St Thomas on form at National Age Group Championships

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AT THE Scottish National Masters Short Course Meet held at Tollcross in Glasgow at the weekend, Mark Shepherd, St Thomas Swim Club, broke the Scottish 200m butterfly record.

He also won a silver medal in the 100m butterfly in a new personal best time.

This follows a successful Scottish National Age Group Championships for swimmers from the club.

Lousie Taylor (18) was competing for the last time in the age group championships and swam a commanding race leading her heat from start to finish. Dan Baty, competing in the 15 years age group, swam long course personal best times in the 200m breaststroke, 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley.

Nathan Watt also 15 swam personal best times in both the 100m and 200m butterfly to make the finals in these events. Erin Cranston, swimming in the girls’ 15 years age group, and who had just returned from a school trip, managed to swim close to her best times in both the 100 and 200m breaststroke events.

Sarah Cummins, competing for the first time in the National Age Group Championships, made personal best times in both the 100 and 200m backstroke in the girls’ 14 years age group. Luke Shepherd, competing for the first time in this event, made the finals of the boys’ 14 years 100m breaststroke in a new personal best time. Every year Taylor Young makes times in more events and this year also made the final of the 14 years’ 100m breaststroke.

Ross Geddes (13) qualified in all events for his age group, making seven finals and all new personal best times. Ross was also successful in gaining the Midland District 200m long course record for his age group in the 200m butterfly.

Heather Ingram, who has been out of training due to illness and injury for much of the current season, still qualified for the 100m butterfly event in the girls’ 13 years age group where she managed a very respectable time just outside her previous best.

Beth Milne (13) competed in both the 100 and 200m backstroke and gained a personal best time in the 200m backstroke. Despite a recent shoulder injury, Megan Baty made the finals in both the 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly events in the girls’ 12 years age group.

Blair Fotheringham (12) qualified in six individual events this year swimming personal best times in all of these events.