Lucy has high Hopes of making Commonwealth Games times

Kelso swimmer Lucy Hope with her trophy for best performance by a junior female at the Scottish Short Course Chamionships
Kelso swimmer Lucy Hope with her trophy for best performance by a junior female at the Scottish Short Course Chamionships
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Kelso swimmer Lucy Hope went agonisingly close to Commonwealth Games qualification at the Scottish Gas National Championships at Glasgow’s Tollcross last weekend.

Competing as part of the Borders Elite Swim Team (BEST), the 17-year-old was just one hundreth of a second short of the qualifying time when scooping bronze in the 50m backstroke.

Selection also evaded Lucy in the 200m backstroke, despite swimming a personal best to claim the silver.

The Tweedside star placed fourth in the 200m freestyle, which sees her in with a slight chance of selection to the team for the 4x200m freestyle relay.

Also at the event, Ryan Brown, 16, earned four Scottish Junior Champion titles over various events, while last of the Kelso trio, Kirsty Armstrong, 14, also put in some noteable performances. BEST placed 11th on the team points score from around 60 Scottish teams, their best finish at the Scottish Championships and a great achievement for a small, age-group team.

BEST was further represented by: Jenny Adams, Lizzie Clelland, Finlay Dewar, Toby Douglas, Robyn Flockhart, Ellenor Gracey, Donald Gray, Amy Richardson, Catherine Soeder, Gregor Swinney and Alex Thompson.

BEST performance coach Alex Jordan said “Our young team achieved great results against older opposition at this competition. It was frustrating for Lucy to go so close to making the Commonwealth Games team on so many occasions but, with a few other opportunities up our sleeve, I’m sure she’ll get there.”

Lucy has more chances for selection over the next two months.