The 2024 Glenrothes Spring Meet was held at the Michael Woods Centre, Glenrothes, over two days, 17/18 February, 2024, and each day accommodated different age groups and events. On Saturday, ages ranged from 11 to 17 with swimmers able to swim a 100m in each of the four individual strokes plus a 200m individual medley.


On Sunday the ages ranged from 8 years and under, up to 12 years with swimmers able to swim 50m in each of the four individual strokes plus a 100m individual medley. The one condition was that 11/12 years swimmers could either swim on the Saturday OR the Sunday but not both.


Fins had a total of 24 swimmers over the two days, 13 on the Saturday and 11 on the Sunday, with all the swimmers producing another successful weekend.


The statistics for the Saturday were once again very impressive with the 13 swimmers contesting 52 swims from which they achieved a total of 41 PBs with every swimmer gaining at least one PB


Two swimmers entered the Fins all-time top 50 short course rankings with the top performance coming from Adam Selbie, 13/14 boys, who enters the 200m individual medley in 46th place, with a 4.41 second PB. Not too far behind, also in the individual medley Steven Pate 15/17 boys enters three places behind Adam in 49th place, with a 1.40 second PB. The two swimmers to drop out of the top 50 are Blair Wardlaw and John Scott. Blair is currently a squad member and set his time at the Fife leagues in September 2019 so he may have an opportunity to return to the top 50, soon.  However, John’s time goes back a bit further having set his time at Glenrothes in August 1997.


The entry time now required for this event is 2 minutes 30.34 seconds which is  a reduction of 0.97 seconds.


The top five PBs were all recorded by 11/12 year old boys. The top improver was Jack Campbell, who had three top PBs, reducing his individual medley by 13.67 seconds, his butterfly by 6.55 seconds and his backstroke by 6.44 seconds.  Cole Gray, also reduced his individual medley time, this time by 8.37 seconds, and Caleb Gray who reduced his breaststroke by 7.02 seconds.


31 of the 52 swims achieved a top 10 finish, with 10 of the 13 swimmers gaining at least one top 10 finish, and this included three silver and six bronze medals.


The top finisher was Ethan Pate, 11/12 boys, with silver medals in both the butterfly and backstroke and bronze medals in both the freestyle and individual medley. Ethan was also 5th in the breaststroke.


The remaining silver medal was won by Adam in the individual medley. Adam also finished 5th in the breaststroke and 6th in the freestyle.


Lillian Blair, 11/12 girls, won two bronze medals in the breaststroke and individual medley, and was 4th in both the butterfly and backstroke, and 5th in the freestyle.


Caleb won a bronze medal in the breaststroke and was 4th in the individual medley, butterfly and backstroke, and 5th in the freestyle.


Steven won a bronze in the breaststroke, and was 5th in both the individual medley and freestyle.


Finnley McDonald won the remaining bronze medal in the butterfly, and was 5th in the backstroke, 6th in the individual medley, and 7th in both the freestyle and breaststroke.


The remaining swimmers who achieved a top 10 finish were:

Irys Blair, 13/14 girls, 6th – butterfly; 8th – backstroke; 9th – individual medley; 13th – freestyle; and 18th – breaststroke.

Jack, 8th – butterfly, 13th – individual medley; 16th – backstroke; and 18th – freestyle.

Cole, 10th – breaststroke;13th – butterfly; 15th – both individual medley and backstroke; and 17th – freestyle.

Abby Morris, 15/17 girls, 10th – butterfly; 15th individual medley; 20th – freestyle.


The swimmers who finished outside the top 10 were:

Millie Whytock, 11/12 girls, 12th – backstroke; 13th – individual medley; and 24th – freestyle.

Dmitri Tincovan, 11/12 boys, 15th – butterfly, 18th in both the backstroke and individual medley; and 24th – freestyle.

Bryony Smart, 11/12 girls, 40th – backstroke; 49th – freestyle.

Back row L to R – Finnley and Adam
Middle row L to R – Jack, Irys, and Ethan
Front row L to R – Cole and Caleb




The statistics for the Sunday swimmers were also very impressive with the 11 swimmers competing in 33 swims and recording a total of 31 PBs, with the top three being achieved by:

Chelsea Walker, 9/10 girls, who reduced her 50m backstroke time by 17.30 seconds.

Grace Mills, 11/12 girls, who reduced her 100m individual medley time by 14.85 seconds, and

Leyton Neilson, 9/10 boys, who reduced his 50m breaststroke by 11.52 seconds.


Leyton also won a bronze medal in the freestyle, was 8th in the breaststroke; 9th in the backstroke, and 12th in the butterfly

The other results for the younger swimmers were:

Elliot Blair, 9/10 boys, 4th – backstroke; 6th – freestyle;  7th – breaststroke; and 8th – individual medley.

Charlie Jack, 6th – breaststroke; 16th – individual medley; and 23rd – freestyle.

Grace, 7th – backstroke; 8th in both the breaststroke and individual medley; 11th – freestyle; and 14th – butterfly.

Lily-Mae McDonald, 9/10 girls, 11th – freestyle; 15th backstroke; and 17th – breaststroke.

Summer Ramshaw, 11/12 girls, 13th – breaststroke; 14th – freestyle

Antonia Adie, 9/10 girls, 13th – freestyle; 16th – individual medley.

Chelsea, 14th in both the backstroke and breaststroke; and 16th in freestyle.

Lily Bonnar, 11/12 girls, 16th – breaststroke; 20th – backstroke.

Olivia Bak, 9/10 girls, 17th – freestyle; 23rd backstroke

Olivia Hataway, 11/12 girls, 21st – backstroke; 24th – breaststroke; and 26th – freestyle.


L to R – Summer, Lillian, Millie, Olivia, Grace, Bryony, Chelsea, Elliot, and Lily


What stands out from the meet is that there is a broad base of swimmers, male and female in the 9 to 12 years age groups, with a considerable potential to do well. So, although it is not always possible to record a PB every time, the more times you can beat your previous best the further along the pathway to success you will travel.


Keep up the good work and see what happens.


Photos by Yvonne Pate

Words by Ken White