Carnegie Spring Meet

27/02/2017
 
Fins’ swimmers are certainly going through a purple patch at the moment when 18 swimmers returned to the Michael Woods Centre in Glenrothes last Saturday and Sunday. The occasion was Carnegie Open Spring Age Group Meet which in addition to the host club attracted a strong entry from clubs such as Milngavie and Bearden, Warrender, and South Aberdeenshire Swim Team.
 
The Fins’ swimmers, who contested 110 swims returned another very good improvement rate of 71%, which although down on the previous weeks is still very acceptable. The clear majority of non PB swims were from swimmers who were just a few tenths of a second out on times that were set in the two previous competitions. 9 of the swimmers won a total of 27 medals – 7 gold, 11 silver, and 9 bronze, a further six swimmers gained a top 10 finish.
 
Except for the 50m swims, all events were heat declared winner, while the 50s were swum as heats and finals.
 
Top swimmer for Fins was Caitlyn Dodds, 15/16 girls’, who won 4 gold medals, 2 silver and a bronze. Caitlyn’s wins came in the 50m Freestyle; 50m Backstroke; 100m Butterfly and 200m Freestyle. Her silver medals came in the 100m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle, while her bronze medal was won in the 400m Freestyle. Caitlyn just missed a further medal finishing 4th in 100m Breaststroke. She also finished 5th in the in the 50m Breaststroke.
 
Arran Stowe, 17 and over boys, was next with a gold medal in the 200m Butterfly, plus a silver in the 100m Breaststroke. He also had three 4th places in the 50m Freestyle; 100m Backstroke and 100m Butterfly. Arran also had a 5th place in the 50m Butterfly.
 
Sam Lewis, 15/16 boys, won gold in the 50m Breaststroke. He also won two bronze medals in 100m and 200m Breaststroke and finished 8th in the 200m Freestyle
 
The final Gold Medal was won by Claire Thomson, 15/16 girls, in the 400m Individual Medley. She also finished 7th in the 100m Butterfly.
 
There were also four swimmers who won silver medals, and these were –
Kyle Pate, 17 and over boys, who won three, in the 50m Breaststroke; 50m Backstroke and 200m Butterfly. Kyle also won three bronze medals in the 50m Freestyle; and the 50m and 100m Butterfly.
 
Stephanie Strang, 17 and over girls, won two silver medals in the 100m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke and a bronze medal in the 50m Butterfly. In addition, she had three 4th place finishes, in the50m Backstroke; and both the 50m and 100m Freestyle.
 
Another double silver medal winner was Neža Dolenc-Luznar, 13/14 girls, in both the 100m and 200m Butterfly. She also had four more top 10 finishes – 4th in the 400m Freestyle; 6th in the 100m Freestyle, 7th in the 400m Individual Medley and 10th in the 200m Freestyle.
 
The final silver medal was won by Kirsty Davis, 15/16 girls, for the 200m Butterfly. Kirsty also won a bronze 400m Individual Medley; and was 4th in both the 50m and 100m Breaststroke; 8th in the 200m Breaststroke; 9th in the 200m Backstroke; and was 10th in the 50m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke.
 
The remaining bronze medal was won by Callum MacDonald, 15/16 boys, in the 100m Backstroke. He also finished 6th in the 50m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle; 8th in the 100m Freestyle and 9th in the 50m Freestyle.
 
The six swimmers to make a top ten placing were –
Michael Strang, 13/14 boys, 4th – 50m Butterfly; 5th in both the 100m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly; and 6th in both the 50m and 200m Freestyle.
Arwen McGloin, 11/12 girls, 7th – 100m Backstroke; 10th – 200m Backstroke
Tianna Pease, 15/16 girls, 7th – 400m Freestyle
Euan Pate, 17/O boys, 8th in both the 100m Breaststroke and 200m Freestyle; and 9th – 50m Breaststroke.
Megan Ovens, 15/16 girls, 9th – 50m Butterfly; 10th 50m Backstroke
Kimberley McCabe, 15/16 girls, 10th 400m Freestyle
 
The remaining three swimmers with their highest placing were –
Ben Lewis (13/14) – 12th; Julie Davidson (13/14) – 14th; Kelly Skye (13/14) 17th.
 
There were a lot of good PBs recorded around the 4 to 6 seconds’ mark, but there were some outstanding improvements. Top four improvements came from –
Euan – 26.85 seconds off his 50m Breaststroke; Kyle – 24.33 seconds off his 200m Butterfly; Tianna – 14.86 seconds off her 400m Freestyle; and Neža – 13.49 seconds off her 400m Individual Medley.
Two further improvements were in double figures.
 
Updated 2017-03-26 13:43:57 by Ken White