Wa­ter great per­for­mance by swim kids

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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

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