Round two of the Fife Leagues saw swimmers from Cupar and District Swimming Club travel to Glenrothes to take part in another thrilling gala. Racing started with individual events, with 100m Backstroke the first stroke up. In the 11-14yrs category all of the girls swam fantastic lifetime bests, with 10-yr-old Eve Hewitt, in her first ever Fife Leagues gala, taking over eight-seconds off her entry time. 16-yr-old Nicola Howat finished 2nd in her age group after a strong swim in her heat. Cameron Paterson and Max Innes swam strongly in the boy’s event also setting new personal bests both placing 2nd in their age groups.
The 100m Breaststroke saw excellent swims from Rhiannon Laing and Ellen McQuilton setting impressive new times. 11-yr-old Murdo Denholm swam really well and placed 1st in his age group. 15-yr-old Ben Levy swam strongly to win his heat and take over seven seconds off and place 4th overall.
The 100m Butterfly had all four girls, Lucy Robertson, Lindsay Moncrieff, Rona Moss and Millie Buchan all setting personal bests with 11-yr-old Rona Moss taking a whopping 12 seconds off her previous time. Euan Baillie finished 3rd in his age group and Oliver Carter and Adam Young finishing 2nd in their respective age groups.
In the 100m Freestyle the club had eight swimmers racing who incredibly set a clean sweep of new personal best times with Kirsten Smith and Kerri Stalker particularly impressive taking ten and nine seconds off respectively. Kirsten was last season’s most improved girl swimmer in Fife galas. Both Findlay and Lewis Baillie swam new times and placed 3rd and 2nd respectively in their age groups. 15-yr-old Megan Wilson, who was club ‘Swimmer of the Month’ in February, swam a fabulous race in a time of 1.07.72 to set a new PB placing third overall in what was a thrilling race.
The nominated distance swim this time was the 200m Breaststroke with six swimmers racing. 11-yr-old Louise Moncrieff set things going with a six-second PB placing 5th followed by Kirstin Bousie who also swam a lifetime best race to place 4th in her age group. Findlay Baillie finished 1st in his age group and older brother Lewis in 2nd place following on from their Scottish Schools Finals races the previous week. On form Ben Levy finished off the individual swims with an outstanding race in the 200m Breaststroke taking almost 20 seconds off his time to place overall.
The gala finished with a round of Freestyle relays in which Cupar had entered six relay squads. The fastest time for a Cupar team went to the team of Harris Wingfield-Hayes, Nicola Howat, Euan Baillie and Ben Levy in a very respectable time of 2.06.28.
The attitude and commitment was first class from everyone with support given by swimmers to their team mates throughout the day. My thanks to Karen Baillie and Mark McQuilton for their help poolside and to Eric Young for officiating on behalf of the club.
The next Fife Leagues event is at Carnegie Swimming Pool on Sunday 27th April J
Mark Laing – Lead Coach, Cupar and District Swimming Club