Hope and glory for Borders BEST swimmers

Lucy Hope (Kelso) GB swimming team.

Lucy Hope (Kelso) GB swimming team.

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BORDERS swimming sensation Lucy Hope has been punching above her weight again – scooping two Scottish senior titles, writes Fiona Scott.

The 16-year-old from Kelso was competing at the 2013 Scottish Gas National Open Swimming Championships at Tollcross International Swim Centre last week and took the gold medal in the Women’s Open 200m backstroke in a time of 2.14.42 to claim both the Scottish Open and Scottish Junior (under-16) Championship titles.

She also took the silver in the 100m backstroke (1.03.29) and again lifted both titles as the winner was a non-Scottish national. The times made Lucy third all-time open Scottish female for both events.

Lucy also picked up a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle and clocked up three more Scottish Junior titles and a host of records in various other events.

It must be something in the water at Kelso ASC because Lucy’s clubmate Ryan Brown, 15, took the Scottish Junior Championship in the Men’s Open 200m butterfly among his many achievements at the meet.

Also representing their clubs and the Borders Elite Swim Team (BEST) were Kirsty Armstrong, Lizi Clelland, Rob Czajka, Jenny Adams (Kelso); Beth Johnston (Gala); Gregor Swinney and Kathryn Swinney (Peebles).

These team members did well to qualify and raced impressively throughout to achieve a good number of places and PB’s.

BEST placed 13th on the team point score, a great achievement considering this was a senior meet and their most senior team member is only 16 years old.