Glenrothes swimmers hit top form to win British titles

Lucy Walkup and Craig Smith
Lucy Walkup and Craig Smith

Glenrothes swimmers Lucy Walkup and Craig Smith were in top form at the 2014 British Junior Championships for swimmers with a disability, held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield last week.

Lucy, who trains with Carnegie Swimming Club in Dunfermline, produced some excellent times, set two personal best performances and in her favoured 100m breaststroke won the British title in 1 minute 16.75 seconds.

Lucy’s other outstanding swims were 1:02.23 in finishing third in 100m freestyle and 1:10.78 in finishing third in 100 individual medley. These swims were personal bests by 1.4 and 1.0 seconds respectively.

Lucy completed her outstanding weekend with a silver medal in 100m butterfly in 1:12.11 and a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle in 28.95.

The Auchmuty High School pupil is one of the country’s leading deaf swimmers and she rounded off her weekend with a 4x100m medley relay gold medal where she swam butterfly and a 4x100m freestyle silver medal.

Craig Smith, from Glenrothes and FINS, had his most successful weekend at a British Championship event to date.

Craig’s outstanding performance was in the 400m freestyle which he won in 5 minutes 27.41 seconds to claim his first ever British title.

His time was a very significant personal best and he followed this up with a bronze medal in 100m freestyle in 1:15.40 to record a 1.0 second PB.

Craig’s 50m freestyle time was 33.88 in finishing fourth in the S8 class but this also was a personal best by 0.2 seconds.

The Glenrothes High School teenager completed his weekend by leading off the Scottish 4x100m freestyle relay which won silver in 1:13.64, a personal best for the Scots by 1.8 seconds.