Janet gives a ‘Master’ class as Scottish records topple

Carnegie Masters swimmer Janet McLean, from Freuchie.
Carnegie Masters swimmer Janet McLean, from Freuchie.

Three Carnegie Masters were in action at the GB Long Course Masters in Swansea and once again Janet McLean from Freuchie demonstrated what a rare talent indeed she is.

Competing in the 40-44 age group, Janet set four Scottish records on her way to winning four silver and one bronze medal.

In her four Scottish record swims, Janet recorded fine times of 2:41.98 for 200m backstroke to win silver, 200m butterfly in 2:33.06 to win silver, 400m IM in 5:32.36 to win silver and finally 200m freestyle in 2:20.21 to win bronze.

Her final swim of the weekend earned her another silver medal for 400m freestyle in 4:57.03.

A spokesman for the Masters said of the local swimming ace: “Janet improves with every meet, confirming clearly that swimming is a life long activity.”

Craig Holmes from Kirkcaldy competed in the 30-34 age group and turned in fine performances in 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke with a best performance of the weekend of fifth place in 2:32.41 for 200m backstroke.

Lara Ferguson from Leslie also competed in the 30-34 age group, swam in four events and recorded top 10 finishes in all four with a best performance of 1:29.85 for 100m breaststroke to finish in fourth place.

The spokesman added that the Masters are certainly a side on the up.

He said: Elaine Gillies and Wendy Szaranek will hopefully return to the Carnegie Masters team for the Inverclyde Masters in September.

“This meet will be the preparation for the GB Short Course Championships in Sheffield at the end of October.

“The Masters are always on the lookout for new swimmers.

“We are delighted to report that Ashley Warrender, who gave age group swimming about eight years ago, has joined the group and is looking forward to her first Masters event.”