Borders squad bring home gold

Swim Team Borders: Proudly displaying their spoils, from left: Morgan Anderson, Ryan Brown, Lucy Hope, Kirsty Armstrong & Amy Fraser.
Swim Team Borders: Proudly displaying their spoils, from left: Morgan Anderson, Ryan Brown, Lucy Hope, Kirsty Armstrong & Amy Fraser.
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SWIM Team Borders members contested the second instalment of the East District Age Group Championships for the season at Glenrothes.

The Borders performance squad returned with a gold, three silver and one bronze medal as well as a host of personal best (PB) times.

Kelso’s Kirsty Armstrong, 11, claimed gold in the 10/11 years 200m individual medley with a master-class that left her nearest opponent nearly five seconds in her wake. Armstrong lopped 18 seconds off her PB achieving her first ever British national qualifying time and only missing the East District age group record by half a second.

Gala ASC’s Amy Fraser, 16, contributed to the team tally with silver in the 160O and 800m freestyle. Fraser, the youngest competitor in the final, then took bronze in the 200m individual medley with a tough swim and well-earned PB.

Kelso ASC duo, Morgan Anderson and Ryan Brown, both 13 took on each other, and the rest of the East District, taking a silver medal apiece. Anderson placed second in the 12/13 years 200m individual medley with a massive 21 second PB.

He narrowly missed podium finishes placing fourth in the 800m freestyle by just half a second and fourth again in the 1500m freestyle.

Brown claimed silver in the 12/13 years 800m freestyle, taking half a length off the eventual winner in the final 200m but falling short of victory by just one second.

Other team members who recorded notable results were Chloe Mitchell (14), Alex Thompson (14), Lucy Hope (14) all Kelso ASC; Gregor Swinney (13), Kathryn Swinney (11) both Peebles ASC; Kristie Waugh (14), and Jessica Wilcox (15) both Teviotdale ASC.

Coach of Swim Team Borders, Alex Jordan said: “The team performed very well across the board with every single member recording PBs over the weekend. Everyone has been working really hard in training and they deserve the results they have achieved.

“I was very impressed with Kirsty Armstrong’s 200m IM. She went after it right from the start and kept the pressure on all the way. There was barely a single technical fault made and it has to be one of the best swims I’ve ever seen, at any level.”