Student sets the gold standard in the capital

Kirsty Simspon
Kirsty Simspon

Cupar swimmer Kirsty Simpson is continuing to make a splash at top class domestic events.

The 20-year-old law and management student at Robert Gordon University has long been prolific in the pool and at the weekend added to her extensive medal collection.

Kirsty was part of the East District Grand Prix meet at the Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

And again she proved her class, swimming in seven events and making finals for all of them.

She broke five personal best times at the event, won five golds a sliver and a bronze.

Her full record was as follows:

Gold 50m free - 26.15

Gold 50m fly - 27.60 ( PB)

Gold 100m free - 56.78 ( PB)

Gold 100m back - 1.01.97

Gold 200m back - 2.13.28 (PB)

Silver 50m back - 28.88 (PB)

Bronze 100 fly - 1.00.99 (PB).

Kirsty has been selected to the Scottish Team which is currently competing in Indianapolis at the Arena Pro Swim Series .

This event will be followed for Kirsty by a national team training camp in Sarasota, Florida.

Swimmers were selected for this meet/ camp based on their FINA points.

The national coach , Alan Lynn said: “The trip is the first opportunity to establish the kind of environment and culture we want to develop for the national team leading into the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia just under two years from now.

“Learning and resilience will be key themes of the trip alongside a focus on technical excellence.”

With the Commonwealth Games just a couple of years away, Kirsty is very much on target to make the Scottish side.

Last year she was selected to travel with a Scottish Swimming squad to Perth, Australia, in order to prepare for the Commonwealth and Olympic Games trials.

Kirsty started swimming aged 10 and took part in her first Scottish National Age Group championships four years later.

Special thanks have been extended to Vince Fusaro of Luvians for his continued support of Kirsty who went to Bell Baxter High School when staying in Cupar.