Elite Fifers make a splash

Jordan Lamb and Lauren Pirouet
Jordan Lamb and Lauren Pirouet

TALENTED swimmers from the Fife Performance Swim Squad recently raced against some of the finest swimmers in the country at the Scottish National Short Course Championships in Edinburgh.

Sixteen-year-old Jordan Lamb of Fins excelled in the heats of the 200m backstroke, held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, and made the final, going on to swim a lifetime personal best and winning the title of Scottish Junior Champion in that event.

Overall, Jordan qualified for an A and two B finals and, in every race he competed, he set a new personal best time. His 19-year-old sister Nicola Lamb also made an A and two B finals, in the 200m backstroke, 400m and 200m freestyle.

Lauren Pirouet (13) of INcas finished with two third places in the 800m freestyle and the 400m freestyle.

Greg Watson (17) of Fins competed in six individual events and swam lifetime best swims in each race.

St Andrews Step Rock swimmer, 13-year-old Beth Constance, won both heats of her 400m and 800m freestyle, taking 10 seconds and 15 seconds respectively off each entry time.

Katie Johnstone (16) competed in five events and took a half second off her lifetime best in the 50m freestyle.

Age Group swimmers Arran Stowe, Greg Turner, Jack Harrison, Thomas Farrell and Callum McGregor all swam personal best times in their races and 18-year-old Ross Hunter, who recently joined the squad, swam in two events.

John Dougall, head coach of the squad, said: “This event was over three days and demanded high levels of application and fitness.

“This was the first major event on this year’s calendar and I am pleased so many swimmers enjoyed personal success in the races in which they competed, and particularly for Lauren and Jordan, who delivered when it counted.

“The majority of our swimmers train up to 18 hours a week to allow them to compete at the highest level in competitions both at regional and national level.”