Borders swimmers make a splash at nationals

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Once again, the Borders Elite Swimming Team (BEST) members have been punching above their weight at national level.

Competing in the Scottish Age Group Swimming Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh last week, BEST were placed 10th from more than 60 teams, with a comparatively small group of swimmers.

In total, the squad, coached by Alex Jordan, picked up eight gold, seven silver and two bronze medals as well as one Scottish Age Group Record and four East District Age Group Records.

Individual tallies

Kirsty Armstrong, 13, Kelso ASC

5 gold, 1 bronze, 1 Scottish Age Group Record, 2 East District Age Group Record

Gold 13 years 100m butterfly, Scottish Age Group Record and East District Age Group Record

Gold 13 years 200m butterfly, East District Age Group Record

Gold 13 years 400m individual medley

Gold 13 years 200m IM

Gold 13 years 100m breaststroke

Bronze 200m freestyle

Lucy Hope, 16, Kelso ASC

3 gold, 2 silver, 2 East District Age Group Record

Gold 15/16 years 200m freestyle

Gold 15/16 years 100m freestyle

Gold 15/16 years 50m freestyle

Silver 15/16 years 200m backstroke, East District Age Group Record

Silver 15/16 years 100m backstroke, East District Age Group Record

Ryan Brown, 15, Kelso ASC

5 Silver, 1 Bronze

Silver 15 years 1500m freestyle

Silver 15 years 400m individual medley

Silver 15 years 200m butterfly

Silver 15 years 200m individual medley

Silver 15 years 100m butterfly

Bronze 15 years 200m backstroke

Achieving a considerable number of PB’s in individual events were:

Matthew Berlansky, 15, Gala ASC

Finlay Dewar, 13, Peebles ASC

Kathryn Swinney, 13, Peebles ASC

Gregor Swinney, 15, Peebles ASC

Rob Czajka, 15, Kelso ASC

Lizzie Clelland, 14, Kelso ASC

Catherine Soeder, 11, Kelso ASC

Charlie Lochhead, 14, Duns ASC

Danny Milton, 14, Duns ASC

Relay Teams

Various combinations including Kathryn Swinney, Emma Suddon, Lizzie Clelland, Kirsty Armstrong & Jenny Adams managed to score points in two relays