Swimming league season is still all to play for

Russell Laker; Freya McLelland; Isla Hedley.
Russell Laker; Freya McLelland; Isla Hedley.
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Step Rock swimmers have it all to play for when they travel to Glenrothes on May 11 for the final meet of the league season.

Both the boys and girls are currently in the top three in each of their age categories, with few points separating the top teams.

Last Sunday saw four youngsters, Russell Laker and Mirren Bell (backstroke), Freya McLelland (butterfly) and Isla Hedley (freestyle) gain the coveted flash award – a ‘speeding ticket’ for swimming too fast.

Lifetime best swims were achieved by Gregor Tyson, Sian Ritchie, Anna Dall and Bernat Tortajada, Daniel Wilson, Kirstin Spence and Josie Bell, Eilish Noble, Charlie Gillespie, Gillian Henderson, Amy Blyth, Hamish Noble, Charlie Gillespie and Gregor Tyson, Zander Laesecke and Catherine Simpson.

Six-year-old Freya Hedley also performed well.

The girls and boys nine-and-unders both emerged victorious in their relay races.

In the 10-12s, Hamish Findlay and Abbey Wallace held off strong competition to maintain their teams’ positions – Hamish by a mere 0.01s.

In the afternoon, attention turned to the Fife Leagues for the more experienced swimmers.

Anna Hedley got the team off to a winning start with a PB in the 50m backstroke.

Taking a clean sweep of PBs in the 100m breaststroke were Emily and Anna Malcomson, Mairi Gardner, Beth Constance, Isaac Laker and Robert Sparks. Arguably the Step Rock swim-of-the-afternoon saw Issy Olsen take five seconds off her 100m freestyle; PBs also in this event for Lauren Tyson, and Oliver and Robert Withers. Caitlin Blyth flew in her 100m butterfly to a new PB, with first-time markers set in this challenging event for Rachel Gibbins and Angus McCallum.

Robert Sparks and Kirstin McCallum also set new marks, this time in the 200m Individual Medley; Anna Hedley achieved a PB in the shorter 100m event.

Final PB of the day came from Laura McInnes.