THERE was medal cheer for Carnegie Swimming Club as they enjoyed a sparkling return to national competition.
A total of 15 members, aged between 12 and 17, most of whom were taking part in a five-day event at such a level for the first time, traveled to Glasgow to compete in the Scottish Age Group National Championships and came back with six medals including three gold.
These were collected by 13-year-old James Kilpatrick, who finished first in the 11-13 age group 50m butterfly, 200m backstroke and 100m butterfly, while he also took silver in the 100m backstroke and 200m butterfly, and a bronze medal in the 400m. individual mix.
The competition, held for the first time since 2019, also saw a fourth-place finish in the 200m butterfly over 15 years for Zara Innes, with Gemma Brown placing seventh, while they reached the 400m finals respectively. individual medley and 100m butterfly, where they each finished eighth. .
Jaden Chan was also a finalist, placing sixth in the 15-year-old 50m breaststroke, while the Carnegie team was rounded out by Hebe Weavers, Iona Kasapidis, Millie Sullivan, Katie Wells, Lexie O’Brien, Nathan Wilson, Calder Murphy, Lewis Muir, Ollie Weavers, Ollie Wishart and Fraser Muir, with club head coach Susan Taylor delighted with their performances.
Further success followed for some of the club’s youngest swimmers at the Tranent Ranking Gala, held in Prestonpans, with silver medals won by Abi Deacon (100m backstroke), Caitlin Adamson (100m breaststroke) and Fraser Muir (100m butterfly).
Abi and Fraser, along with Isla Stewart, Freya Kealing, Georgia Adamson and Lexie O’Brien, all won prizes for swimming “too fast”.
Fife’s popular leagues also made a comeback after three years, with young swimmers competing and excelling in the Novice League, which was, for many, their first experience of competitive swimming, before some of the older competitors and more experienced members of the club do take on water in events over 50m, 100m and 200m.
This then led to Carnegie, on the weekend of May 21-22, hosting its first gala in three years.
Aimed at swimmers aged 8 to 14, the popular meet attracted clubs from across Fife and East Central Scotland, and over 40 local club members took part, winning a host of medals and lifetime records.
Additionally, the club was also fortunate to have a visit from 2014 Commonwealth Games 200m breaststroke winner Ross Murdoch as part of the award for being crowned Scottish Swimming Club of the Year in 2021.
The University of Stirling star treated members to a master class in his discipline, as well as a Q&A and autograph session, with Carnegie chairman Ed O’Brien commenting: ” It was a great afternoon. It’s been so good for the club this year to have been named Club of the Year.”