Scottish National Championships

Posted: 8th January 2016

On 11-13 December, eleven Mount Kelly Swimmers headed north for the Scottish Senior (Short Course) Swimming Championships in Edinburgh to take on some of the best swimmers in Europe. The Belgium Olympic Squad were competing along with the likes of Scottish Breaststroke superstars Ross Murdoch and Michael Jamieson. With 42 personal best performance times, 9 finalists, one new Mount Kelly senior record and 15 new age group records, Mount Kelly swimmers made a very positive impact on these early season championships.

It was 16 year old Alex Seymour who was first up for Mount Kelly. Alex swam a lifetime best in the final of the 200m Backstroke to set a new Mount Kelly senior record  in 2.02.34. Alex was on great form all weekend and produced a string of best performance times qualifying too for the final of the 400m Individual Medley in 4.35.06. Alex also set a new age group record in the 200m Fly (2.08.37).

15 year old Molly Peters set a new age group record in the heats of the 100 Breaststroke (1.12.87) to qualify for her first ever senior final. Molly replicated this also in the 50m Breaststroke finishing 2nd in the B final and breaking a long standing Mount Kelly age group record (33.42).

17 year old William Luckham-Down produced a big break through swim in the 100m Freestyle to establish a 2 sec PB (53.13). Will led from start to finish in his heat, touching out some of Scotland’s finest young sprinters. Will also produced another great PB in the 100m Individual Medley (61.47) and the 50m Breaststroke (30.83).

14 year old Lauren Hession had a stunning weekend setting 3 new Mount Kelly age group records. The first of which was the women’s 100m Freestyle where she smashed the 59 sec barrier in a new PB of 58.65. Next was the 50m Freestyle (27.11) and the 50m Backstroke (31.05). Lauren went on to produce best performance times in the 100m Individual Medley (68.49) and the 100m Fly (67.75).

14 year old Tom Brew produced some very fast swimming breaking the Mount Kelly age group records in the 50m and 100m Fly (27.59 and 59.73 respectively). Tom went on to produce PB swims in the 400m Individual Medley (4.51.09), 200m Fly (2.13.97), 100m Individual Medley (63.07) and improved his 400m Freestyle by 5 seconds (4.16.11).

16 year old Andy Paige was on record-breaking form, smashing his PB by 6 seconds in the 200m Breaststroke (2.22.63) qualifying for the final and setting a new Mount Kelly age group record. He also improved his 400m Freestyle (4.16.11) by 7 sec, by 2sec in the 100m Breaststroke (66.34), by 7 sec in the 200 Individual Medley (2.10.81). Andy had a clean sweep of eight swims and eight best performance times and came away as Mount Kelly’s most improved swimmer of the championships.

15 year old Abi Rawlings smashed her lifetime best in the 50m and 100m Breaststrokes (34.83 and 1.14.21 respectively). 14 yr old Eddie Maddocks set new personal best times in the 200m Freestyle (1.58.93) and made a big breakthrough in the 100m Backstroke (61.50).

16 year old Michael Alcorn set a new age group record in the heats of the 50m Breaststroke (29.99) to qualify for the final where he improve his own record again in a terrific swim to finish 4th (29.80). Michael swam 6 events over the weekend and established 6 new best performance times.

16 year old Jake Bentley swam with great commitment and led in many of his races winning his heats, which as a result produced three new personal best times for him 100m Fly (61.09), 200m Individual Medley (2.13.57) and the 10m Backstroke (61.42).

14 year old Jacob Newcombe produced 3 very noteworthy personal best times during the weekend, 200m Individual Medley (2.17.98), 50m Backstroke (28.47) and the 100m Backstroke (60.73).

Edinburgh was a great experience and our congratulations on some remarkable swimming.

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