Youngsters are in the swim

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IT has been a busy schedule for the swimmers of Kirkintilloch and Kilsyth Swim Team recently.

Four highly-motivated swimmers attended the Aquanauts Livingston Graded Meeting at the new Xcite Leisure Complex in Bathgate.

Ten-year-old Rachel Gilchrist had an outstanding weekend by gaining all three of her West District Squad qualifying times with ease. Firstly, she took part in her first-ever competitive 400m freestyle race and finished in 6.01.25. In the 200m backstroke, she smashed her previous personal best by 23 seconds and recorded a new time of 3.09.77. Her most impressive swim came on Sunday afternoon where she set a club record of 2.46.28.

Heather Lees took 11 seconds off her previous time in the 400m IM where she was rewarded with a bronze medal for her efforts and a new club record for the 11-year-old girls. The highlight of her day however, was winning the girls’ 11-12 years 200m butterfly in a time of 3.11.57. Another new personal best time for Heather and her second club record of the day.

Katie McDonald swam well in the girls’ 11-12 years 400m freestyle and finished in third place overall, gaining a West District Squad time of 5.48.67. Katie took five seconds off her 200m backstroke time with a new personal best of 3.12.79.

Kirstin Maclaren swam in her first competitive 800m freestyle race and gained a new personal best time of 12.43.07.

Nine swimmers from K&K were up for the challenging competition at the local Cumbernauld Open Age Group and Senior Meet.

Throughout the weekend, 10 medals were won altogether, including three gold!

On the Saturday, it was the 12 and under swimmers who were up first for the challenge.

Ten-year-old Amy Gulline got the competition underway with a great win in the 200m backstroke and a new club record of 3.07.38.

She continued her form to break her personal best again to make the final of the girls’ nine-10-year-old 50m butterfly, where she set a personal best of 44.80.

In the afternoon Amy was again swimming well when she took third place in the girls’ nine-10 years 200m individual medley by taking over 10 seconds off her personal best.

Amy reached the final of the 50m freestyle and narrowly missed out on a medal by finishing fourth overall.

Heather Lees was on form in the 11-year-old girls’ 200m breaststroke and finished in first place with a new personal best and club record of 3.12.29.

She was pipped to gold in the 50m butterfly and finished with a new personal best of 35.82. In the 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle, Heather just missed out on the medals and finished fourth in both events.

Emma Smith set four great personal best swims in the 12-year-old girls’ category. She had a massive 20-second personal best in the 200m individual medley and took over two seconds off her personal best in the 100m butterfly. Emma also swam very well in the 50m butterfly and freestyle.

Greg Milburn swam his way to two new personal bests in the 50m butterfly and freestyle. He recorded new times of 38.85 and 33.98 respectively.

Katie McDonald had a really good swim in the 200m individual medley and was rewarded with a five-second personal best and a new time of 3.12.79.

Sean Watson also put in strong performances in the boys’ 12-year-old 50m butterfly and freestyle and 100m butterfly events.

On Sunday the older swimmers arrived with a lot to live up to! Emma Scobie got her competition off to a great start by getting a second place in the girls’ 13-year-old 200m backstroke. She then went on to win the 50m butterfly in 33.31 and received a silver medal in the 50m freestyle in 30.28.

Connor Gulline came second in the boys’ 13-year-old 50m butterfly event with a new personal best of 33.22 and third in the 100m butterfly in 1.18.83 which was another personal best time.

Connor was third in the 200m breaststroke in 3.08.26, recording another personal best for his efforts. Connor narrowly missed out on third place in the 50m freestyle, but gained another personal best of 29.53. He rounded off his successful day by coming third in the 200m backstroke.

Charlotte Blair just missed her personal best in the 200m breaststroke, but gained a new time in the 50m freestyle of 34.59.

After a long season, everyone at K & K is looking forward to the summer break before the start of the new season.

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