The first Fife Leagues Gala saw our swimmers produce a 70% personal best success rate overall. Rowan picked up two personal bests and is hoping to return to training soon. Abigail produced two fine performances picking up a large PB in her 100m Backstroke. Lewis stuck in a solid swim in the 50m Backstroke to PB in what was a very fast heat. Cameron set an excellent PB in the 100m Backstroke taking off nearly seven-seconds. Oliver Goad, fresh from his success at Aberdeen, produced a cracking 100m Backstroke swim too, taking off over three-seconds.
Katie picked up PB’s in both her races very much to her surprise. Corrie crept ever closer to her SNAGS (Scottish National Age-Groups) time in the 100m Breaststroke setting a good new time as well as breaking 40 seconds in the 50m Fly. Eve, an ever improving breaststroker, swam a new PB in the 100m Breast and was close to her entry time in the 50m Fly.
Findlay produced a PB in his 100m Breaststroke race which is his first improvement for a while in that stroke and was delighted with his effort. Adam Young produced a stormer of a swim and picked up a qualifying time for SNAGS as well as an excellent PB. Charlotte swimming both 100 and 50m Fly, enjoyed a good time in the 100 but missed out on a PB in the 50m.
Kirstin Bousie, enjoying a rest from swimming whilst we train elsewhere, showed that her determination to succeed is still strong, producing lifetime best swims in the 100m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke. Kirsten Smith too enjoyed a super swim in the 100m Free taking a massive nine-seconds off and went on to swim well in the 50m too where she also PB’d. Super dynamo Scarlett swam a quick 100m free taking over six-seconds off and followed that up with a Pb in the 50m back too.
Oliver Carter was determined to set a new PB for the 100m Freestyle, and that’s exactly what he did in the fastest heat of the day. Murdo, buzzing from his medal successes on Saturday was still on top form swimming a sub 1.10 in the 100m Free and a new PB (just a little one) in the 50m back. Connor too swam the same events and picked up PB’s in both which meant the boys were flushed with their afternoons success and happy as kites.
Alexandrea was back competing for the first time in ages, with everyone pleased that her injury has abated enough to allow her to race again. Whilst not hitting a PB in the 50m Backstroke, she swam well and it was lovely to see her back in the water competing again. Lindsay, racing the 50m Backstroke, showed her quality underwater work at the starts and turns and was rewarded with a sub-40-second time and a new PB.
Overall this was a successful day for many of our swimmers. For those who did not PB, there is always the next time when we return to Glenrothes on Sunday 8th March for round two.
My thanks to the parents who helped poolside as timekeepers and judges as well as to Alan Cousins and Wendy Hay who helped organise things during the gala.
Cupar and District Swimming Club