Local swimmers give a master class in Sheffield

Elaine Gillies, Janet McLean, Lara Ferguson and Judy Hattle.
Elaine Gillies, Janet McLean, Lara Ferguson and Judy Hattle.
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The Carnegie Masters quartet of Judy Hattle, Janet McLean, Elaine Gillies and Lara Ferguson were in action once again at the ASA British Short Course Masters at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

The very talented Masters quartet swam personal best performances, set individual Scottish records and recorded another series of fine performances in the relay races in 160-199 years age group.

The quartet recorded fifth place finishes in the 4x50m freestyle in 2:01.64 and 4x100m freestyle in 4:28.53.

Their outstanding relay performance of the weekend was a silver medal win in 4x50m medley in a time of 2:16.24.

Janet McLean from Freuchie competes in the 40-44 age group and her weekend was successful with five medals including one gold and two silver and three Scottish Masters records.

Janet’s winning swim was in 200m freestyle in a time of 2:16.88 which not only won the gold but also earned her a New Masters national record.

Elaine Gillies from Glenrothes competes in the 45-49 age group.

Elaine competed in 50m and 100m freestyle achieving a very credible 7th position over the shorter distance in a time of 32.63. Elaine completed her weekend with a fine 12th place finish in the 50m breaststroke in 44.31.

Lara Ferguson from Leslie is the youngster of the quartet and competes in the 30-34 years age group.

Lara was delighted with her weekend as she recorded three personal best performances in 50m freestyle, 50m and 100 metres breaststroke. Her previous best performances were set eight years ago and she was delighted to record the kind of times she set at the height of her career as a Paralympic swimmer in Athens in 2004.

Lara is regarded as a specialist breaststroke swimmer and her personal best times in Sheffield were 39.21 for 50m and 1:25.11 for 100m.

Pictured (from left) are Elaine Gillies, Janet McLean, Lara Ferguson and Judy Hattle during the competition.