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RESULTS OF THE GEORDIE WOTHERSPOON GALA – MICHAEL WOODS CENTRE, GLENROTHES – SUNDAY 14th SEPTEMBER, 2014
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Cupar and District’s finest young swimmers took to the water on Sunday, competing in the Geordie Wotherspoon, which brings together all of the novice league swimmers from earlier in the year. A total of six individual medals were won and fourteen lifetime best swims produced by a team of excited and focussed kids.
Coaches Callum Ellis Morton, Jane Staal and I organised the swimmers for the warm up and races and were treated to some magnificent performances. Jessica MacLeod, soon to start training with Fins in Kirkcaldy, started off the day with a good race in the backstroke, narrowly missing out on a PB. Next up was Kate Dalglish who started strongly and worked her socks off to hold onto second place throughout the race, securing a silver medal for her efforts. Kiera Lorimer, quickly becoming a gala regular, also swam really well and taking over five-seconds off her previous PB. Theo Ellis Morton had watched the girls racing and he too produced a thrilling neck and neck race to just be touched out at the wall but picked up a well-deserved silver medal and a fabulous new PB.
Sophie and Marcel were up next in the 25m Butterfly. Marcel put in a spirited swim making the best improvement of the day by taking over eight seconds off his previous time. Sophie swam very confidently and won her heat by several meters leading to a massive smile and a gold medal too. Hannah Staal and Owen Anderson were both really looking forward to their Freestyle races and they delivered excellent swims setting lifetime bests with Hannah ducking under 20 seconds for the first time.
The older swimmers then took over racing, competing over 50m. Danielle and Amy were first in the water for the backstroke with both setting new PB’s and in a very competitive and thrilling race, Amy picked up the bronze medal having worked her way up from fifth at the turn. Jock then followed, new goggles on, swimming a good race but caught the lane rope with his elbow near the finish which slowed him down, otherwise a PB was very much on the cards. Rowan and Torin then marshalled for the breaststroke with Rowan up first. Looking nervous at the start, she started quickly from the blocks and came up in the lead, a position she held throughout the entire race, finishing well at the wall to secure a gold medal. Torin who has made real improvement in his breaststroke recently swam well in an exciting heat and took almost six-seconds off his previous best.
50m Fly had Grace and Oliver determined to swim well. Grace maintained a regular stroke throughout her heat and was rewarded with a lifetime best swim. Oliver then raced in the most keenly contested race of the day, finishing in third place and winning a bronze medal and setting a PB too. The top three were all within 0.20 seconds of one another!! The last individual events were the 50m Freestyle races where Isla and Inver competed for points. Isla had a confident and only just missed setting a new PB. Inver, always determined to swim at his best, raced in the first heat and put in a stirring race setting a lifetime best swim taking two-seconds off.
The morning finished, as per usual, with the age-group medley relays. First up were our nine and under girls all of whom had raced brilliantly in the heats. The question was, how would they get on as a team? Well, that was answered quickly by an emphatic win with a gap of over six-seconds before the next team finished. Gold medals to all four girls and more delighted smiles. The 10-12yr old girls finished in fourth place with all four pushing themselves really hard. The final race saw our older boys in the water. They too gave 100% and were deserved winners of the bronze medal position.
Medals were handed out by local girl Kathryn Johnstone, Scottish Commonwealth Games Team member and breaststroke finalist in the games.
Oliver Goad and Cameron McMaster were jointly recognised for their huge improvement during the novice gala season earlier this year when they were awarded with the ‘Most improved boy in Fife’ trophy. The trophy is going to live in each of their houses for six-months. Last season we picked up the most improved girl award too, so our coaches are doing great things with our younger swimmers. My thanks to all those who helped to judge and timekeep in support of our swimmers and the club.
Mark Laing, Head Coach, Cupar and District Swimming Club
16th September 2014
The first gala of the season saw over twenty Cupar swimmers racing over the weekend at Carnegie Leisure Centre, Dunfermline. In total we scooped twelve medals across the two-days, with 10-yr-old Charlotte Williamson accounting for five of them (and she only swam one-day!!). Swimmers raced in a total of 87 swims, with personal best times gained in 69 of them, with the two biggest improvements coming from Millie Buchan and Ellen McQuilton. Peruse the results and you’ll see that several swimmers achieved PB’s in all of their swims. Catriona Cleary is back on last season’s PB drive, with seven from seven this weekend. She’d better watch out for Eve Hewitt though as she too managed a similar feat in her first major gala outing and justified her imminent move to Silver Squad.
