Records fall as Kirsty grabs silver in Sheffield

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A KELSO swimmer has swept to silver in the British Age Group Championships at Sheffield.

Kirsty Armstrong won the medal with a near-flawless performance in the 400m individual medley on the final day of the competition with a time of 5 minutes, 23.19 seconds.

She also achieved a significant personal best and broke the Scottish age group record for the event by 2.5 seconds.

Earlier in the meet, Kirsty broke the Scottish age group record in the 200m individual medley with a time of 2.36.22, when she was placed fourth.

Showing her versatility, Kirsty contested several finals, gaining fifth and sixth positions, and also achieved her final four of 15 individual Scottish east district age group records for the season.

Kirsty, who is only 12, is a member of the Borders Elite Swim Team (BEST), which was competing for the first time against Britain’s best. She swims with the group at the Selkirk pool.

“The early morning starts and the seven training sessions a week have really been worth it,” she said.

“Going to Sheffield was a completely new experience with the big screens, the size of the facility and the atmosphere, all of which made me really nervous.

“I had to work hard to overcome the nerves.

“Some of the morning heats were not great swims and so I gave myself a talking to and upped my game in the finals.

“The heat both in the hotel and the pool environment was a real challenge and I had to up my fluid intake drastically to combat dehydration.”

Looking ahead, she added: “My goal is to be selected for the Inter-counties event later this year to gain more experience.”

Ryan Brown also performed extremely well at this competition. He had one swim, only one chance, and he made the most of it.

Having achieved a pb every time he’s contested the 200m butterfly event this season, he did it again, dealing expertly with the pressure of his first British Age Group Championships.

Five more members of the squad who competed at the British Youth Championships were: Jessica and Scott Wilcox, Rebekah Wilson, Lucy Hope and Amy Fraser.

All seven received support from SBC’s Athlete Support Programme except Kirsty, who is currently too young, but has been earmarked for future support.