Suc­cess for leisure cen­tre swim­mers

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THE LOCHABER Leisure Cen­tre swim­mers have been busy over the last few months com­pet­ing at the Scottish Na­tional Age group event (SNAGS) in Aberdeen, long dis­tance swims in Stir­ling and the club’s own monthly time gala.

At the SNAGS, five of the swim­mers com­peted among the top swim­mers in Scot­land. There were around 900 other swim­mers tak­ing part

Mil­lie Jack­son did very well, fin­ish­ing 13th over­all in her age group in the 50m breast­stroke.

Aimee MacKay made it through to all three fi­nals for her events, mak­ing her the first in the club to make it to Scottish fi­nals. She acheived fifth place in the 100m breast­stroke, sixth in the 50m breast­stroke and sev­enth in the 200m breast­stroke. She also achieved two new club records with her times.

Poppy Valen­tine com­peted in two back crawl swims, gain­ing a new club record in the 50m event and plac­ing at 12th and 21st re­spec­tively for the 13-year- old age group.

Jenna MacLean was also com­pet­ing in the 13-year- old age group over the five days. She was the club’s sec­ond swim­mer to make it to the fi­nals and set new club records for the 50m, 200m and 400m front crawl.

Her rank­ings are ninth, 12th, 14th and 45th in Scot­land.

Evie-Jay Clark was the youngest of the club’s com­peti­tors at 11 years old, com­pet­ing against the 13-year- olds.

She com­peted in 50, 100 and 200m back crawl and gained sixth, sev­enth and ninth place fin­shes against her own age group.

Over­all, the Lochaber Swim­mers to­talled an im­pres­sive 12 top 15 places in the event.

In the long dis­tance swim meet in Stir­ling, Siob­han Gor­don com­peted in three swims - 200m, 400m and 800m. She took more than 20 sec­onds off her en­try time and fin­ished third in her first 800m race.

She achieved an­other per­sonal best in the 400m race, pick­ing up a new club record and bronze medal along the way.

The monthly time trial brought some more great re­sults. There were 50 per­sonal bests, nine age group records and three new club short course records.

Jenna MacLean be­came the first lo­cal to break the 30-sec­ond bar­rier, achiev­ing a new club record front crawl and achieved a new club record for 200m back­crawl and an age group record for 200m breast stroke.

Wil­liam Cann set a new club record for 50m front crawl and took 11 sec­onds off his 200m I.M and 24 sec­onds off his 200m breast stroke times.

New age group records were set by Evie-Jay Clark and Cait­lyn MacGil­l­vary with both girls beat­ing their pre­vi­ous 200m breast stroke times, and by Poppy Valen­tine in the 200m I.M and Siob­han Gor­don in the 50m front crawl. Sean Cann got an age group record (nine years) for 50m front and Indigo (12 years) for the 200m breast stroke. Per­sonal bests were achieved by Indigo (200m breast stroke), Iona (200m breast stroke), Rachel


(200m back crawl) and Natalie (200m breast stroke).

The swim­mers have a busy sched­ule ahead with com­pe­ti­tions in In­ver­ness, Al­loa, Ed­in­burgh and Aberdeen.

Pho­tos: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

SNAG Swi­im­mers, left to right, Aimee MacKay, Mil­lie Jack­son, Jenna MacLean, Poppy Valen­tine, Evie-Jay Clark.

Swim team cap­tains Con­nor Cann and Siobahn Gor­don.

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