Winter graded meet for Kintyre swimmers

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A number of Kintyre swimmers competed in Glasgow for the fourth time in 2019 after recent West Districts and Scottish Schools finals.

At Drumchapel Pool, they swam in the Milngavie and Bearsden Amateur Swimming Club Winter Graded Meet.

The first event of the weekend’s meet saw Kintyre’s Evie Judge take gold in the girls’ 10-11 100m butterfly.

This initial success was shortly followed by an excellent bronze for Henny Jones in the girls’ 8-9 50m breaststroke.

Personal best times were achieved by all Kintyre swimmers at this early stage and further medals followed, with Evie Judge collecting bronze in the girls’ 10-11 50m backstroke.

In the afternoon, 13-year-old Sophie McSporran made the podium after finishing third in the girls’ 12-13 100m freestyle in a time of 1:11.33.

With 30 girls swimming in the first event of the Sunday morning, the girls’ 10-11 50m butterfly, Kintyre swimmers started day two of the meet strongly.

Evie Judge won bronze and there were sixth and seventh place finishes for Emma Millar and Rianne Coffield.

Evie Judge continued her superb form with an outstanding swim in the girls’ 10-11 100m freestyle, finishing in a time of 1:11.20.

This led to Evie gaining an ‘I swam too fast’ award as she was way inside the Graded Meet’s entry time.

Kintyre’s Emma Millar was awarded the silver medal at this event in an excellent personal best time of 1:20.59.

Sophie McSporran started Sunday as she had finished the previous day with a fantastic swim in the girls’ 12-13 50m backstroke. She took more than three seconds off her previous PB to take second place.

Four events later, she was back in the pool with an excellent swim in the 100m butterfly where she finished third in yet another personal best time.

Personal best swims were continuing throughout the afternoon’s events.

It was fitting that, in the penultimate event, Kintyre’s Evie Judge rounded off her superb swimming with another gold, in the girls’ 10-11 50m freestyle, against no less than 41 other swimmers.

The first round tie of the Clyde Coast Mini League saw swimmers take to the pool last Sunday in Irvine against Kilmarnock and Dunoon.

A full report will follow in next week’s Courier.

Kintyre swimmers at Drumchapel pool from back left: Alice McKendrick, Evie Judge, Emma Millar and Hannah Millar and from front left: Grazia Graham, Henny Jones and Cara Macpherson. NO_c09KASC01_swimming

Kintyre swimmers and medallists at the Aqualibrium, from back left, Sophie McSporran and Evie Judge with, from front left, Emily Hunter, Alice McKendrick, Emma Millar, Hannah Millar and Rianne Coffield. NO_c09KASC02_swimming

Kintyre medal winning swimmers: Sophie McSporran, Emma Millar and Evie Judge. Henny Jones was away. NO_c09KASC03_swimming