Gold rush for Glenrothes swimmers

Glenrothes swimmers at Carnegie Meet
Glenrothes swimmers at Carnegie Meet

Glenrothes ASC swimmers had a successful day at the Carnegie Graded Meet last Sunday. It’s the second gala in as many outings where the team have come home with an award.

After receiving the George Donn trophy at the Fife Championships in September, the team collected the Best Visiting Club award at the Carnegie Meet, a notable start to the season for the club’s head coach Joanna Laing who was appointed in September.
The team of 22 swimmers recorded 44 personal bests in their swims while collecting 14 gold medals, 10 silvers, 11 bronze and 2 “too fast” awards.

In the youngest age group Katie Low received a gold medal as a reward for an outstanding pb in the 100m breaststroke as well as a bronze for both the 100m IM and free.

Amy Smith finished in second place in the 100m backstroke in the same age group.

The Glenrothes boys were dominant in the 12-13 year age group, with 21 pb’s between them.

Saif Azzam won gold in the 50m free, with team mate Angus Kennedy finishing in second place after winning the 50m back in the morning session.

Ryan King had an outstanding day, a pb in every swim meant he was awarded a “too fast award” for his 100m fly, gold in 200m IM and gold in 100m free.

Callum Lindsay brought home the gold in the 100m backstroke, and bronze in the 100m free, and 3 pb’s from 3 swims.

Further golds for the boys came from Ross Pitblado in the 100m fly, and Adam Younger in the 100m breaststroke, with Adam also finishing in third place in the 100m backstroke. 4 pb’s for David Smyth in all 4 of the 100m events and a bronze for the 100m fly and breaststroke completed the boys medal haul in that age group.

The 14 and overs also had a particularly successful day, with Harris MacDonald winning a silver medal in all 3 of his swims and recording a new personal best in the 100m free, back and fly.

Leo Tulloch swam under 30 for 50m free for the first time to win a “too fast” award to add to a bronze for his 100m breaststroke.

In the girls 14 and over events Charlotte Williamson was swimming for Glenrothes for the first time and added to the team’s points with a win in the 100m breaststroke and a silver in the 100m backstroke.

Katie Wason had a tremendous day with a personal best in the 100m free and 100m fly earning her first place in both events and a silver in her 200m IM.

The girls had a rare 1,2,3 in the 50m fly where all swimmers on the podium were from GASC, with Emma Tulloch taking the gold, Shannon Reekie the silver and Cerys Wightman the bronze.

Emma also won the 50m breaststroke and Shannon finished in second place in the 50m free, and third in the 50m back and 100m free.

Sophie Mearns finished in top place in the 50m back and second in the 100m breast, while taking bronze in the 50m back, proving a very successful day in the sprint events for the girls in this age group.

Personal bests were also achieved by Khayri Azzam, Cameron Blair, Alex Shearer and Charlie Williamson.

Great team spirit from the swimmers throughout the day was infectious and the performances were certainly encouraging for the next quarter, which sees the first round of this year’s East District Age Group Championships kick off in November.