SUNDERLAND was the venue for this year’s Scottish National Age Group Championships.
Kinross Otters had more qualifiers than ever before with five individuals and one relay team. The most prominent of the Otters at present is Cameron Nelson, who managed to qualify for six separate swims in the 13 year old boys category. However, it was his best event, the 100m butterfly, where the sparks really began to fly.
Cameron produced the performance of his life in the heats smashing his personal best by over a second and a half to qualify quickest in 1.05.98. In the final Cameron took nothing for granted and sprinted to a lightening quick 29.97 seconds at the 50m point, which was half a second quicker than his heat and his fastest ever turn but still left him third quickest. In an amazing last 50m he actually overtook both swimmers to finish in a superb 1.04.13, taking an enormous 1.9 seconds off the personal best he had just set and winning by over half a second. The time was not only a club record but a Midland District record too and ranks him quickest in Scotland! This was quite simply the best swim by any Otter ever. No Otter has ever got a medal at these finals let alone being Scottish Age Group Champion.
Cameron continued his battle with the best and smashed personal bests all over the place coming second in the 200m butterfly in 2.24.16 in another Midland District record, third in the 100m backstroke in 1.09.34, fifth in the 400m Individual Medley in 5.17.12, sixth in the 200m individual medley (2.29.56) and seventh in the 100m Breaststroke (1.20.96).
The Otters party continued with storming performances from Conor McCormick (12) in the 10-12 year old boys 100m and 200m breaststroke where he qualified for both finals. He came sixth in both the 100m and 200m in excellent new personal bests of 1.25.64 and 3.01.32 respectively.
In the same events Rachel Brisbane (14) managed 21st in the 14 year old girls 100m (1.27.33) and 17th in the 200m (3.08.50). Niamh Mullen who has just turned 13 came 31st in the 13 year old girls 200m butterfly in 3.01.74 and Euan Boyle managed 41st in the 10-12 year old boys 200m backstroke in 2.55.78.
The Otters relay team was kept busy in the 10-14 year old boys category coming 12th in the 4 x 100m freestyle in 4.16.64 (Cameron Nelson, Aaron Gillon, Conor McCormick and Cameron McCloskey), 11th in the 4 x 200m freestyle in 9.34.39 (Cameron McCloskey, Aaron Gillon, Conor McCormick and Cameron Nelson) and 12th in the 4 x 100m medley relay in 5.06.29 (Cameron McCloskey, Aaron Gillon, Conor McCormick and Euan Boyle).