Kintyre swimmers return to competition at Festival of Swimming

Kintyre swimmers Niamh Quinn, Hannah Millar, Emma Millar and Evie Judge.
Kintyre swimmers Niamh Quinn, Hannah Millar, Emma Millar and Evie Judge.

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Five members of Kintyre Amateur Swimming Club (KASC) made a splash when they returned to the pool at the Festival of Swimming after a long 18-month break from competitions.

Sophie McSporran, Niamh Quinn, Hannah Millar, Emma Millar and Evie Judge got back in the water to do what they do best, competing against clubs from all over Scotland.

The Scottish Festival of Swimming was the first event to take place in the UK as swimming launched into uncharted territory last Friday with three simultaneous meets in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen to create one big national swimming festival across Scotland.

The meets were held under strict protocols, put in place to comply with government, sportscotland and venue Covid guidance.

Stuart McQuaker, KASC’s head coach, said: ‘It’s been fantastic to finally see Kintyre swimmers getting back to racing, reconnecting with friends and peers and enjoying the experience of racing once again.

‘The Festival of Swimming was a great starting point for the sport moving forward again after a tough 18 months.’

Held in Tollcross, Glasgow, over three days, the Kintyre swimmers did not disappoint with fantastic swimming over the weekend with numerous personal bests as well as many excellent top 10 finishes.

In the girls’ 16 years 200m backstroke, Sophie McSporran had a strong return to the event finishing in seventh place overall and in the 100m freestyle she recorded a new personal best of 1:08.23.

Evie Judge was placed seventh in the 200m breaststroke and eighth in the 100m breaststroke in the girls’ 14 years events and produced strong personal bests in both the 100m and 200m freestyle events.

The afternoon events saw three Kintyre girls compete together in the 13 years age group.

Emma Millar swam fantastically well to finish fifth in the 400m, 200m and 100m freestyle events all in new personal best times. She also had top 10 finishes in both the 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly.

Meanwhile, Hannah Millar also recorded personal bests in the 100m and 200m freestyle as well as a fantastic 400m freestyle where she finished in sixth place just behind her sister.

Following in the footsteps of her idol, Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty, Kintyre’s Niamh Quinn swam fantastically well in the breaststroke events finishing in fifth place in the 100m event and an outstanding fourth place in the 200m event in a time of 3:08.97.

In each event, results were collated from across all three venues in Scotland and Niamh placed ninth overall in the 100m breaststroke and a fantastic fifth overall in the 200m breaststroke event.

KASC is keen for anyone inspired to try swimming and interested in joining the friendly club to email kintyreasc@gmail.com as the club’s training will return after a short summer break.