Personal bests for Kintyre swimmers at Tollcross

Pictured at the championships held on September 7 and 8, from left to right: Niamh Quinn, Evie Judge, Emma Millar, Hannah Millar and Rianne Coffield.

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Six representatives from Kintyre Amateur Swimming Club participated in the West District Sprint and Relay Championships.

The event was held earlier this month at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.

Kintyre swimmers were quickly into action with the girls’ 11 to 12 years 50m freestyle with 107 girls swimming in this event across 11 heats. Kintyre’s Evie Judge swam an excellent personal best in a time of 30.19 seconds to qualify sixth fastest for the final later in the session. Both Hannah and Emma Millar also achieved personal bests with Hannah improving her time by 2.38 seconds.

Qualification for a final was also achieved by 14-year-old Euan Charlwood in the 50m breaststroke where he set a new personal best of 35.88 seconds to make the final in 10th place.

In the girls’ 11 to 12 years 100 IM, Evie Judge, Emma Millar and Rianne Coffield all set new personal best times before Evie lined up in her 50m freestyle final alongside nine other swimmers. She swam an excellent final and while she was unable to improve on her earlier personal best over this distance it was great to see her improve her placing finishing in a fantastic fifth place.

In the afternoon session after, both Evie and Hannah set new personal bests in the 50m backstroke, and Euan Charlwood was delighted to break the 30-second mark for the first time in the 50m freestyle touching in an excellent 29.38 seconds, knocking 1.40 seconds off his previous best.

Saturday’s swimming came to a close with Kintyre’s first ever WD Relay quartet of Emma Millar, Hannah Millar, Rianne Coffield and Evie Judge. The girls finished first in their heat in the 4 x 50m freestyle event in a time of two minutes 16.76 seconds, finishing 10th overall against 24 district teams.

Back to Tollcross on the Sunday, the Kintyre team was joined by Niamh Quinn and success was quick to follow with all five Kintyre girls setting personal best times in the 50m butterfly. Euan continued the trend with a new personal best in the boys’ 50m backstroke.

The morning session came to close with the 11 to 12 years girls’ medley relay where the Kintyre quartet of Emma, Evie, Niamh and Hannah had a solid swim but were unfortunately disqualified after a technical infringement.

The final session of the weekend got off to a great start with Evie qualifying for her second final in the girls’ 11 to 12 years 50m breaststroke finishing fifth place overall in a time of 38.70 seconds.

Euan then set a new personal best in the 50m butterfly followed shortly by a fantastic swim in the 100 IM improving his qualifying time by more than four seconds.

Evie took to her lane in her 50m breaststroke final unfazed with the long delay to the start and looked to be in the lead early in the final. Off the turn, the race began to pan out and Evie touched in yet another personal best of 38.43 seconds finishing in fifth place overall in the West Districts.

Head coach Stuart McQuaker said: ‘Evie did everything asked and to improve on her time in the final was outstanding. Competition at this level is very close with very tight margins.’

Summarising Kintyre’s swims throughout the weekend, Mr McQuaker said: ‘I’m delighted with the improvements shown as these swimmers have worked very hard throughout the summer after a short two-week break.’

Kintyre swimmers return to action on Saturday September 28 with the Argyll and Clyde Championships in Dunoon where the club is hoping to take a large entry to this competition.