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Kirsty sets her sights on Glasgow

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Kirsty Simpson - Bell Baxter pupil who will be attempting to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics - at Bell Baxter HS, Cupar

0912033 SSHC kirsty simpson Kirsty Simpson - Bell Baxter pupil who will be attempting to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics - at Bell Baxter HS, Cupar

CUPAR swimmer Kirsty Simpson (pictured above) put in two excellent performances in the Olympic qualifiers at the London Aquatics Centre.

Kirsty (15) set a new personal best in the 100m backstroke and came close to beating her own quickest time in the 200m event.

Although she missed out on qualification, Kirsty was among the top performers for her age group and has set her sights on making the Scottish squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

In a strong field including world champion and world record holder Gemma Spofforth, Bell Baxter pupil Kirsty clocked 1:04.93 in the 100m backstroke. That personal best time put her 39th overall and 20th among UK athletes, with the top 16 Brits going through to the semi-finals.

She then came 40th overall in the 200m backstroke in a time of 2:20.38.

Next month she will compete in the Scottish Age Group Championships before travelling to Eindhoven with the Scottish Gold Squad for a training camp ahead of the European Junior Championships qualifiers.

 
 
 

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