Busy time for Lochaber swim­mers

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

JAN­UARY and Fe­bru­ary have been busy months for the mem­bers of the Lochaber Leisure Cen­tre swim team.

Highland swim team tri­als re­sults:

First list of new club records for girls 11 years old: Evie-Jay 100m front crawl (F/c), 100 and 200 back crawl (B/c), 100m breast­stroke (Br), 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley (IM). 12 years old: Poppy 200 B/c and Alice-Ann, 200 Br. 13 years old: Jenna 100,200 and 400m F/c, 100 B/c, 200 Br.

14 years old: Siob­han 100 and 200m F/c, 200m but­ter­fly, Mil­lie 100 B/c, 100 and 200m Br, 100 and 400m IM. 15 years old: Aimee 100 and 200m Br, 100 and 200 Fly, 100, 200 and 400m IM 100 B/c.

Boys nine and un­der: Sean 100 F/c and 100m B/c. 10 years old: Alex 100 F/c, 100 Br.

12 years old: Kai 100 and 200m B/c. Indigo 200 Br. 13 years old: Alis­tair (Ard­na­mur­chan) 200m F/c and Br. Gabriel, 200 B/c. 15 years old: Lyall (Ard­na­mur­chan) 100 and 200m Br , 400m F/c. Jack 100 and 200m B/c, 100 and 200 IM.

Scot­tish Schools Cham­pi­onships – East Kil­bride:

Evie-Jay (In­ver­lochy Pri­mary) fin­ished fourth in the 50m back crawl in the 12 and un­der age group. She was ini­tially placed third on the elec­tronic score­board only to be sud­denly rel­e­gated to fourth by the small­est of mar­gins of 0.1s.

Aimee (Lochaber High) had two mag­nif­i­cent swims in fin­ish­ing fifth in the 100m breast­stroke and sixth in the 200m breast­stroke.

These are the high­est ever plac­ings by lo­cal girl swim­mers in this long-stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

A spokesper­son for the club said: ‘This was an­other mas­sive step for­ward for the club, hav­ing our swim­mers qual­i­fy­ing for this com­pe­ti­tion is an achieve­ment in it­self but to come away with these three re­sults is sim­ply re­mark­able.’

North District Cham­pi­onships Aberdeen:

Jenna McLean won a sil­ver medal in the 100m front crawl, fin­ished sixth in the 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley, 11th in the 50m breast­stroke and fin­ished fifth in the 400m front crawl.

Evie- Jay man­aged a fourth place fin­ish in the 200m back crawl and 12th in the 50m breast­stroke.

Mil­lie, al­though she only en- tered as 15th fastest swim­mer in her 100m breast­stroke, man­aged to qual­ify for the fi­nal be­fore los­ing out in a close fin­ish to fin­ish sixth, only 0.5s be­hind the bronze medal­list.

The only boy in attendance was Lyall, who de­spite hav­ing a club record break­ing 50m front crawl swim, has not got the re­sults he has de­served for all his re­cent hard work.

Aimee, fin­ish­ing third place in the 200m breast­stroke a full 8s in front of the next swim­mer and what would have been the first North District medal, was later dis­qual­i­fied for twitch­ing on the start­ing blocks, a mi­nor of­fence but still one which car­ries a dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion. She also missed out on rac­ing in the same heat as Han­nah Miley in­stead swim­ming a heat apart, maybe next time.

Siob­han moved up al­most 20 places from her en­try time in her favourite race the 100m front crawl.

The youngest swim­mer on the day, Danni is con­tin­u­ing to im­prove with ev­ery swim and is def­i­nitely as tal­ented as her older sis­ter Jenna.

Jenna McLean with her medal. Abright­side Photography.

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