Two Fins’ swimmers qualified for the top short course event in Scotland, the Scottish National Short Course and Open 2023, held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh, from 8th to 10th December 2023.

There was a full entry for the event with 93 Clubs/Teams taking part with 45 coming from England plus one from Wales.

There were mixed fortunes for the two swimmers with 18 year old Erin Taylor competing in six events  and making it through to three ‘B’ finals, and just missing out on a fourth by just 2 hundredths of a second.

Erin’s top swim was the 200m butterfly where she finished 3rd in the ‘B’ final, 11th overall, recording her only PB at the meet of 1.99 seconds. Erin’s time of 2 minutes 22.26 seconds ranks her 1st in the18 year old girls’ Scottish rankings, which will last for 21 days as single year rankings stop at 18. Come the 1st January 2024 Erin’s rankings will be in the Open category which covers all ages and her time will rank her 6th in Scotland  It also just falls short of another Fins’ club record, one of the oldest, by just 0.67 seconds, which is still held by former Scottish senior internationalist, Carole Lewis, who set the record in December 1985.

Erin was also 3rd in the ‘B’ final of the 400m individual medley, just missing out on her PB by 0.37 seconds. However, her time of 4 minutes 57.53 seconds still ranks her at the top of the current 18 years girls’ rankings, and she is now 8th in the Open rankings.

In the 200m breaststroke Erin was 4th in the ‘B’ final, 2.06 seconds outside her PB and is ranked 2nd 18 year old and 7th in the Scottish Open rankings.

Erin just missed out on a ‘B’ final place in the 100m breaststroke finishing 17th, and was also 21st in the 200m individual medley and 22nd in the 50m breaststroke.

Kristin @ SNSC


The second swimmer was 15 year old Kristin Mackay, who just turned 15 last month.

She qualified for the event in 2022 but was unable to compete due to illness. Once again, this year she was suffering from a chesty cough but had a go at her first event, the 400m individual medley, where she struggled. 



Unfortunately, Kristin had to withdraw from her remaining two events, the 200m butterfly and the 1500m freestyle. She was particularly disappointed about the 1500m freestyle as she recorded the third fastest time in Scotland by a 15 year old girl, at the Scottish East District Championships, on 25 November 2023, and she still ranks 3rd in the 15 years girls’ Scottish rankings.