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A small team of swimmers from Cupar and District Swimming Club recently travelled to the excellent venue of The Peak Sports Village in Stirling for the Alloa Open Meet and enjoyed a most successful weekend.

On Saturday, seven swimmers took part in the competition, with everyone producing lifetime personal bests.  Adam Young picked up 3 medals over the course of the day, with a bronze in 50m Butterfly, silver in 200m Backstroke and another silver in 50m Freestyle.

Fifteen year old Thomas Farrell, a full time member of Fife Performance Swim Squad, swam an amazing 2.00.92 on his 200m Freestyle, taking nearly seven seconds off his time and positioning himself as tenth fastest in Scotland in his age group as well as setting a new club record.

Lewis Baillie went one better than last year at his favourite event and struck gold in the 200m Breaststroke with a great swim of 3.04.18, a new personal best and another club record.

In a return to fitness for 12-year old Abby Hay after a period of illness, she swam two distance events and set excellent PBs in both swims.  Catriona Cleary continued her impressive run of PBs this year to take 9 seconds off her 200m Freestyle, moving her almost 20 places up the 200m rankings.  The day finished with ten-year-olds Charlotte Williamson and Lucy Robertson tackling the 200m IM for the first time and setting very creditable times.

Sunday saw another flood of medals with Findlay Baillie picking up silver medals in both the 50m and 200m Breaststroke.  Adam Young collected another two medals with a silver in 50m Backstroke and bronze in 200m Freestyle.

Thomas Farrell competed in the 400m Freestyle winning a silver medal and taking 13 seconds of his time in the process, being narrowly pipped at the post for gold by fellow FPSS swimmer Greg Turner of Burntisland in an extremely thrilling race.

10-year-old Cameron Paterson swam an excellent 50m Backstroke in a race that saw him take almost 7 seconds off his entry time.  The day finished with Findlay Baillie putting in a solid swim in the 200m IM with a PB and narrowly missing out on third place.

Lead Coach Mark Laing was delighted with his team’s performance and said “It is great to see the progress being made by some of our younger swimmers with numerous lifetime bests achieved and medals picked up across all four strokes, setting us up well for our next galas in a fortnight’s time at Carnegie and Olympia swimming pools.  Having Thomas along too was an inspiration to these youngsters.”

New members are always welcome at Cupar & District Swimming Club.  Contact swimmingcdsc@gmail.com or come along to Cupar Sports Centre at 8 am on Saturday for a swimming assessment.


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