Fins Competitive Swim Club
The final competition of 2022 was held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh from 9 – 11 December inclusive. The Scottish National Short Course Championships, which is a senior open event, attracted a large contingent of swimmers from south of the border, including Olympic and Commonwealth Games representatives, mainly from the large University and City Teams and of the 34 events on offer they tended to be dominant in the ‘A’ Final in 21 of those events, although there were several Scottish successes including some Scottish Junior records recorded, which is for Girls 16 and under and boys 17 and under. Overall, the meet produced a high standard of swimming.
Fins’ sole representative was, 17 year old, Erin Taylor, from Kirkcaldy, who finished the year on a high by qualifying for three ‘B’ finals, recording two Fins’ Club records and just missed out on a third by 0.05 seconds, brining her total of Club records set in the year to twelve, and hopefully she will keep on improving next year. Erin’s top finish came in the 200m Breaststroke where she finished 2nd in the ‘B’ final, 10th overall, in a time of 2 minutes 31.38 seconds reducing her own club record, set at the Scottish East District Age Group Championships in February this year, by 3.64 seconds, and this will rank her 2nd 17 year old in Scotland behind Nula Gow of Garioch, but Erin also managed to close the gap between them. Erin also finished 3rd in the ‘B’ final of the 100m breaststroke, 11th overall, and just missed out on a PB by 0.05 seconds which she set representing the Scottish East District in the Inter Counties Championships at Sheffield in October this year, so she remains ranked in 3rd place 17 year old in Scotland. Erin’s third final; was in the 400m individual medley where she finished 5th in the ‘B’ final, 13th overall. Erin set a new club record in the morning heats and reduced her time even further in the ‘B’ final in the evening. Erin went under the 5 minute mark for the first time just two weeks ago and in her final she recorded a time of 4 minutes 57.13 seconds giving her a PB of 2.80 seconds. The previous record was set by Nicola Lamb at the Scottish East District Championships in November 2012 and Erin’s time reduced the record by 2.03 seconds. This time will also rank her 3rd 17 year old in Scotland behind Commonwealth Games swimmer Holly McGill, Heart of Midlothian and Nula Gow. Considering the level of competition from senior swimmers Erin did exceptionally well and was the only Fife swimmer to qualify for the finals.