Kelso swim sensation Lucy Hope put on a dynamic display at the Scottish National Short Course Open Championships last weekend.
The 16-year-old Borders Elite Swim Team (BEST) member gained an impressive haul of seven gold and one bronze medal as well as breaking the Scottish (open) record, two Scottish junior records, two Scottish age group records, five East District senior records, nine East District junior records and nine East District age group records.
This incredible feat also led to the youngster taking the trophy for best performance by a junior female at the championships.
Competing in 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke and freestyle events, Lucy’s crowning glory was breaking Olympian Hannah Miley’s 200m backstroke Scottish (open) record – her first senior national record and a first for BEST.
“I have been working hard and was hoping to get some pb’s, but I wasn’t expecting to break a record,” said Lucy, whose performance may just have moved her one step closer to achieving her dream of a Commonwealth Games place. “Saying that, I’m thrilled to have done it,” she added. I think it will give me added incentive to swim and perform at my best.”
In total, BEST members won nine gold, two silver and one bronze medal at the meet, which was held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, as well as breaking five national and 24 East District records. Ryan Brown,15, and Kirsty Armstrong gained the other podium places and records, while Lizi Clelland, Jenny Adams, Finlay Dewar and Kathryn Swinney, all 14, swam admirably and achieved some pbs.
BEST performance coach, Alex Jordan, told us: “All members of our team executed their swims really well, albeit with some room for improvement.
“Lucy enjoyed an outstanding meet which was well-deserved.
“She has come such a long way to achieve her first senior Scottish record, through a lot of ups and downs – I’m sure she feels it has all been worth it.”
Lucy will now attend a training camp in Tenerife over the New Year period before heading out to Berlin in February, where she will compete in an international meet with the East of Scotland team.