Fins CSC swimmer, 13 year old Adam Selbie from Kirkcaldy, had his first representative swim last Sunday, 8 October, having been selected to represent Scottish East District at the GoCardless Swim England Inter Counties Championships, held at the Ponds Forge International Centre in Sheffield.
The Championships are the first major event of the short course swimming season and include swimmers from 12 years to 17 years in three double year age groups. There are two division with division one comprising 20 teams, 17 English counties plus Scottish East District, Scottish West District, and South East Wales. The second division had 17 teams, 15 English counties plus Scottish North District, and South West Wales. There is relegation from division one and promotion from division two at stake.
Adam had an individual swim and a relay swim. His individual swim was the12/13 boys 100m backstroke where he finished in 18th place, but did well to record a 0.54 second PB, improving on the time he set at the Dunedin Challenge meet on 2nd September. He also swam the first leg of the 200m medley relay and again recorded a 0.71 second PB, with the team finishing in 11th place.
Adam’s time of 1 minute 9.13 seconds moves him up the 13 years boys Scottish Rankings to 5th place, just less than 2 seconds from 2nd place, but almost 11 seconds from top spot which is held by Nikolai Sisnett, City of Glasgow, at 58.34 seconds, also set at the event in Sheffield. This is an exceptional time for a 13 year old and it also means he is ranked top 13 year old in Britain.
Overall, the Scottish East District finished in 10th place, ensuring a division one place next year, and one place ahead of the Scottish West District.
Additional Club information
Adam’s times at Sheffield has impacted the club’s overall top 50 rankings, in that his 100m backstroke time moves him from 50th place to 48th. A one second improvement would move Adam up to 45th.
Adam’s first leg of the medley relay is also an official time and gives him entry to the top 50 in 50th place. This means we lose a relatively recent entry with Mark Scott who set his time at the Fife Championships in November 2019, dropping out. The new entry time is the time recorded by Adam at Sheffield, 33.08 seconds.
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