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Carnegie Open Spring Meet

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Another tremendous weekend of swimming from our swimmers saw 28 new lifetime bests set, two gold medals to Lewis, a Bronze to Cameron and 50m event finals from Lewis, Murdo, Charlotte and Hannah. 50m events were held as heats and finals and all other races were heat declared winners (HDW). Info Sheet – Carnegie Open Spring Meet

Murdo had a super weekend making the finals of the 50m Breast and Fly setting PB’s in both. In his 100m Fly he picked up a SNAGS (Scottish National Age-Groups) consideration time, so fingers crossed he gets a swim in Glasgow at the end of March. All of his swims were improvements on his entry time. Charlotte too picked up a couple of final swims, in the 50m Breast and Back. In the Backstroke final she set a SNAGS qualifying time, so she is guaranteed a swim in this stroke next month. She made excellent improvements to her 50m Free and Fly times too.

This was the first major gala for Callum and he smiled before, during and after every race. A clean sweep of PB’s in all of his races shows why he is one of the Bronze + team. A move to Silver Squad beckons if he keeps up this run of super training and racing!! Cameron had three races on Saturday and set fabulous times in each one. His 200m Free in particular saw him on electric form setting a great time and picking up third place. His 400m time was very close to the club record (held by Ollie Carter) and I’m sure Cameron will be targeting it again as the season goes on.

Connor swam on Saturday too and put in a decent performance in his 400m Free to set a time close to his entry. In his 200m Free he set a new lifetime best. Connor is training well at the moment and I’ve no doubt that his times will tumble across the board as the season progresses. Eve produced a marvellous 200m Free swim on the Saturday taking over ten-seconds off her time in one of the best swims of the weekend from our club swimmers. She was grinning from ear-to-ear when she got out of the water, so I didn’t need to ask her how she felt.

10-yr-old Hannah enjoyed a wonderful weekend of competition. She made the final of the 50m Breast despite being one of the youngest in her age-group setting a super new PB. In her 200m Breast she took off a whopping 20 seconds. In her 200m Free and Back she made improvements too, leading to her securing two more DRP times for next season. Just one more neededJ. Lewis too enjoyed an extremely good weekend, picking up gold medals in his number one stroke as well as setting new PB’s in his Freestyle 200/400 and Backstroke 200 too. His Backstroke swim in particular was raced extremely well, displaying excellent underwater skills and turns at the wall.

DRP – District Regional Programme – A programme of three training days presented by a national coach followed, potentially, by selection to a national stroke camp day to train with the best young swimmers from across Scotland. This year both Adam Young and Scarlett Ferris have been selected to national stroke camp. My thanks again to Jacqui, Karen and Jane for their assistance over the weekend and to our parents who supported the event as timekeepers/judges.


Mark Laing, Head Coach, Cupar and District Swimming Club.

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