EDAG Round 3

06/02/2017
The final round of the Scottish East District Age Group Championships was held last weekend at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh, starting on Friday afternoon and running through to Sunday evening. Apart from both the boys and girls 11 to 13 years 200m Individual Medley all events were decided through heats and finals and all events were long course 50m.
 
Fins’ had 20 swimmers qualify for the event, competing in a total of 100 swims, and Head Coach Ian Lewis got the preparation for this just right as the swimmers exceeded expectations with two District Titles, three runners-up and three bronze medals. Twelve swimmers achieved a top ten finish with nine gaining a second swim. All the swimmers achieved at least one PB and overall the club achieved an excellent improvement rate, at this level of competition, of 87%.
 
Top swimmer for Fins was Caitlyn Dodds, 15 years’ girls who won both the 50m and 100m Backstroke titles to add to the 200m Backstroke title she won in round 2 of the Championships held at the Michael Woods Centre last month.
Caitlyn also had two runners-up places taking the silver medal in both the 50m and 100m Butterfly. In addition, she won bronze in the 200m Individual Medley, was placed 4th in the 100m Freestyle and 5th in the 50m Freestyle.
 
Winning his first ever district medals was Theo Goodfellow, 15 boys’, who won silver in the 100m Breaststroke and bronze in the 50m Breaststroke.
 
The final medal was won by Neža Dolenc-Luznar, 13 girls’, who won bronze in the 100m Butterfly. This was also Neža’s first ever District medal and she was also placed 5th. In the 100m Freestyle, 7th in the 50m Freestyle and 10th in the 200m Individual Medley.
 
Kyle Pate found it hard going in the 17 and over boys’ events, which were dominated by Edinburgh University. In most events Kyle was giving away 7 years to some of the swimmers and although he produced some excellent PBs he just missed out on a medal finishing 4th in the 100m Backstroke and 6th in the 50m Backstroke. Kyle also just missed out on three finals finishing as 1st Reserve for the 100m Breaststroke and 2nd Reserve for both the 50m Breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley.
The remaining finalists were:
Sam Lewis, 16 boys’, who was placed 5th in the 50m Breaststroke and 6th in the 100m Breaststroke
Michael Strang, 14 boys’, who was 6th in the 100m Butterfly and 7th in the 100m Freestyle
Stephanie Strang, 17 and over girls’ who was 8th in the 100m Butterfly and 2nd Reserve for the 50m Backstroke.
Rhianna Henderson, 11/12 girls’, who was 8th in the 100m Butterfly.
 
One other swimmer did get a second swim but unfortunately was not the one he was hoping for. Callum MacDonald tied for eighth place in the heats of the 50m Freestyle, but lost out the subsequent swim off with Calum Chittleburgh of Warrender Baths who went on to take 4th place in the final. So, Callum ended up as 1st reserve for the final.
 
The remaining swimmers to gain a top 10 placing were:
Claire Thomson, 16 girls’, - 1st reserve – 100m Backstroke
Lucy Brice, 16 girls’, - 2nd reserve – 50m Breaststroke
Arran Stowe, 17 and over boys’ – 2nd reserve – 100m Breaststroke
 
The remaining swimmers who qualified were:
Ben Lewis (13); Lyndsay Haig (11/12); Kirsty Davis (15); Erin O’Connor (14); Megan Ovens (15); Julie Davidson (13); Tianna Pease (15); Arwen McGloin (11/12).
 
In terms of improvement the to four PBs were:
Michael Strang, who reduced his 100m Butterfly by 5.35 seconds; Arran Stowe who reduced his 50m Freestyle by 4.11 seconds; Kirsty Davis who reduced her 100m Backstroke by 3.05 seconds and Kyle Pate who reduced his 100m Breaststroke by 3.00 seconds.
 
It is also good to report that several PBs have gained the qualifying times for the Scottish National Age Group Championships which will take place from 29 March to 2 April.
 
Former Fins’ Swimmer, now with Edinburgh University, 22 year old Greg Watson, 17 and over boys’, also did well at the Championships winning two Titles for the 50m and 100m Butterfly. He also won a bronze in the 50m Freestyle and was placed 4th in the 100m Freestyle.
 
Updated 2017-03-26 13:23:25 by Ken White