Water great performance by swim kids
Rutherglen Swimming Club were celebrating after picking up five medals — including two golds — at the Scottish Open Water Swimming Championships.
A South Lanarkshire team of four Rutherglen swimmers also took the bronze at the Loch Venachar venue in the 4x500 Mixed Open Age Group relay, despite being up against much older athletes.
Johann Fawcett picked up the first gold of the day in the 13/14 boys’contest over 2km.
He saw off the challenge of club-mate Ethan Horn, who picked up a silver.
Louise Bradley earned top prize in the girls’1km under-12s age group.
She was followed home by Amy McGhee, who made it a second Rutherglen one-two of the day.
Sophie Bestwick also picked up a gong, winning silver in the girls’ 13/14-year-old 2km race, despite still only being 12 years old. Her time was the best of any Rutherglen swimmer on the day
and would surely have resulted in a gold had she not been up against Keanna McInness of the Hearts club.
Findlay Easton, who wasn’t fully fit having just returned from holiday, didn’t pick up a medal in the boys’2km, but he put in a gutsy swim against experienced open-water racers.
The last race of the day saw Rutherglen narrowly pipped to the silver medal in the 4x500m race, but given the composite age of their team was only 49 compared with over 60 for the rest.
Ethan Horn led the team off and when he passed over to Sophie Bestwick, they were sitting second.
Sophie stormed into a 30-second lead, then Louise Bradley managed to retain that position before Johann Fawcett started the anchor leg.
Johann was up against swimmers much older than him but managed to hold on to third position, behind Grangemouth and REN 96.
A spokesperson for the club said:“It is not often you see that level of excitement on the shore in open water swimming and it was a fitting conclusion to a fine day.”
In the lead Stevan McAleer
Relay great effort Ethan Horn, Sophie Bestwick, Louise Bradley and Johann Fawcett won bronze for South Lanarkshire