Tal­ented Ruther­glen swim­mers rule in pool

Club mem­bers break records at two meets

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

The Ruther­glen Am­a­teur Swim­ming Club had two busy week­ends and many per­sonal best times were bro­ken.

At Larkhall, the South La­nark­shire De­vel­op­ment Meet saw PBs ac­com­plished out of 39 swims.

There were also five first places. In the 100 back 10 and un­der and 200 free 10 and un­der, Madi­son McCal­lum took two golds.

There were also golds for Leona McQuee­nie in the fe­male 50 back 10 and un­der, Ross McGhee in the male 50 back 10 and un­der and Vic­to­ria Mein in the 100 fly 11 year old cat­e­gory.

Two se­cond places were achieved by Vic­to­ria Mein in the 100 breast and Joachim Fairweather in the 100 fly 12 year olds.

At the Bell­shill meet that co­in­cided with the Larkhall com­pe­ti­tion, many of the swim­mers were com­pet­ing for Scot­tish na­tional age group (SNAG) times and a num­ber of them were achieved.

In all there were 93 swims with 49 top six places, 51 PBs and one first swim.

Blair Kennedy won 11 medals and Sam Sab­har­wal took home five.

There was good fight­ing from Theo Mon­teith who won three medals.

It also turned out to be a sad oc­ca­sion as Hazel Les­lie per­formed in her last races for the club.

Her win in the 200 fly and sub 30 sec­onds for the 50 free will be a last­ing mem­ory, along with four 15 years’ club records. Ruther­glen also trav­elled to the Carnegie Meet at Glen­rothes, Fife.

In all, the club had 93 swims, 38 of which were top six placed. How­ever, there were 17 firsts, a num­ber of those taken in the fi­nals with 54 per­sonal bests also achieved.

Ruther­glen’s points to­tal was a clear third be­hind Carnegie and Dundee Aquat­ics who both have mem­ber­ships that are dou­ble the size of Ruther­glen’s.

Ethan Horn won the best boy in the 13-14 age group with four first places, a se­cond and three third places.

But it was Elise McQuee­nie who had the most wins with five as well as a se­cond in the 200 freestyle.

And the places came thick and fast with four wins, five sec­onds and three thirds from Mor­gan Carmichael who was per­form­ing close to her best.

Chris Perce­val- Maxwell, Jo­hann Fawcett, Jori Horn and Louise Bradley all won golds.

Chris won a cred­i­ble five sil­vers, Fin­lay Eas­ton with a sil­ver and a bronze and Jori a bronze.

Some of the per­for­mances that did not get medals were just as re­mark­able.

Elise Fawcett took huge chunks of time off ev­ery­thing she did, par­tic­u­larly in the 400 freestyle in which she dropped nearly 17 sec­onds.

Sim­i­larly, Sophie Bestwick, who has al­ready got her SNAG times, is train­ing hard and swim­ming through th­ese events de­spite be­ing very tired.

Rona Eas­ton also achieved a good per­sonal best in the 200 breast­stroke and Aye­sha McDon­ald con­sis­tently dropped her PBs in al­most ev­ery­thing, par­tic­u­larly in front crawl.

Calum Gowran was dis­ap­pointed in not break­ing the minute for the 100 free de­spite a huge ef­fort how­ever, Find­lay Eas­ton was de­lighted to do so af­ter a num­ber of close at­tempts.

Bro­gan McCal­lum also had some good swims too, get­ting close to her PBs.

Jo­hann Fawcett has been fly­ing re­cently and con­tin­ues to put in some very good per­for­mances and per­sonal bests.

Coach Lind­say Young, said: “We are de­lighted with the way our swim­mers are re­spond­ing at the mo­ment and look­ing for­ward to the Scot­tish na­tional age groups at the end of next month.”

We are de­lighted with the way our swim­mers are re­spond­ing at the mo­ment

Mak­ing a splash Ruther­glen Swim­ming Club mem­bers did well at re­cent meets

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.