Kintyre swimmers secure place at Mini League final

The Kintyre Amateur Swimming Club's Mini League team in Ayr.
The Kintyre Amateur Swimming Club's Mini League team in Ayr.

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Youngsters from Kintyre Amateur Swimming Club have guaranteed their place in the final of the Clyde Coast Mini League.

It comes after a successful campaign which saw them compete in their final, round three tie last Saturday, in Ayr, against South Ayrshire Swim Team and Scotia.

A depleted Kintyre squad due to injuries, family commitments and a Covid case saw a small team of 20 swimmers travel to Ayr by car and ferry.

Sixteen teams from Dumfries to Campbeltown entered the league this year, and were drawn into groups of three teams for each of the three rounds.

After a closely contested round one tie away to Bellshill, where Kintyre narrowly finished second to North Ayrshire, the Kintyre team successfully won their home tie in Aqualibrium against West Dunbartonshire and Kingston.

South Ayrshire Swim Team were always going to be the bigger club, with swimmers coming from all over South Ayrshire including Ayr, Prestwick and Troon.

And they started strongly last weekend, winning all the medley relays, with Kintyre picking up 18 points to lie in second place.

In the individual events, there were excellent wins for both Niamh McSporran and Kyle McQuaker, picking up full points for the Kintyre team.

An excellent swim in the 50m freestyle saw Kintyre’s Lucy McFadzean finish ahead of the Scotia and South Ayrshire swimmers.

The Kintyre club also picked up full points in swims from Taylor Russell and Eva McKinven as well as in a girls’ freestyle relay.

At the end of an exciting afternoon’s competition, the final results were tallied up with South Ayrshire in first place on 205 points, Kintyre in second on 132 points and Scotia third on 97 points.

This means the Kintyre team will undoubtedly secure a place in the finals, back in Ayr on Saturday June 4.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Kintyre swimmers are in action again, this time in Aqualibrium, against visiting swimmers from Islay and Jura Dolphins ASC and Oban Otters ASC.

This will be a great opportunity for all the club’s swimmers to compete at the same meet, something that they have not been able to do for some time.