Fins swimmers make a splash at Championships

Greg Watson Fins and Edinburgh University swimmer
Greg Watson Fins and Edinburgh University swimmer

Five Fins swimmers qualified for the Scottish National Short Course Championships held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh from Friday to Sunday.

The standard of entry was extremely high with numerous Olympic and Commonwealth medallists on show, from both north and south of the border, plus a very strong club from Belgium which included a current Belgian record holder.

Personal bests were hard to come by for Fins swimmers, with just six from the 16 swims they competed in.

However it is very difficult to maintain an ongoing improvement at this level and all bar two of the swims were either PBs or less than one second outside.

Fins top swimmer was Greg Watson who, although still a Fins’ member, now competes at the top level competitions for Edinburgh University.

The 19-year-old qualified through to two ‘A’ finals finishing seventh in the 50m butterfly with a 0.37 second PB in a time of 24.94 seconds and eighth in the 50m freestyle, just two one hundredths of a second outside his PB and club record which he set in November.

In the 50m butterfly Greg set a new Fins club record beating his own time that he set in the same competition in 2013.

Greg had another club record at the weekend but despite a PB of 1.33 seconds he did not manage to make the ‘B’ final of the 100m freestyle.

His time of 51.22 seconds beat the previous Fins record set by Scottish Schools internationalist, Nathan Lamond, at Glenrothes in May 2004, by 1.20 seconds.

The largest improvement of the weekend came from 17-year-old Thomas Farrell who reduced his previous best time for the 100m backstroke by 2.15 seconds, which is quite an improvement to make at this level.

The other swimmers who qualified for the Championships were: Callum MacGregor (16), Greg Turner (16) and Kieran
Pate (17).