INCAS Distance Meet
Fins’ Swimmers had another successful weekend at the recent INCAS Distance Meet held at the Carnegie Centre over two days.
Thirteen swimmers participated and this resulted in one best girls award, one best boy award, 11 gold medals, 3 silver medals, 1 bronze medal and a further 11 swims making a top ten placing. Again the improvement rate was an impressive 79% and three of the seven swims that did not result in a PB won the event.
Fins’ swimmers also had a full podium when three swimmers finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the 13/14 girls 200m Freestyle.
Top swimmer for Fins was 13 year old Claire Thomson, 13/14 girls, who won six gold medals in the six events she swam in. The only one that was not a PB was her final swim of the weekend.
Claire gained gold in the 200m and 400m Individual Medley, 200m Butterfly and 200m, 400m and 1500m Freestyle. The 200m Butterfly and the 1500m Freestyle events were in the same session so this was a particularly tough schedule.
In addition to her six gold medals Claire was awarded the Best Girl Award in the 13/14 girls age group.
15 year old Kyle Pate also won a Best Boy Award in the 15 and over boys’ age group but this was a very closely contested award with, team mate, 16 year old Arran Stowe. Both boys won two gold medals and one silver medal so the Best Boy Award was decided on the most number of competitors in each of their Gold medal events. Kyle’s gold medals were won in the 200m Breaststroke and 400m Individual Medley, with his silver coming in the 400m Freestyle.
Arran’s two gold medals were won in the 400m and 1500m Freestyle and his silver in the 400m Individual Medley.
The remaining four events were all won by different swimmers.
The final gold medal for Fins was won by 15 year old Lewis O’Connor in the 200m Backstroke. Lewis also gained a 4th place in the 400m Individual Medley.
Kiara Mackay, 13/14 girls, won the final silver medal in the 200m Freestyle and the only Bronze medal was won Lucy Brice, 13/14 girls, in the 200m Freestyle. Lucy also finished 6th in the 200m Individual Medley.
The remaining top 10 finishes came from:
James Gray, 13/14 boys, 4th – 200m Freestyle and 400m Individual Medley; 5th – 1500m Freestyle
Sam Lewis, 13/14 boys, 6th – 200m Breaststroke and 200m Backstroke.
Kirsty Davis, 11/12 girls, 6th – 200m Individual Medley; 8th – 400m Freestyle
Ben Lewis, 11/12 boys, 8th – 200m Freestyle; 9th – 200m Backstroke
The three remaining swimmers who did not quite make a top ten finish but recorded very good PBs were Euan Pate (14); Erin O’Connor (11); Kimberley McCabe (12). Their highest placing was 11th, 11th and 14th respectively.
In terms of improvement there were some excellent PBs with ten of the 27 improvements in excess of 10 seconds.
The most improved swimmer was James who reduced his 1500m Freestyle by 1 minute 14.99 seconds and a more modest 28.37 seconds off his 400m Individual Medley.
The other top improvements came from:
Lewis – 33.53 seconds off his 200 Individual Medley
Sam – 18.54 seconds off his 200 Freestyle and 17.22 seconds off his 200m Backstroke.