Success of summer competitions for the Carnegie Swimming Club

The TALENTED young members of the Carnegie Swimming Club had a busy end to the season with impressive performances in various competitions.

Edinburgh’s Eastern District ‘Summer Sizzler’ event, held in a 50-metre pool, saw many of the 40-member team, from club sharks to junior performance teams, compete for the first time .

Freya Kealing led their star performances; in the 11-12 age group, she finished first in the 50m and 100m butterfly and 50m backstroke, as well as second in the 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke.

Fraser Muir, in the same age group, topped the standings in the 50m and 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke, and was second in the 100m butterfly, while Ara Gill was second in the 50m freestyle .

The 13-14 age group saw James Kilpatrick place second in the 50m backstroke, while Nathan Wilson, a swimmer in the 15-16 age group, finished first in the 100m butterfly.

Evina Kasapidis was first in the 17+ 50m breaststroke and third in the 100m butterfly, while Taran Murphy was second and third respectively in the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

There were 11-12 (Fraser Muir, Julian Szot, Freya Kealing and Ara Gill) and 15-16 (Nathan Wilson, Iona Kasapidis, Zara Innes and Lewis Muir) 4x100m medley relays for Carnegie, while the 15- 16 (Calder Murphy, Iona Kasapidis, Hannah Anderson and Lewis Muir) also won the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Carnegie ended their successful encounter by winning the ‘canon’ 8x50m relay, which involved one male and one female swimmer from each group, with Taran Murphy, Fraser Muir, Lexie O’Brien, Julian Szot, Freya Kealing, Evina Kasapidis, Iona Kasapidis and Calder Murphy taking to the water.

The Scottish Open, at the Aberdeen Sports Village, followed a week later and 10 swimmers from Carnegie took part, alongside some members of Team Scotland, who went on to compete in the Commonwealth Games.

All who participated swam personal bests in the long course, while Katie Pake, who also competed in the 100m backstroke multiple ranking event at the British Summer Championships in Sheffield, came 14th overall and just missed out on a place in the final. , and Cameron Hemphill have made the final in each of their multi-class events.

The Scottish National Open Water Championships, held in Dundee, were also successful for the club.

Masters swimmer Janet McLean placed first in her age group – and eighth overall – in the 2km race, while Zara Innes, who alongside Gemma Brown attempted the 1km race in open water for only the second time, finished second in the 14-15 age group. age group, with Gemma also finishing in the top eight.

He was then back in Aberdeen for the Scottish Summer Meet and James Kilpatrick, in the 12-13 age group, won five gold medals.

He triumphed in the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, as well as the 100m and 200m backstroke, and also won a silver medal in the 200m individual medley and a bronze medal in the 400m medley. free.

Gemma Brown, in the 15-year-old category, qualified for five finals; the 200m butterfly, where she placed fourth; the 100m butterfly (fifth); the 50m butterfly (seventh); the 200m individual medley (ninth); and the 100m backstroke (10th), while finishing ninth in the 400m individual medley.

Also in the 15-year-old age group, Nathan Wilson finished fifth in the 50m backstroke and 10th in the 400m individual medley, while Jaden Chan advanced to all three breaststroke finals, finishing eighth. in the 50m, fourth in the 100m. , and 10th in the 200m.

Iona Kasapidis was eighth in the 200m butterfly and her 17-year-old sister Evina ninth in the 100m breaststroke, while Fraser Muir, Lexie O’Brien, Katie Wells, Calder Murphy and Lewis Muir all improved their entry positions .