Around 75% of our swims produced lifetime bests, with the greatest overall improvement going to Oliver Goad in his 200m Freestyle
The penultimate Fife League Meet allowed many of our swimmers to showcase their improvements across all of the strokes. 9-yr-old Sophie started the afternoon with a club record (subject to ratification) in the 100m Backstroke which was a great way to start the day. Amy Spencer (Silver Squad Swimmer of the Month for April) picked up a 4 second PB in her swim. The three lads then went on to set excellent times in the 100m Backstroke races, with Adam Young winning a flash and setting one of the fastest times in the country this year in his age group. Charlotte, Kirsten and Albert all swam excellent new PB times in the 100m Breaststroke.
In the 100m Fly, Scarlett, unaware we was just about to swim downed a large banana and block of jelly to find herself in the water a few minutes later. She swam confidently enough and had the good grace to throw up in the toilets and not the pool. Murdo, Ollie Goad and Lewis produced spanking swims in their heats and Lewis is now only a few seconds away from a club record time. Eve, Louise and Findlay all swam well in the 100m Freestyle, with Eve only narrowly missing out on her Bronze Squad selection time to the DRP (District Regional Programme). The breaststroke 200’s were a bit up and down with Sophie, still only nine, swimming a very creditable time over eight lengths. Murdo, who qualified for the nationals at 100m Breaststroke, sliced a huge chunk off his 200m time whilst Lewis swam a confident race but described after the race feeling stiff and slow during the turns.
The day finished with a massive number of swimmers competing in the 200m Freestyle. Ten out of twelve produced lifetime best swims with Eve, Ollie Goad, Kirsten and Albert all taking over 20 seconds off their previous bests. Adam Young swam a marvellous race to place himself third fastest Scottish 12-yr-old this year. A fantastic tussle between Ellen and Louise, saw Louise win by just 0.03 of a second although Ellen enjoyed the greatest improvement in time. Both Scarlett and Eve had a good go at getting their DRP times and were not far off. Future swims will see them both swim even faster I don’t doubt.
Freestyle 200m performance is a good indicator of how a club are progressing and these performances indicate that swimming with Cupar, and for some with NEF too, is proving a positive road to success. My thanks to Jacqui Houston for her support poolside as team manager and to all of the parents who took on the role of officials during the afternoon session and helped the gala be a success for all Fife clubs.
We have a busy few weeks coming up with swimmers at the East District Grand Prix, the InCAS Distance Meet and DCA Stars of the Future just to name a few events. Ollie Carter and Lewis Baillie continue their regimen of hard training/racing to achieve times to allow them to be selected to the national events coming up in June/July/August this year.
Mark Laing – Head Coach – Cupar and District Swimming Club – 18th May, 2015