Bumper turn out at North Ayrshire meets

The racing season got underway again for IASC with a packed schedule over two days of action at North Ayrshire. The Development meet was for swimmers aged 11 upwards and the Foundation meet for swimmers aged 10 and under. Both meets were graded, meaning swimmers have to be slower than the entry time. If they beat the entry time they are awarded a ‘too fast’ medal, but the times are still accredited. For many swimmers it was a good opportunity to update times after the summer break.

At the Development meet, five swimmers from the club were awarded a ‘too fast’ medal. Both April Craynor and Peter Maloney were in excellent form, winning two ‘too fast’ medals each. April won hers for the 200m and 400m IM. She took a big chunk of time off her PB for the 200m event and set an impressive time in her debut at the 400m event. April then went on to win the gold in the 400m freestyle.

Peter matched April’s performance, taking home his ‘too fast’ medals for the 400m IM and the 200m freestyle, both with massive new PBs. He also took gold in the 400m freestyle with an impressive time in his debut race.

Wladek Zawadzki also had a great meet, winning a ‘too fast’ medal, one gold and four silvers and setting five new PBs. His ‘too fast’ came in the 200m breaststroke and his gold in the 200m freestyle, winning both with new fastest times. He set new PBs to win silver in the 100m backstroke and breaststroke and the 400m freestyle and finished off a busy day with silver in the 100m freestyle.

There were two other ‘too fast winners from the club: Ashleigh Blyth and Sofia McGeehan. Ashleigh won hers for a blistering new PB in the 400m IM in her only event of the day. Sofia took a ‘too fast’ for the 100m butterfly with a new PB and took bronze for the 200m freestyle with another new best time. A further bronze came in the 100m backstroke followed by a new PB and 4th in the 200m IM.

Other medallists on the day included Katherine Simpson and Keira McKee. Katherine took gold for the 200m backstroke and two bronze medals for the 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle, all with new PBs. She also finished 5th in the 100m breaststroke. Keira took silver for the 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke with new PBs and also got a silver for her first swim of the 100m breaststroke. She took bronze in the 200m IM and came 5th in the 100m freestyle, again setting new PBs.

There were also encouraging performances from Michal Zawadzki and Charlotte Jones, who improved their times and finished high in their fields. Michal set new PBs in the 100m backstroke and breaststroke where he finished 5th and 7th. Charlotte came 6th in her debut swim at the 100m breaststroke and set new PB’s in the 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke to finish inside the top 10.

At the Foundation meet, the club youngsters were determined to keep up the strong swimming. The 19-strong team was a mix of swimmers still relatively new to competition and more experienced swimmers hoping to update times. Between them, they achieved 23 medals and every swimmer set at least one new PB.

Most prolific swimmer of the day was Scott Brodie, winning three golds, two silvers and two fourth places. Gold came in the 50m backstroke and the 100m freestyle and butterfly and silvers were won in the 100m IM and the 400m freestyle. Scott also set new PBs to finish 4th in the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

Sophie Campbell set new times in her five events and took double gold for the 50m and 100m butterfly. She also won silver for the 200m IM and bronze for the 50m backstroke as well as finishing 4th in the 50m freestyle.

Eilidh Melrose made it seven medals from seven races. She won gold for the 100m IM with a new PB and took silver for the 50m backstroke and freestyle, setting another PB for the backstroke. Bronze medals came in the 50m and 100m breaststroke with more PBs and in the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle.

Abi McAnerney set new PBs in all her events and took silver in the 100m backstroke and 50m butterfly. She came 4th in the 50m backstroke and 9th in the 100m IM. Abi continued to swim well to set new best times in the 100m and 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke.

Finlay Morrice won silver in the 50m freestyle with a new best time and came 4th in the 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke with another PB. He finished 5th in the 100m breaststroke and 6th in the 50m butterfly. He also set new PB’s in the 100m IM and 50m breaststroke.

Brodie McArthur won silver in the 50m butterfly, came 4th in the 50m backstroke, 5th in both the 100m IM and 50m freestyle and 7th with a new PB in the 50m breaststroke.

Josh Docherty made it 100% PBs as he took silver for the 100m backstroke, 4th in the 50m butterfly and 7th in the 100m IM and 100m breaststroke. He also produced good swims in the 50m breaststroke, freestyle and backstroke.

Ellis Quigley won bronze in the 50m breaststroke and was 5th in the 50m butterfly, setting new PBs in both races. She came 8th in her debut at the 100m freestyle and set more PBs in the 50m backstroke and freestyle and 100m IM.

Oliver Jones took bronze for the 100m backstroke in his event debut. He also finished 8th in the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle. Oliver then went on to set new PBs in the 100m IM and the 50m breaststroke, freestyle, and backstroke.

Outside of the medals, the younger and less experienced swimmers put in encouraging performances with many trying new events or improving their times. Mirrin Fay was 4th in the 100m backstroke and 6th in the 100m freestyle in her debut at the events She also took 6th in the 50m breaststroke and set a new PB to finish 7th in the 50m butterfly.

Freya McFarlane set a new PB to finish 4th in the 200m IM. Nina Spirit-Hawthorne was 5th in the 100m IM and 6th in the 100m breaststroke and 50m butterfly, with new times for each. She also set PBs in the 50m breaststroke and the 50m freestyle, where she finished in 9th and 11th place.

Nuala Munro and Katie Deegan both managed 5th, 7th and 8th finishes with new times. Nuala’s placings were for the 50m breaststroke, 50m backstroke and 100m IM and Katie’s were for the 100m freestyle, 100m IM and 50m breaststroke.

Rory Munro set new PBs to finish 6th in the 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke. He took 8th in the 100m breaststroke and 50m butterfly and set a new PB in the 100m breaststroke. Adam Quigley set new PBs for the 50m backstroke and freestyle, finishing 6th and 8th respectively.

Lucie Sweeney set new times for the 100m IM and 50m butterfly and backstroke, but just missed out in the 50m breaststroke. Jessica Gallagher set new PBs in each of her three races – the 50m butterfly and breaststroke and the 100m IM. Cameron Ridyard improved his times in the 50m breaststroke and backstroke and set a debut time for the 50m freestyle.

Well done to all the swimmers competing.

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