INCAS Distance Meet

23/07/2016
Eleven Fins’ swimmers had an exceptional weekend competing at the INCAS Distance Meet at the Carnegie Leisure Centre last Saturday and Sunday. The meet was confined to swimmers between the ages of 8 and 14, competing in three age groups, and all the swims were 200m or over.
 
The swimmers competed in a total of 35 swims, returned an improvement rate of 83%, the second meet in a row over 80%, and also for the second meet in a row where a swimmer who, again subject to ratification, should move up to the top 3 ranking for her age group in Scotland. There was also a new club record set. The swimmers won a total of five gold medals, all different swimmers, seven silver and seven bronze medals, all of the swimmers gained a top ten placing and only two of the 35 swims failed to record a top ten finish, one event saw the first four places claimed by Fins’ swimmers and there was one 400m event where a PB in excess of 1 minute was recorded.
 
Top swimmer for Fins, at the meet, was 14 year old Claire Thomson, 13/14 years girls. Claire set a new club record, winning Gold in the 1500m Freestyle, with a time of 18 minutes 33.45 seconds beating the previous time set by Ashley Warrender, in February 2003, by 26.78 seconds. Ashley still holds a further three short course records. The time set by Claire was a 45.63 second PB and should secure 3rd place in the Scottish 14 year old girls’ rankings.
Claire also won a further three silver medals for her 200m Backstroke and both the 200m and 400m Freestyle.
 
14 year old Sam Lewis, 13/14 boys, won Gold in the 200m Individual Medley. He also won two silver medals in the 200m Breaststroke and 400m Individual Medley and finished just outside the medals with a 4th place finish in the 400m Freestyle. However it was Sam’s 400m Individual Medley where he recorded an unbelievable 1 minute 2.18 second PB, his previous time being set, last year, at the East District time trials.
 
13 year old Caitlyn Dodds, 13/14 girls, and 14 year old Callum MacDonald, 13/14 boys, secured a full set of medals each. Caitlyn won Gold in 200m Backstroke, Silver in the 400m Individual Medley and Bronze in the 400m Freestyle, while Callum won gold in the 400m Individual Medley, Silver in the 200m Backstroke and Bronze in the 400m Freestyle.
 
The fifth Gold medal was won by 14 year old Theo Goodfellow, 13/14 boys, in the 200m Butterfly. Theo also gained a 4th place in the200m Individual Medley and 5th in both the 200m Breaststroke and 200m Freestyle
 
The remaining results were:
Lucy Brice, 13/14 girls, Silver 200m Breaststroke; Bronze in both the 400m Individual Medley and 800m Freestyle and 5th in the 400m Freestyle.
Kirsty Davis, 13/14 girls, Silver 200m Individual Medley; Bronze in both the 200m Backstroke and 200m Breaststroke and was 7th in the 400m Freestyle.
Michael Strang, 11/12 years boys, Silver in the 200m Freestyle and Bronze in the 200m Individual Medley.
Megan Ovens, 13/14 girls, 4th in both the 200m Backstroke and the 200m Individual Medley and 6th – 200m Freestyle.
Dawn Lawrie, 10/12 girls, 7th – 200m Breaststroke. This was Dawn’s first open meet having only previously swum in the Fife Leagues.
Kimberley McCabe, 13/14 girls, 9th – 200m Breaststroke.
 
In addition to the outstanding improvements from Sam and Claire the next largest improvement came from Kimberley who reduced her 400 Freestyle time by 22.72 seconds. She also recorded an 11.35 second improvement in her 200m Freestyle.
Splitting these improvements was Kirsty with a 17.40 second improvement in her 200m Individual Medley.
 
Not included in the 83% improvement rate was a further five PBs which were recorded at the split times on the way to the final distance of the event. As it is electronic timing these are official times. This happens occasionally but to get five at one meet is exceptional.
Head Coach, Ian Lewis, was extremely pleased with the results.
Updated 2016-07-23 08:29:04 by Ken White