Swimmers shatter personal bests

Lewis Baillie with his bronze medal
Lewis Baillie with his bronze medal

A squad of 12 swimmers from Cupar and District Swimming Club travelled to the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh to take part in the East District Long Course Championships.

The swimmers produced some excellent swims and lifetime bests which, given that they have just returned to training after the winter break, is a solid result.

Cameron McMaster finished tenth overall in the 12 and under 100m breaststroke, putting in a strong display in his first ever long course race.

Lewis Baillie (14) swam a PB in his breaststroke heat, then took another three seconds off in the final to take the bronze medal.

This now gives Lewis a qualifying time for the Scottish National Age Groups to be held at the Aquatics Centre in Aberdeen in April.

Adam Young, swimming in the 12 and under age group, produced a flood of top class swims, achieving qualifying times for the Scottish Nationals in 100m front crawl, backstroke and butterfly.

He already has consideration times for 100m breaststroke.

His 1.08.30 swim time for 100m front crawl places him as the second fastest 11-yr-old boy in the district.

He also produced a very good consideration time for the 200m IM which is within half a second off the qualifying standard.

Findlay Baillie managed to produce a PB in a super 100m front crawl race.

Oliver Carter also produced two long course PBs for his 100m frontcrawl and 200m IM.

Katie Ross (15) achieved a PB for her 100m backstroke and Corrie Hay was also on form, achieving three PBs in her individual races as well as producing two great swims in the girls’ 12 and under 200m relays.

“I am very proud of how well both our boys and girls did in the relays,” said Mark Laing, Cupar’s head coach.

“The effort they put in across the board shows that we are developing depth in our swimming squads and producing competitive teams to race.”

Several of the swimmers are part of North East Fife Performance, a joint training venture between Cupar and Step Rock in St Andrews.

The extra training offered is starting to pay dividends.