Swimmers excel to win national titles

Tain Bruce, Fife Performance Swim Squad
Tain Bruce, Fife Performance Swim Squad

FIFE swimmers produced an outstanding performance at the Scottish National Age Group Championships held in Sunderland last week.

Head Coach, John Dougall, and his team of 19 swimmers from the Fife Performance Swim Squad finished 10th out of 45 teams at the major meet of the season, but it was the 90 per cent improvement rate from the 112 individual swims that really stood out.

Apart from moving swimmers up the rankings, the outcome was six National Age Group titles, two Scottish East District Junior records and four Scottish East District Age Group records, plus 11 other medals and a total of 44 top ten finishes.

Four of the national titles went to one swimmer, 13-year-old Tain Bruce of InCAS, who was the first placed Scottish swimmer in the 100m and 200m butterfly, and the 200m and 400m individual medley.

Twelve-year-old Lauren Pirouet of InCAS won the 10 to 12 years girls 1500m freestyle establishing a new Scottish East District record time of 18 minutes 18.15 seconds, reducing her own previous best by almost 40 seconds and the record, set three years ago, by over four seconds.

Lauren also claimed silver medals in both the 800m freestyle and the 200m backstroke, where her time of 2 minutes 32.80 seconds gave her another Scottish East District record by just under 0.5 seconds. She also added a further four medals to her collection by winning bronze in 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle and the 100m backstroke.

The remaining title went to 15-year-old Cardenden lad Jordan Lamb of Fins, who won the 200m backstroke to set a new Scottish East District Junior record (U17) and Age Group record (15 years). His time of 2 minutes 8.41 seconds broke his own previous Age Group record and the Junior record set at the Olympic Trials just last month.

Jordan just missed out on a second title in the 100m backstroke where he won the silver medal, however his time of 59.63 seconds was another Scottish East District Age Group and Junior record, set back in 1996. Jordan made it a full complement of medals by winning bronze in the 200m individual medley.

Just missing out on becoming a Scottish Age Group champion was Greg Watson (16), from Kirkcaldy club Fins. Greg had an outstanding swim to finish in the silver medal position in the 100m freestyle final where he recorded a two second personal best, an exceptional achievement at this level of swimming, propelling him from 10th to second in the age group rankings.

He also won two bronze medals in the 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly.

Just missing out on a medal was Arran Stow (13) of Fins who finished in fourth place in the 800m freestyle.

The remaining top 10 finishers were Katie Johnston (16) of Fins, Louise Feenie (15) of Glenrothes, Callum MacGregor (14) of Fins and Greg Turner (13) of Burntisland. In addition to the individual swims Fife Performance Relay teams were also in action, and just misseed out on medals.