Seven Fins’ swimmers qualified for the top age group competition in Scotland, held in the 10 lane 50m pool at the Aberdeen Sports Village from 10th to 14th April 2024.


Unfortunately, there were no medal winners, on this occasion, although two swimmers just missed out. The swimmers contested a total of 31 swims, 15 of which resulted in progression to the finals, or equivalent, as the 800m and 1500m freestyle, in all age categories, and all the 400m events in the two younger age categories were heat declared events.

The swimmers also recorded 25 long course PBs with the three largest coming from Adam Selbie, 14 years boys, 32.89 seconds off his 400m freestyle 9.11 seconds off his 200m backstroke, and 8.79 seconds off his 200m freestyle.


Fins top achiever was Ethan Pate, 11 to 13 years, who was 4th in the 1500m freestyle, 6th in both the 800m freestyle and 200m butterfly, and 10th in the 400m individual Medley. Ethan’s other swims saw him finish 11th – 400m freestyle; 12th – 200m freestyle, 13th – 200m individual medley, and 14th – 100m butterfly.


The other swimmer to just miss out on a medal was Adam who was 4th in the 200m backstroke. He was also 7th in the 100m backstroke and 10th in the 400m freestyle. Adam’s other swims were 13th – 200m freestyle, 14th – 400m individual medley and 18th – 200m individual medley.


Kristin Mackay, 16 years girls, had four top 10 placings, finishing 5th in the 1500m freestyle, 7th in the 400m freestyle, 8th in the 400m individual medley and 10th in the 200m butterfly. Kirstin also finished 12th in the 200m breaststroke.


Also, with 4 top 10 finished was Caleb Gray, 11 to 13 boys, who was 6th in the 1500m freestyle, 8th in the 800m freestyle and 9th in both the 400m individual medley and the 200m butterfly. Caleb’s other swims were 13th – 400m freestyle, 14tj – 200m freestyle, and 18th 200m individual medley.


The remaining three swimmers finished as follows:

Irys Blair, 14 girls, 16th – 200m backstroke, 21st – 100m backstroke

Lilian Blair, 11 to 13 girls, 29th – 200m breaststroke, 34th – 100m breaststroke. However, Lilian is still a 12 year old and was 4th 12 year old in both events.

Steven Pate, 17/18 boys, 31st – 200m breaststroke.

Irys, Ethan, Steven, and Adam

Club Information

As mentioned earlier in the report there were 25 long course PBs recorded at SNAGS, which in turn means movement and entries in the developing long course top 50 rankings, and there were some swims where, despite the swimmer achieving a PB, it was not accompanied by a movement in the rankings.


This was certainly the case with the swimmer who moved to the highest position in the rankings, Adam, who recorded a PB in all six swims, moving from 10th place to 4th in the 200m backstroke, from 14th to  9th in the 200m freestyle, 13th to 9th in the 400m freestyle, and entered the 400m individual medley in 10th place, as this was the first time he competed in the event in a long course setting.


The next highest position was achieved by Ethan. In fact, he had two entries in 6th place, and they came in the 800m and 1500m freestyle. Ethan moved from 8th to 7th in the 200m butterfly with an 8.24 second PB. He had another entry in the 400m individual medley in 12th place, and moved from 20th to 14th in the 200m freestyle and from 20th to 19th in the 200m individual medley.


Another swimmer with two entries was Caleb, who is 7th in both the 800m and 1500m freestyle. Caleb moved from 10th to 9th in the 200m butterfly with a 7.12 second PB, he also entered in 11th place in the 400m individual medley, and 12th in the 400m freestyle, and a final movement from 19th to 15th in the 200m freestyle.


Irys moved from 24th to 15th in the 100m backstroke, with a 6.01 second PB


Lilian entered in 15th in the 200m breaststroke.



Ken White

Club Press Officer