Brodie’s Scottish Schools Swimming Championships took place last Saturday at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow. Gaining entry to the Championships is in itself an achievement as only the top twenty times, ten for the 17 to 19 age group, recorded in each event, from regional Schools’ meets throughout Scotland, from Shetland to the Borders, are accepted. Swimmers are only allowed to complete in a maximum of two events and five Fins’ swimmers qualified to swim in eight events. This was the first long course meet, (50m pool) of the year, and the swimmers did exceptionally well to return with one silver and two bronze medals, plus four other top ten placings.

Top Swimmer for Fins, representing Balwearie High School, in the 13/14 boys, was Mark Scott, who won his first national medal, taking the silver in the 200m Individual Medley, with the best improvement for a Fins’ swimmer of 10.56 seconds. Mark was also placed 5th in the 100m Breaststroke.

The two bronze medals were achieved in the oldest category, 17 to 19 years, when Theo Goodfellow, Fife College, and Nicole Reynolds, Dundee and Angus College, were 3rd in the boys 100m Breaststroke and girls 200m Breaststroke respectively. Theo just missed out on a second bronze, finishing 4th in the 200m Breaststroke.

Erin Taylor, Balwearie High School, 15/16 girls gained two 6th placings in her 200m Individual Medley and 200m Butterfly.

The remaining swimmer was Blair Wardlaw, Balwearie High School, 15/16 boys. This was Blair’s first National event and although he missed out on a top ten finish, in the 100m Backstroke, he did record the second best improvement of 8.60 seconds.