A total of 38 swimmers competed at the third and final round of the 2023 Fife Leagues, held at the Michael Woods Centre on 3 June. Unfortunately, there was a delay in the results being published and they did arrive they were incomplete. However, it would appear, that none of Fins’ individual swims is affected, but there were no results for the relays in the Fife League.

Once again Fins’ swimmers had good results with 36 of the 49 swims in the league and 25 of the 26 swims in the novice league producing PBs. 16 of the 25 league swimmers gained a top three placing, while 8 of the novice league swimmers gained a top two placing (no one gained a 3rd place).

In the league there were two movements in the top 50 all-time rankings and three new entries plus one that remained in the same position. The top performance came from Blair Wardlaw, who recorded a time of 1 minute 4.04 seconds for his 100m backstroke. This maintains his 15th place ranking but moves him closer to 14th being just 0.49 seconds short, and just under 1 second away from a top 10 placing. Blair also moved from 44th place to 33rd place in the 50m Freestyle with a 0.33 second PB.

Also on the move again was Steven Pate who moved from 27th to 24th in his 100m breaststroke with a 2.24 second PB.

The top entry was in 49th place and that was achieved by Heidi Mellon with a 3.38 second PB in her 50m freestyle. This means that Gemma Douse drops out, having set her time at Glenrothes in October 1997, so the entry time for the ranking is now 31.04 seconds.

The next two entries, were both in 50th place and both by Grace Wilson. Grace had the largest PB by a Fins’ swimmer when she reduced her 200m Freestyle by 20.68 seconds, and a more modest 1.49 seconds in her 50m Backstroke. Out of the top 50 in the 200m freestyle is Emily Paterson who set her time at the East District Age Group Championships in December 2011, and out of the 50m backstroke is Megan Ovens who recorded her time at the Falkirk Integrated Regional Swim Team Meet in December 2017. Grace’s times of 2 minutes 25.45 seconds and 36.36 seconds are now the times to beat to gain entry to the respective events in the top 50.

The second largest PB of the weekend was recorded by Jennifer Gordon, who reduced her 200m individual medley by 14.36 seconds, just missing out on a top 50 entry by 0.61 seconds.


The next four top improvements came from:

Lilian Blair, who reduced her 100m Backstroke by 8.08 seconds and her 200m breaststroke by 6.51 seconds,

Grant Wardlaw, who lowered his 100m freestyle time by 4.66 seconds, and

Millie Whytock who reduced her 50m butterfly by 3.83 seconds.


Twenty of the 25 swimmers gained a 3rd place or better and achieved 9 – 1st; 10 – 2nd; and 10 – 3rd places and the remaining 5 swimmers achieved an 8th place or better.


The two top swimmers, with two wins were:

Lillian Blair, 12/U girls, who won both the 100m backstroke and 200m breaststroke and,

Ethan Pate, 12/U boys, who won both the 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle

Three swimmers gained a 1st and 2nd places, and they were:

Irys Blair, 13/14 girls, 1st – 100m Backstroke; 2nd – 100m freestyle

Steven Pate, 15/O boys, 1st – 200m breaststroke; 2nd – 100m breaststroke, and

Blair Wardlaw, 15/O boys, 1st – 100m backstroke; 2nd – 50m freestyle.

The remaining winners were:

Jennifer Gordon, 15/O girls, 1st – 200m individual Medley; 4th – 200m backstroke, and

Charlotte Wardlaw, 15/O girls, 1st – 100m breaststroke; 5th – 200m backstroke.


The remaining swimmers were:

Blake Goldie, 13/14 boys, who recorded two second place finishes in the 50m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke.

Jack Campbell, 12/U boys, 2nd – 50m butterfly; 3rd – 100m freestyle

Adam Selbie, 13/14 boys, 2nd – 200m individual medley; 3rd – 100m freestyle

Cole Gray, 12/U boys, 2nd – 50m breaststroke; 4th – 50m freestyle

Caleb Gray, 12/U boys, 2nd – 100m backstroke; 4th – 200m freestyle

Campbell Rae, 15/O boys, 2nd – 100m backstroke; 5th – 50m freestyle

Dmitri Tincovan, 12/U boys, 3rd in both the 50m Backstroke and 100m breaststroke

Millie Whytock, 12/U girls, 3rd – 200m backstroke; 4th – 50m butterfly

Heidi Mellon, 15/O girls, 3rd – 200m breaststroke; 4th – 50m freestyle

Eva Watson, 12/U girls, 3rd – 100m freestyle; 5th – 50m breaststroke

Kimberley McCabe, 15/O girls, 3rd – 100m backstroke; 7th – 100m freestyle

Lexi Blair, 13/14 girls, 3rd – 50m freestyle; 8th – 100m backstroke

Wiktor Bak, 15/O boys, 3rd – 50m backstroke.

Medeea-Miriam Gorea, 13/14 girls, 4th – 200m backstroke; 5th – 50m butterfly

Grace Wilson, 15/O girls, 4th – 200m freestyle; 5th – 50m backstroke

Zeteny Nagy, 13/14 boys, 4th – 200m freestyle; 6th – 50m backstroke

Abby Morris, 15/O girls, 7th – 50m butterfly; 10th – 100m freestyle

Grant Wardlaw, 15/O boys, 8th – 50m butterfly; 9th – 100m freestyle.


The novice league swimmers do not feature in the top 50 rankings but nevertheless they gave a very good account of themselves, and are certainly moving in the right direction. The swimmers accrued 6 wins, 5 – 2nd places and all the swimmers achieved a 6th place or better.


The top swimmer in terms of achievement was Eden Mackie, 11/12 girls, who won both her events namely, 25m breaststroke and 25m freestyle.

Not far behind was Bryony Smart, 8 to 10 years girls, who won the 25m breaststroke and was 2nd in the 50m freestyle.

There were three other winners and they were:

Samuel Dick, 11/12 boys, 1st – 50m breaststroke; 5th – 100m backstroke

Bailey Salmon-Will, 11/12 boys, 1st – 100m backstroke; 5th – 50m breaststroke, and

Grace Mills, 8 to 10 girls, 1st – 25m butterfly; 7th – 100m freestyle.


Three swimmers also managed 2nd placings and they were:

Elliot Blair who was 2nd in both the 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke

Wilfred Mitchell, 11/12 boys, 2nd – 25m breaststroke; 6th – 50m freestyle, and

Amelie Page, 11/12 girls, 2nd – 25m freestyle; 9th – 50m backstroke.


The remaining results are:

Charlie Jack, 8 to 10 boys, 4th – 50m breaststroke; 8th – 50m freestyle

Summer Ramshaw, 11/12 girls, 4th – 25m butterfly; 8th – 50m backstroke

Chelsea Walker, 8 to 10 girls, 4th – 25m freestyle; 12th – 50m breaststroke

Leyton Neilson, 8 to 10 boys, 5th – 50m breaststroke; 7th – 50m freestyle

Lily Bonnar, 11/12 girls, 6th – 50m freestyle; 11th – 50m backstroke


The top three improvements were:

Summer, who reduced her 50m backstroke by 5.24 seconds

Bailey, who reduced his 50m breaststroke by 2.99 seconds, and

Amelie, who lowered her 25m freestyle by 2.40 seconds.


In addition, there were relay results for the novice league both 4x50m mixed freestyle. Fins’ 8 to 10 years team of Elliot, Leyton, Grace, and Bryony finished 4th, while the 11/12 team of Summer, Samuel, Amelie, and Bailey were 5th.


Well done to all 38 swimmers for producing a very good performance on the day.


Ken White
Club Press Officer