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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

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2014 Novice Leagues Information

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.

Karen Baillie

FIFE LEAGUES GLENROTHES– SUNDAY, 8TH SEPTEMBER, 2013

 

FIFE LEAGUES– ROUND 3 – MICHAEL WOODS SWIMMING POOL, GLENROTHES– SUNDAY, 8TH SEPTEMBER, 2013

Swimmer

Event

Entry Time

Race Time

PB

Nicola Howat

100m Backstroke

1.20.50

1.19.74

– 0.76

Catriona Cleary

100m Backstroke

1.31.90

1.29.17

– 2.73

Ellen McQuilton

100m Backstroke

1.40.87

1.37.28

– 3.59

Hannah Thorne

100m Backstroke

1.42.00

1.41.39

DQ

Ben Levy

100m Backstroke

1.19.69

1.20.47

Oliver Carter

100m Backstroke

1.24.21

1.18.23

– 5.98

Findlay Baillie

100m Backstroke

1.35.75

1.38.38

Megan Wilson

100m Breaststroke

1.32.40

1.31.97

– 0.43

Rhiannon Laing

100m Breaststroke

1.37.18

1.33.40

– 3.78

Kirstin Bousie

100m Breaststroke

1.40.34

DNF

Corrie Hay

100m Breaststroke

1.46.71

1.44.22

– 2.49

Max Innes

100m Breaststroke

1.44.63

1.33.65

– 11.98

Jack Gordon

100m Breaststroke

1.44.78

1.34.14

– 10.64

Callum MacPherson

100m Breaststroke

1.52.03

1.44.32

– 7.71

Katie Ross

100m Fly

1.26.82

1.21.78

– 5.04

Euan Baillie

100m Fly

1.19.21

1.16.45

– 2.76

Lewis Baillie

100m Fly

1.28.50

1.27.28

– 1.22

Murdo Denholm

100m Fly

1.47.43

1.46.16

DQ

Abby Hay

100m Freestyle

1.13.49

1.08.52

– 4.97

Robyn Henderson

100m Freestyle

1.23.89

1.18.43

– 5.46

Lindsay Moncrieff

100m Freestyle

1.24.66

1.16.94

– 7.72

Thomas Farrell

100m Freestyle

58.28

56.97

– 1.31

Adam Young

100m Freestyle

1.14.52

1.17.92

Jimmy Brooks

100m Freestyle

1.25.08

1.22.59

– 2.49

Katie Ross

200m IM

2.55.56

2.54.62

DQ

Megan Wilson

200m IM

2.57.52

2.57.31

– 0.21

Catriona Cleary

200m IM

3.13.06

3.05.68

– 7.38

Ellen McQuilton

200m IM

3.36.34

3.24.74

– 11.60

Thomas Farrell

200m IM

2.27.88

2.31.98

Lewis Baillie

200m IM

2.53.40

2.56.90

Max Innes

200m IM

3.36.15

3.14.01

22.14

Rhiannon Laing

50m Fly

37.60

39.80

Abby Hay

50m Fly

38.69

34.59

– 4.10

Nicola Howat

50m Fly

39.50

37.55

– 1.95

Robyn Henderson

50m Fly

47.14

51.20

Kirstin Bousie

50m Fly

47.65

44.76

– 2.89

Corrie Hay

50m Fly

47.71

49.82

Lindsay Moncrieff

50m Fly

48.07

42.62

– 5.45

Hannah Thorne

50m Fly

55.33

46.58

– 8.75

Euan Baillie

50m Fly

35.64

33.44

– 2.20

Ollie Carter

50m Fly

37.47

36.07

– 1.40

Adam Young

50m Fly

40.88

40.85

– 0.03

Jack Gordon

50m Fly

41.08

38.58

– 2.50

Ben Levy

50m Fly

41.55

35.21

– 6.34

Callum MacPherson

50m Fly

44.07

42.78

– 1.35

Murdo Denholm

50m Fly

45.68

45.04

– 0.64

Findlay Baillie

50m Fly

46.33

52.87

Jimmy Brooks

50m Fly

47.05

45.49

– 1.56

 

After a top-class performance from the Novice swimmers in the morning session the senior swimmers too went on to produce some outstanding results in the afternoon session. 35 new personal best times were set out a total of 48 races. Three swimmers were unfortunately disqualified due to either technical or stroke infringements but they all responded positively to their disappointment which showed a real strength of character.

An initially nervous Ellen McQuilton went on to produce two solid races hitting lifetime best times and knowing there is even more to come. Catriona Cleary competed in the two events she needed for qualification to the East District age-groups later this year setting two new pb’s but missing both times by fractions of a second. Ollie Carter continued his recent run of excellent form producing more personal best times. Abby Hay smashed the time she set just last week, swimming a sub 1.10 for the first time in 100m Free.

