Mak­ing a splash

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Ruther­glen Am­a­teur Swimming Club have en­joyed some suc­cess.

There was a tremen­dous per­for­mance, both in the pre­lim­i­nary three rounds, and the fi­nal at Ayr Ci­tadel ear­lier this month for the club’s young­sters, in the Clyde Coast League.

The ma­jor­ity of the large clubs in south west Scot­land take part in this se­ries ev­ery year. This year there were 14 clubs in all, with swim­mers aged from eight to 11 years.

Third place is the Ruther­glen’s best-ever po­si­tion ever. It shows the strength and abil­ity of the club, be­ing one of the smaller ones in the league, who were up against many clubs with a far greater mem­ber­ship.

The club has con­tin­ued a steady growth over the last 10 years and is now recog­nised as pro­duc­ing some great young age group swim­mers. It is one of the six clubs that form South La­nark­shire Swimming which, at na­tional level, is now chal­leng­ing to be the top age group club in Scot­land.

There were some tremen­dous in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances, but it was the team, and par­tic­u­larly the re­lays, that made a dif­fer­ence.

One of the big changes in this year’s cam­paign was the per­for­mance of the boys. In re­cent years the girls have led the way but this year, with some im­prove­ment still needed, the boys scored much bet­ter.

Head coach Lind­say Young said:“The whole club are de­lighted at the progress made this year de­spite the loss of a very strong 11-year-olds age group af­ter 2014.

“Af­ter last year we did not ex­pect to end up so strong this year, but hard work and team build­ing both from swim­mers and com­mit­ted par­ents helped make this hap­pen, not to for­get the coaches.

“We will be look­ing for more eight-year-olds to join the club and pre­pare for next year’s com­pe­ti­tion, par­tic­u­larly boys. We also want to strengthen the ex­ist­ing squad, mainly by even bet­ter prepa­ra­tion next year.”

The third place tro­phy was col­lected by the team’s old­est girl and boy who will not be able to take part next year, Rona Eas­ton and Jakub Bron­ski.

The best PB of the day went to Theo Mon­teith in the 100m back­stroke. The tough­est swim of the day, Jori Horn at 100m fly, saw the nine-yearold swimming an 11-year-old’s race.

High­est scor­ing swim­mer was Mad­di­son McCal­lum, win­ning all her events and re­lays, ex­cept one.

Well done

Ruther­glen Am­a­teur Swimming Club have had some tremen­dous re­sults and are pic­tured with coach Lind­say Young

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