Castle Semple Country Park, Lochwinnoch, was the venue for the 2024 Scottish National Open Water Swimming Championships, held on 15 and 16 June 2024.



Kirkcaldy based, Fins Competitive Swim Club, had five of their top age group open water swimmers entered for the championships and again had a relatively successful weekend with one runner-up plus one bronze medal and a swimmer just missing out on a bronze medal, and it could have been even better.


The Fins’ swimmer to achieve a runner-up spot, and a silver medal, was Lilian Blair in the 11/12 years female 1 Km event, finishing behind Ailsa Macpherson of Garioch, and In the Open event, all ages – including seniors, Lilian finished 29th.




Kristin Mackay, 15/16 years female, won a bronze medal in the, 2 Km event finishing behind Coco Croxford of East Kilbride, and Lucy Hall of East Lothian. Kristin was 7th in the Open, which is quite an achievement.


Just Missing out on a medal, and the only swimmer to compete on both days, was Caleb Gray, 13/14 years male, who finished 4th in the 1 Km on the Sunday, 12th in the Open. This followed his 5th place in the 2 Km on the Saturday, 24th in the Open.

Caleb will still be able to compete in the same age group next year, so overall a very good result.


Irys Blair, 13/14 female, finished in 13th place in the 1 Km, 21st in the open.



The 5th swimmer, Adam Selbie 13/14 male, was lying 2nd in the 2Km with a comfortable lead over the 3rd place swimmer, with less than a kilometre to go when he had to be pulled out by the crew of the safety boat when he was adversely affected by the water temperature. So, quite a disappointment for Adam as he looked certain to take the runner-up spot.

Ken White,

Club Press Officer