Pathway to the Top – 100m Butterfly
The next event we cover is noteworthy in that the female ranking contains the oldest club record dating back to December 1983. The 100m Butterfly record of 1 minute 4.64 seconds was set by the then Carole Lewis, sister of the current head coach, Ian, at the Scottish Championships. Carole is a former Scottish Junior and Senior International swimmer.
There is just one member of the current squads in the top 50 and that is Erin Taylor who currently sits in 3rd place with a time of 1 minute 6.20 seconds set at the Fife Leagues in February 2020, so not too far behind the record, and Erin just needs a 0.90 second improvement to move into 2nd place.
In order to move into the top 50 rankings, swimmers need to beat a time of 1 minute 16.60 seconds set by Sheila Simpson at an East District time trial in January 1988.
The record for the male 100m Butterfly is a bit more recent and was set by Greg Watson at the Scottish National Short Course Championships in December 1013. Greg’s time was 58.45 seconds, the only person from Fins to go under the one minute mark.
There are three members of the current squads in the top 50 – Mark Scott, Ben Lewis and Blair Wardlaw.
Mark sits in 14th place 6.62 seconds behind Greg, and a one second improvement would move him up to 8th place.
Next is Ben in 23rd place and a one second improvement would move him up to 21st.
Blair is currently in 43rd place and a one second improvement would move him up to 41st.
Those swimmers looking to enter the top 50 need to beat a time of 1 minute 14.23 seconds set by David McLaren at Larkhall in November 1994.
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