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Members of the Kintyre Amateur Swimming Club were delighted to resume competition once again at their annual club championships on Saturday afternoon.
With Covid-19 shrinking last year’s championships, swimmers were eager to run and put on a show for the limited number of spectators allowed to watch the 2021 event at Aqualibrium.
While the number of competitors was down compared to the 2019 championships, those who participated did not disappoint.
In an exciting start to the afternoon events, the 11 competitors in the women’s 200m freestyle set new personal bests.
Evie Judge won gold in the women’s 200m in 2: 20.00 and Angus Woods won the boys’ race with a new personal best of 2: 38.96.
In the backstroke events, 16-year-old Sophie McSporran took almost a second off her long-standing personal best in the 100 backstroke to finish first in 1: 11.68. under event.
Sophie Millar swam in under 30 seconds to win the girls eight under 25 breaststroke in 00:29:71, while Evie swam a fantastic run in the older girls out of 100 m where she clocked 1: 22.10.
Then came the butterfly events and there were strong swims from Carla Renton, who finished first in the girls 9-10 in 00:53:22, and Lucy McFadzean, who won gold in the 11 to 12 years old. one year old girls race in 00:42:60.
Medals and ribbons were handed out poolside throughout the afternoon’s competitions, providing swimmers with well-deserved breaks before the next races.
In the freestyle events, nine-year-old Kyle McQuaker was able to swim, reaching home in 00:41:48 over 50m, and Evie in the 100m for girls 13-14 where she had it. let go. personal best at 01: 04.53.
The latter afternoon’s events saw a number of Kintyre’s swimmers compete in their first individual medley, where the youngest swimmers competed in the 100m race.
No less than 15 girls took part in this event with exceptional swims.
Eight-year-old Niamh and Sophie both finished in the top six, winning the fifth and sixth ribbons respectively, which was a huge achievement.
After an exciting 100m individual medley for the boys, the older girls went to the pool one last time for the 200m event.
The first three girls finished in under two minutes and 50 seconds, with Evie, Sophie and Emma Millar finishing first, second and third.
With free time, all of the swimmers completed the club championships with a 50m freestyle event which saw two outstanding runs from Emma, 13, and Evie, 14, both of whom swam distance in less than 30 seconds.
Emma recorded 00:29:66 and Evie 00:29:16, the first time either had crossed the magic 30-second mark in this event.
The afternoon presentations were complemented by the presentation of the club championship trophies in each age category.
The winners were: Girls ages eight and under: Niamh McSporran. Girls aged 9 to 10: Carla Renton. Boys ages 9 to 10: Kyle McQuaker. Girls 11 to 12: Lucy McFadzean. Boys aged 11 to 12: Angus Woods. Girls aged 13 to 14: Evie Judge. Boys aged 13 to 14: Gregor Craig. Girls 15 and over: Sophie McSporran.
This weekend, Evie will attend the Tollcross International Swimming Center, with head coach Stuart McQuaker, as part of the Scottish Swimming Junior Academy.
The day will be their first face-to-face session hosted by Scottish Swimming in some time after many online sessions and workshops.