Robyn Henderson and Lindsay Moncrieff raced together in the 100m Freestyle both producing fantastic times with Lindsay now one of the fastest freestylers in her age-group at the club. Jimmy Brooks too put in a solid swim setting a new pb time with 2 ½ seconds off. Kirstin Bousie overcame her disappointment in not finishing the 100m Breaststroke, owing to choking on pool water, by producing a strong 50m Fly and an excellent pb. The dark horse in that heat though was Lindsay Moncrieff, away across in lane one, who delivered a breath-taking 42.62 to reinforce being on top form.

Corrie Hay, following on from last week’s success in the 200m Breaststroke, went on to set a new pb in the 100m too. Rhiannon Laing, who set a good time last week, went even faster still yesterday showing that Breaststroke is still one of her favourite strokes. Jack Gordon, never short of a smile, put in two great swims in his events taking over ten seconds off his 100m Breaststroke in particular. Callum MacPherson, not a lover of the art of breaststroke, also smashed his entry time much to his delight.  Our older girls Nicola, Megan and Katie all swam lifetime best times in each of their swims with Nicola’s 50m Fly particularly impressive. Hannah Thorne overcame her earlier disappointment in the 100m Backstroke by hurtling down the pool on her 50m Fly taking an outstanding 8 ¾ seconds off her time. Euan Baillie continued his good form on Butterfly with younger brother Lewis also setting a new pb in the 100m Fly. Vice-captain Ben Levy also put in a barnstorming swim in his 50m Fly taking over six seconds off. Adam Young showed a return to form by also hitting pb in the same event. Murdo Denholm, disqualified earlier in the day in the 100m Fly produced a stronger swim for pb and proved that he is still one of the clubs best young Fly swimmers.

My thanks to parents who officiated and to Karen Baillie for team management and Catriona McCrone and Mark McQuilton for their support poolside. We’re back at Glenrothes on the 21st September to finish the Fife Leagues season off. Come along and support the swimmers.

Mark Laing – Lead Coach, Cupar and District Swimming Club

Fife Novice League Glenrothes September 8th 2012

FIFE NOVICE LEAGUE– ROUND 3 – MICHAEL WOODS SWIMMING POOL – SUNDAY, 8TH SEPTEMBER, 2013

Swimmer

Age Group

Event

Entry

Race

PB

Mia Anderson

9 & under

25m Backstroke

25.44

25.74

Amy Spencer

10-12yrs

50m Backstroke

50.90

49.83

– 1.07

Emily Baxter

10-12yrs

50m Backstroke

51.43

46.80

– 4.63

Elle Corbishley

10-12yrs

50m Backstroke

56.14

52.38

– 3.76

Jack Orr

10-12yrs

50m Backstroke

52.75

54.86

Christina Orr

9 & under

25m Breaststroke

43.00

31.48

– 11.52

Kirsten Smith

10-12yrs

50m Breaststroke

52.27

52.86

Olivia Carter

10-12yrs

50m Breaststroke

53.03

49.66

– 3.37

Abigail Cousins

10-12yrs

50m Breaststroke

1.02.81

57.31

– 5.70

Albert Badia

10-12yrs

50m Breaststroke

1.05.00

56.99

– 8.01

Eve Hewitt

9 & under

25m Fly

24.95

23.79

– 1.16

Isla Lorimer

10-12yrs

50m Fly

1.02.09

1.01.84

– 0.25

Charlotte Williamson

10-12yrs

50m Fly

55.91

48.91

– 7.00

David Reay

10-12yrs

50m Fly

1.01.34

55.03

– 6.31

Emily Reay

9 & under

25m Freestyle

27.32

23.28

– 4.04

Inver Petrie

9 & under

25m Freestyle

23.58

21.16

– 2.42

Kerri Stalker

10-12yrs

50m Freestyle

43.10

38.70

– 4.40

Lucy Robertson

10-12yrs

50m Freestyle

43.53

40.24

– 3.29

Louise Moncrieff

10-12yrs

50m Freestyle

43.59

39.83

– 3.76

Cameron Paterson

10-12yrs

50m Freestyle

43.29

39.55

– 3.74

Eve Hewitt

9 & under

50m Fly

1.00.53

54.14

– 6.39

Inver Petrie

9 & under

50m Fly

1.14.40

1.29.52

Olivia Carter

10-12yrs

100m IM

1.35.63

1.34.50

– 1.13

Kirsten Smith

10-12yrs

100m IM

1.38.50

1.44.69

Lucy Robertson

10-12yrs

100m IM

1.43.37

1.46.54

Cameron Paterson

10-12yrs

100m IM

1.47.03

1.44.79

– 2.24

Girls 9 & under IM – placed 1st in 1.45.39

Cupar A

1) Anderson, Mia             2) Orr, Christina  3) Hewitt, Eve     4) Reay, Emily

