Despite low numbers the atmosphere at the 2011 Scottish Senior Championships for physically disabled and visually impaired swimmers was excellent. As always there were a number of close finishes and excellent races.
The 50m back men class 1 produced an excellent race with Robert Dalgleish and Stefan Hoggan from Auchtermuchty and Carnegie SC battling it out from the start. In an exciting finish Stefan pulled away and clinched victory by just under 2 seconds. The pair saved their best race for the end of the day in the 100m free style front. It was neck and neck all the way with the swimmers being split by 0.01 or a second in Stefan’s favour. Stefan continued his excellent form into the second session with his sights set on the Scottish record held by the day’s commentator past Paralympian Paul Noble MBE. With Paul spurring him on over the microphone Stefan touched home in a time of 30.47, narrowly beating Paul’s record by 0.31 of a second.
The team trophy competition was dominated by Fife who opened up an early lead and never looked back, retaining the trophy by 33 points. Medals were presented by former Paralympic swimmer Adam Morley.
The Disability Sport Fife members who retained the Scottish Team title and two national relays were: Stefan Hoggan (Auchtermuchty), Mark Edgcumbe (Glenrothes), Craig Smith (Glenrothes), Michelle Hill (Strathmiglo), Katie Muir (Freuchie), Arthur Lawson (Glenrothes), Martin Tennant (Kelty), John Hick (Glenrothes) and Fraser Wilson (Cupar).