Han­nah Young, Beth Gor­don, John Hous­ton, Fraser Col­lier and Os­car Smil­lie

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