Thirty four Fins’ swimmers were in action last Sunday at the Michael Woods Centre, Glenrothes. Seventeen swimmers competed in the 1st Round of the Fife League, while the remaining seventeen competed the 1st round of the Fife Novice League.

Both sets of swimmers produced some excellent swims. The swimmers in the League competed in 32 swims and recorded 25 PBs, 5 of them in double figures. The largest PBs came from Grant Wardlaw, reducing his 100m Freestyle by 22.71 seconds; Olivia Dutiaume, reducing her 100m Freestyle by 21.76 seconds; Grace Wilson, reducing her 50m Backstroke by 14.37 seconds; Heidi Mellon reducing her 100m Freestyle by 10.92 seconds: and Georgia Johnston who reduced her 50m Backstroke by 10.23 seconds.

The swimmers achieved 7 – 1st, 1 – 2nd, 4 – 3rd, plus 13 top 10 placings. Two swimmers achieved a double win and they were Blair Wardlaw, 16/O boys in the 100m and 200m Backstroke; and Erin Taylor, 14/15 girls in the 100m Butterfly and 200m Backstroke.

With a 1st and 3rd placing was Mark Scott, 14/15 boys, in the 100m Butterfly and 200m Backstroke respectively; and Nicole Reynolds, 16/O girls, in the 100m Breaststroke and 200m Backstroke.

The remaining 1st place was won by Theo Goodfellow, 16/O boys, who also finished 4th in the 200m Backstroke.

The other results were:

Euan Pate, 16/O boys, 2nd – 100m Butterfly; 7th – 200m Backstroke

Heidi Mellon, 12/13 girls, 3rd – 100m Freestyle; 4th – 50m Backstroke

Adam Selbie, 9/11 boys, 3rd – 100m Breaststroke

Kristin Mackay, 12/13 girls, 4th – 100m Butterfly; 5th – 200m Backstroke

Grace Wilson, 14/15 girls, 5th – 100m Backstroke; 8th 50m Backstroke

Grant Wardlaw, 14/15 boys, 7th – 100m Freestyle; 8th – 50m Backstroke

Jennifer Gordon, 14/15 girls, 7th – 100m Freestyle

Kimberley McCabe, 16/O girls, 8th – 100m Butterfly; 9th – 200m Backstroke

Ailsa Burns, 14/15 girls, 9th – 100m Freestyle

The only swimmer not mentioned is Sophie Earl (12/13) who had a good 50m Backstroke in her first competitive swim.

The Novice League saw the largest Fins’ team for quite a number of years with the 17 swimmers competing in 19 swims, returning a 100% improvement rate, with the three top PBs coming from Arran McKinlay, who reduced his 100m Backstroke by 14.63 seconds; Ethan Pate, who reduced his 50m Backstroke by 9.73 seconds; and Sophie Young who reduced her 50m Butterfly by 6.52 seconds.

The Novice League is a time band meet. Two swimmers beat the time band and can no longer compete in that particular event in future Novice leagues. Charlotte Wardlaw 10/O girls, went under the 50m Breaststroke time recording a 1.80 second PB; and Gemma Ewing, 10/O girls, went under the 50m Backstroke time, with a 1.31 second PB.

In addition, there were 2 – 1st, 2 – 2nd, 1 – 3rd, and 8 top 10 placings.

Ethan Pate, 9/U boys, won the 25m Breaststroke and was 3rd in the 50m Backstroke

Sophie Young, 10/O girls, won the 50m Butterfly

Blair McKinlay, 10/O boys, 2nd – 50m Backstroke

Ciaran Burns, 10/O boys, 2nd – 50m Breaststroke

Campbell Rae, 10/O boys, 4th – 50m Freestyle

Arran McKinlay, 10/O boys, 5th – 100m Backstroke; 7th 50m Butterfly

Ayva Mellon, 9/U girls, 5th – 25m Butterfly

Roman Johnston, 9/U boys, 6th – 25m Backstroke

Caleb Gray, 9/U boys, 6th – 25m Butterfly

Olivia Mroczkiewicz, 9/U girls, 10th – 25m Backstroke

Alastair Gordon, 10/O boys, 10th – 50m Freestyle.

The remaining four swimmers who, despite recording good PBs, finished just outside the top 10 were – Ruby Learmonth, Sarah Reid, Adam Pokora, and Irys Blair (all 10/O)

Again, for the first time in quite a few years, Fins managed to field two relay teams. These were boys and girls, 10/O, 4x50m Freestyle Relays and both teams finished in 6th place. The girls’ team was Gemma, Charlotte, Sophie and Ruby and the boys’ team was Blair, Ciaran, Arran, and Alastair.