Charlotte not only picked up five medals, but set PB’s in all of the races she raced in. Just reward for the application she has shown at training. Her 50m Backstroke was the highlight for me with prodigious power and speed achieved through great technique. Eve was on top form showing excellent diving technique throughout. Her stable mate, Scarlett, was unfortunately poorly and it was a shame that the two girls, who swim so well together, didn’t get to race together. Grace Finlay of Sharks, ever keen to swim up from the novice league set-up, produced two strong swims to set lifetime bests and identify herself as a swimmer to watch out for in the future.
Kiera and Isla Lorimer competed on Saturday morning, both setting excellent new breaststroke times, with Isla just missing out on a new IM time. Louise Moncrieff had three races, setting PB’s in the first two, swimming really well in the 50m Breaststroke showing great technique. Sister Lindsay set PB’s in all three of her swims, with her 100m IM a particularly strong swim, showing good technique across all four strokes. Jock and Lucy Robertson swam on different days, with Lucy producing a great performance in her 100m Free, although she may have jumped the gun by a tiny fraction of a second but that didn’t detract from a solid swim. Jock, still new to the whole gala thing, swam a positive 100m Breaststroke taking nearly five-seconds off his entry time.
Ollie Goad had a mixed day with two lifetime bests, two others just missed and a DQ to give him a full hand. A determined swimmer, Ollie’s highlight was his 50m Backstroke a race in which he just gets faster and faster. The Baillie boys were all in attendance over the weekend. Findlay picked up a medal in the breaststroke, which isn’t unusual for Findlay, but his best racing of the weekend was without doubt his Freestyle where in both the 50m & 200m races he turned in superb performances setting excellent lifetime bests. Euan, racing on Sunday, set a new time for his 50m Fly but just missed out on his 100m swim. The 50m Freestyle saw Euan pitted against younger brother Lewis and in what was a cracking race, Euan smashed the 30-second-barrier for the first time much to his delight. Lewis finished just a half-second behind to set a new PB too. This weekend saw Lewis as a real tour-de-force in club swimming, with four medals going his way and five out of six races being lifetime bests. Best swim of the weekend for me was his 200m Breaststroke where he smashed his previous PB by six-seconds giving the Inverness swimmer ahead of him a good run for his money. Brother Findlay’s response was that it was ‘alright’. Watch out for Lewis at the Scottish Schools where he is sure to be a front runner in his premiere event.
Albert Badia joined us for the Saturday morning sessions, picking up PB’s in all three of his races, with his breaststroke swim timed really well. He too is a relative novice at such large competitive meets yet he handled the pressure like an old-hand showing his growing maturity as a competitive swimmer. This was a positive follow on from his races at Cumbernauld in June.
Adam Young had a weekend of ups and downs with some swims first class and other races where he performed out of sorts. Determined to use the races as a springboard for future performance, Adam took on-board coaching feedback and recognises the areas where he needs to focus. He picked up an unexpected medal in the 100m Backstroke much to his delight. Adam is set to enjoy the training delivered by SASA as part of the Bronze Squad programme next month, having secured a well-deserved place last season. 12-yr-old Murdo Denholm was really focussed this weekend on his race preparation and seeking coaching advice, where he went on to produce a string of lifetime bests and enjoyed a thrilling race with Adam in the 200m Freestyle. Taking on the 200m Fly, Murdo showed he is happy to grasp the nettle of challenging swims and produced a good performance in what was his first accredited swim at this distance.
Connor Houston, new to the squad, but a well-known face amongst the swimmers who trained with him at Fife Performance, swam strongly for his new club delivering three out of three lifetime bests, with his 200m Freestyle a particularly good swim. He has settled in quickly at training and is already a well-liked member of the Gold Squad. Millie Buchan showed real form this weekend in her races, setting excellent times, with her 100m IM a ripping race which showcased how hard she has worked on developing her swim skills across the board. Hopefully this will encourage Millie to race more regularly as she is showing good form currently. Cameron McMaster continued to impress me with both is determination and improved skills base. A swimmer who listens well at training, Cameron produced several excellent races and was delighted to win his heat in the 50m Breaststroke where he swam stroke-for-stroke with Adam, just managing to pip him at the post. Adam is recognised by his peers as ‘the one to beat’ given his remarkable swimming talent, so you can imagine how pleased Cameron was to touch him out at the wall. Cameron too is a relative newcomer to competitive swimming but is quickly setting his stamp on things.
