Kirkintilloch swimmers among the medals...

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REFRESHED from their summer holidays a large contingent of Kirkintilloch and Kilsyth swimmers competed in the local Cumbernauld swim meet at the Tryst recently.

On the Saturday Jennifer Muir set five personal bests and won four medals with gold in the 11-year-old 50m breaststroke, silvers in the 100IM and 200m freestyle, and bronze in the 50m freestyle. Amy Gulline swam a great 200m freestyle to finish in third place.

Cormac Ferguson continued the excellent showing, winning the nine-and-under 200m freestyle in an excellent 3:14.94 and also winning the 50m freestyle in 37.29s. Rachel Gilchrist, Amy Gulline and Cameron Vallely all had top six places in their events.

With many competing in their first competition, personal bests were set by Thomas Donald, Erin Gribben, Mhairi MacFarlane, Abby McDuff, Reece Patrick, Grant Smith, Elena Walker, Carly Watson and Ellie Watson.

A total of 18 Kirkintilloch and Kilsyth swimmers got on their marks on the Sunday and were rewarded with 15 medals. Emma Scobie took two gold medals in the 100m IM, where she set a club record, and the 50m backstroke, and two bronze medals in the 50m and 200m freestyle.

Connor Gulline took two silvers and a bronze medal in the 200m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle. David Greechan set a new personal best of 28.61s when winning the 50m freestyle and an excellent personal best of 36.75s when taking silver in the 50m breaststroke.

On his first return to competition, Gordon Airlie made it through to four finals and came away with four personal best times in the 50m freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly – winning gold in the butterfly and silver in the backstroke.

Heather Lees had excellent swims with five personal bests in the 100m IM where she set a club record, 50m breaststroke, 50m backstroke, 50m and 200m freestyle – taking silver in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m IM.

Greg Milburn took third place in the 50m butterfly and made the final of the 50m backstroke, and Emma Smith swam a personal best in the 50m butterfly to make the final where she finished fifth.

Holly Bankier, Liam Campbell, Bronagh Ferguson, Rachel Hogg, Connie MacFarlane, Kirstin MacLaren, Katie McDonald, Jennifer Noble, Eleanor Romanes, Christopher Scobie and Raeanu Taggart set 24 personal bests between them on another excellent day for Kirkintilloch and Kilsyth swimmers.

To top off the weekend the team of Heather Lees, Greg Milburn, Raeanu Taggart, Connor Gulline, Emma Scobie and David Greechan swam their hearts out in a thrilling 6x50m freestyle relay to win their heat and finish top local club.

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