Girls 10-12yrs IM – placed 1st in 1.28.68

Cupar A

1) Spencer, Amy             2) Smith, Kirsten    3) Williamson, Charlotte          4) Moncrieff, Louise

Girls 10-12yrs IM – placed 8th in 1.40.18

Cupar C

1) Corbishley, Elle            2) Cousins, Abigail  3) Isla Lorimer             4) Robertson, Lucy

Boys 10-12yrs IM – placed 4th in 1.37.64

Cupar A

1) Orr, Jack                     2) Badia, Albert                   3) Reay, David           4) Paterson, Cameron

The first ever gala at the new Michael Woods Swimming Pool in Glenrothes saw our novice team, once again this season, produce some outstanding results. With a total of eight swimmers picking up ‘Too fast’ flashes identifying that they exceeded the time banding for their swim, smiles were aplenty poolside from swimmers and coaches too.  Olivia Carter and Kerri Stalker entered the meet with three ‘Too fast’ flashes from previous meets, so both now have the full set!!

Mia Anderson was the first into the water for the club and she swam a really strong race finishing in second place overall in the 25m backstroke. Amy Spencer and Emily Baxter followed in the 50m Backstroke, a stroke they had worked hard on the previous evening at Stirling Training and their preparation work was rewarded with excellent personal best times and speed flashes too.  Elle Corbishley produced a fine swim to pb and finish 4th overall. Jack Orr was the only Cupar boy in the water for the 50m Backstroke and put in a solid performance picking up 3rd place overall in his age-group. Little sister Christina Orr then followed in the 25m Breaststroke taking a whopping 11.5 seconds off her time.

The 50m Breaststroke then followed with Olivia Carter swimming very strongly in the heat to pick up a well-deserved speed flash. Kirsten Smith went on to place 5th; Abigail Cousins made a huge improvement on her previous time, as did Albert Badia who finished 4th overall. Eve Hewitt was the next swimmer to pick up a speeding flash for a very confident 25m Butterfly. Coaches had agreed that the shallow end, whilst having blocks, was not deep enough for the swimmers to dive in, so Eve set her new time from a start in the water. Little doubt that from a dive she would have been faster still. Charlotte Williamson was not deterred by her recent shoulder injury, swimming an excellent 50m Butterfly to place 2nd overall only a second away from a speed flash. Isla Lorimer, who stepped in at late notice to cover a swimming place, produced a new personal best and much needed points for the team.  David Reay swam the 50m Fly for the boys and made a big improvement on his time too placing 4th overall. Emily Reay then smashed her 25m Freestyle time placing 4th overall.

Inver Petrie was in ferocious form on his 25m Freestyle setting a blistering pace down the pool and placing 1st overall in an excellent new pb time. The 50m Freestyle swims then followed with all four of our swimmers picking up speed flashes. Kerri Stalker won that coveted fourth speed flash setting a marvellous 38.70 pb. The Cupar girls all swam in the fastest heat finishing with a Cupar 1,2,3 at the wall. Louise Moncrieff had started the race in the lead leaving the blocks in a staggering 0.29 second reaction time, but Kerry caught her at the turn and they battled out the rest of the length, with Louise touching second in a ‘Too fast’ time. Lucy had turned fifth but charged past the other girls to secure third and her speed flash too. Cameron Paterson inspired by the girls efforts went on to dominate his heat and finish first at the wall where he too picked up a speed flash, in what was his first ‘sub-forty’ freestyle swim.

As the gala neared a close, the swimmers found themselves racing and then immediately marshalling for their next races, but their earlier excellent swims kept them buoyant and more good swims were to follow. In the 50m Fly, Eve Hewitt took 6 ½  seconds off her time and placed 1st overall. Then in the 100m IM Olivia Carter produced her fastest ever swim to place first overall in her age group too. The attitude, behaviour and performance of our swimmers was first class with sporting behaviour always shown to other swimmers and politeness shown to officials and marshals which is a credit to them. My thanks to the parents who helped out by officiating and to Jane Reay, Alan Cousins, Zac Yule and Bab’s Carter who assisted me poolside and thanks to Isla for supporting the team at short notice. We’re back at the leagues on Saturday 21st September where swimmers will once again be competing, some looking for that last coveted speed flash of the season!!

Mark Laing – Lead Coach, Cupar and District Swimming Club

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