Nine-year-old Jessica MacLeod of Sharks had an enjoyable weekend, swimming well in her backstroke race and producing an outstanding race in her 50m Freestyle. Jessica won her heat comfortably and set an excellent time for such a young swimmer showing a well-timed and comfortable stroke. Jessica trained regularly across the summer and is an athlete who listens well and translates training into performance. Like Grace, she is a Junior Club swimmer who is comfortable to take on the challenge of higher level meets. Both Grace and Jessica trained at Glenrothes on Monday’s, coached by Wendy Hay, and their improvement has been helped by them taking on the extra swim time. Last but not least, Catriona Cleary and Ellen McQuilton, two swimmers who train together regularly, both produced some fabulous races and encouraged one-another to swim well. Catriona started last season with a run of 17 personal bests and this year has started in a similar fashion with seven-for-seven. Her 100m Freestyle and Fly races saw her dig deep and produce the goods when it mattered. A swimmer who gets out of swimming what she puts into it. Ellen competed in three races on Sunday and was on top form in each. Her 200m Breaststroke was a fantastic race to watch as she constantly worked hard to catch up with the girl ahead of her. The best performance for me though was her 50m Freestyle where she showed real power in the water. Ellen is committed during training sessions and is then able to use that to good effect in her competitions.
Our next gala is the Geordie Wotherspoon/Fife Championship on Sunday 14th September. My thanks to coaches Duncan Hewitt and Mark McQuilton for their assistance poolside and also to Team Manager Karen Baillie who once again ensured everything ran smoothly.
Mark Laing, Head Coach, Cupar and District Swimming Club, 31st August 2014
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Please note that there will be no normal training on Thursday 6th March from 6pm onwards (5.30-6pm usual training), the heats of the Club Championship will be taking place. Entries have closed for this. There will also be no land training.
For those taking part remember the warm-up starts at 6pm, please do not be late.
Silver Squad Controller and Internal Gala Convenor
Remember the warm up starts at 6pm, please do not be late.
SASA membership fees are due by the end of the week, make sure you get your payment of £33 in to the club table or you will not be able to swim.
- Thursday 27th Feb heats for breaststroke, butterfly and IM
- Thursday 6th March heats for backstroke and front crawl.
The heats will be held on Thursday 27 February and Thursday 6 March with the warm ups starting at 6.00pm. The finals will be held on the afternoon of Sunday 23 March with warm up beginning at 12pm.
Please find attached a copy of the entry form. Please note that the entries need to be with me by Thursday 20 February. It is a big help if you can get them in as soon as possible. Late entries will not be accepted. They can be returned to the Club Table or emailed to me at the above address.
If you are unsure what to enter please check with your squad controller. Any general queries please email me or speak to me at the pool.
Intermediate Squad Controller and Internal Gala Convenor
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The dates for this year’s Novice and Fife League events are set for the following:
Novice / Fife League 1 Sunday, 23rd February Warm up 8.30 am / 12.00 pm at Glenrothes
Novice / Fife League 2 Sunday, 16th March Warm up 8.30 am / 12.00 pm at Glenrothes
Novice / Fife League 3 Sunday, 27th April Warm up 8.30 am / 12.00 pm at Carnegie
Novice / Fife League 4 Sunday, 11th May Warm up 8.30 am / 12.00 pm at Glenrothes
Please let me know by Thursday, 24th January, 2014, if your swimmer(s) would like to be considered for the Novice or Senior League teams by return email to the address below. As this is a team league event, you will need to commit to as many meets as possible to ensure a “team spirit”.
The Novice League is an ideal event for young swimmers who have never taken part in galas before. The format is informal and friendly and is a good way to introduce swimmers to gala etiquette. For the 9 & Under age group, they swim 25 m in one stroke and hopefully will cover all 4 strokes over the four leagues. There is also a relay where they will swim 25 m in their allocated stroke. Each month, there is a nominated stroke and the swimmer for that stroke will swim 50 m.
In the 10-12 age group, the format is the same but each will swim 50 m and 100 m in the nominated stroke.
This is a great way to start achieving accredited times which can then be used to enter other galas. Parents are also expected to support the swimmers by helping out with time keeping, etc., and may be allocated a job.
The Fife (Senior) League is for more experienced swimmers with times that are too fast for the morning session.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to be considered for inclusion in the Cupar team.