Increased pool time benefits swimmers

All Step Rock swimmers who competed at the two events, but missing from photo are Robert and Oliver Withers.
All Step Rock swimmers who competed at the two events, but missing from photo are Robert and Oliver Withers.

Step Rock swimmers travelled to the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh for the East District Age Group Championships.

It was a high level meet and, for most, a first opportunity to compete in a 50m pool.

Star performer for the club was 14-year old Robert Withers, swimming to PBs in all of his four events, including a superb five second PB in the 100m butterfly. Younger brother, Oliver swam well in his three events, with a PB in the 100m freestyle.

Mairi Noble raced to PBs in each of her two events.

Anna Malcomson swam a determined 100m freestyle, marginally off her best but making an excellent long course debut.

Issy Olsen, one of only two who had previously swum at the RCP, took an impressive nine seconds off her 2014 100m butterfly time.

Jessica Buckett and Anna Hedley each had good swims in the 100m backstroke.

Next up for the team was the Carnegie Graded Meet, with entries from 29 clubs from across Scotland.

Step Rock swimmers who qualified for this meet were: Hamish and Mairi Noble; Anna Hedley; Anna and Emily Malcomson; and Josie Bell. Mairi and Josie swam to PBs in the 100m breaststroke, Josie by 13 seconds.

Following first ever swims in the 400m freestyle, Anna Malcomson added a 16-second PB in the 100m butterfly whilst sister Emily gained a six second PB in the 100m breaststroke to secure a fantastic fifth place medal.

A 13-second PB in the 400 freestyle was a springboard to further success for Anna Hedley, taking a surprise gold medal in the 100m backstroke with a four second PB to add to two other PB swims that weekend.

A spokesman for the club said: “Notably several coaches, including some from much bigger Edinburgh clubs, complimented the swimmers on their turns and technique, exemplifying their dedication in training and that of head coach, Mark Keracher.

“Several swimmers are now also training regularly with the NE Fife squad, coached by Russ Green.

“The benefits of this are evident, as are those from the two hour Sunday session at East Sands, which for the first time, is allowing our swimmers to at least compete with other swimmers from elsewhere in Fife whose clubs have crucially more pool time.”