Kintyre swimmers break records at regional championships

Angus Woods, Lucy McFadzean, Cameron Ralston and Isiah Doxsey.
Angus Woods, Lucy McFadzean, Cameron Ralston and Isiah Doxsey.

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A record eight Kintyre swimmers qualified for Scottish Swimming’s West District Short Course Championships and took home more medals than before.

The competition was held over two weekends in February at Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

During the first weekend, Kintyre’s Evie Judge produced an excellent performance in the 50m freestyle where she finished seventh in 28.89 seconds, a time that will hopefully secure a place at the Scottish National Age Group Championships (SNAGS) in April.

Evie also finished seventh in the 50m breaststroke in a new personal best time of 36.75.

At the second weekend, Kintyre swimmers got off to a strong start on the Saturday morning with 13-year-old Niamh Quinn further improving her 200m breaststroke time to 2:57.01 minutes.

Hannah Millar, Niamh Quinn and Emma Millar.
Hannah Millar, Niamh Quinn and Emma Millar.

She swam a strong, controlled race from the start and achieved a qualifying SNAGS time to finish in seventh place.

In the afternoon, Emma Millar paced herself very well in the tough 200m butterfly where she knocked 13.09 seconds off her time to take silver at the West Districts in a time of 2:47.62 minutes.

In the same event, Niamh also recorded a new personal best to finish just outside the medals in fourth place.

There were further personal bests for Emma in the 50m backstroke and sister Hannah in the 100m breaststroke.

Medal winner Emma Millar.
Medal winner Emma Millar.

On the Sunday, it was the turn of Kintyre’s younger swimmers to impress with Angus Woods, Cameron Ralston, Isiah Doxsey and Lucy McFadzean in action.

Angus got off to a fantastic start with a bronze medal in the 200m freestyle in a time of 2:36.02 minutes, with both Cameron and Isiah also recording new personal bests.

Angus continued to swim impressively with personal bests in the 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle where he finished in sixth place.

Medal winner Angus Woods.
Medal winner Angus Woods.

Isiah finished eighth in the 200m backstroke in a time of 3:16.71 minutes – a personal best.

This was followed by a superb swim in the 100m freestyle by Angus, who narrowly missed out on another medal, placing fourth in 1:12.26 minutes.

Angus continued his fine form to finish the meet with another fourth place finish at the West Districts, this time in the 50m breaststroke.

Not to be outdone by the boys, Lucy had a superb debut at her first West District Short Course Championships, swimming five new personal best times in the six events entered.

She knocked 11.32 seconds off her time in the 200m freestyle as well as 10.51 seconds in the 200m backstroke to finish in 13th place.

Stuart McQuaker, Kintyre’s head coach, said: ‘To have eight swimmers qualify for a West District event was a first for our club and is testament to the hard work they have been putting in at training as it’s not easy, especially as numbers accepted are reduced due to Covid restrictions.

‘To take home two medals from the same meet was outstanding as previously, as a club, we have only ever won two district medals and one of those was from a number of years ago.’

Kintyre Amateur Swimming Club is looking forward to the return of the Clyde Coast Mini League, with younger swimmers travelling to Bellshill for the club’s round one tie on Sunday March 20, followed by a home tie in Aqualibrium on Saturday April 23.