Swimmers make waves at Scottish Championships

Amy Richardson,  right, after winning bronze in the 12 years 100m butterfly at the Scottish National Age Group Championsips held in Aberdeen.
Amy Richardson, right, after winning bronze in the 12 years 100m butterfly at the Scottish National Age Group Championsips held in Aberdeen.

The Borders Elite Swim Team (BEST) have once again been punching above their weight, this time at the National Age Group Championships at the Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatics Centre.

Competing against more than 60 teams from all over Scotland, BEST placed 10th on the team points score, winning six gold, eight silver and two bronze medals in total.

Kirsty Armstrong, 14, (Kelso ASC) won four gold (100m butterfly, 100m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 400m individual medley) and one silver (200m butterfly).

Recently selected to the Scottish Team for the 2014 UK School Games, Ryan Brown, 16, (Kelso ASC) won two gold (200m butterfly, 400m individual medley), one silver (100m butterfly) and one bronze (200m backstroke). Brown also broke the East District Junior & Age Group records in the 200m butterfly.

Commonwealth Games team member, Lucy Hope, 17 (Kelso ASC) won five silver medals (50m, 100m & 200m freestyle and 100m & 200m backstroke) and equalled the Scottish Age Group record in the 50m freestyle.

Amy Richardson, 12, (Kelso ASC) won her first medals at Scottish national club level. She claimed silver in the 200m butterfly and bronze in the 100m butterfly recording British Age Group qualifying times in both events.

Toby Douglas, 15, (Duns ASC) made finals in five events, Lindsay Jack, 12, (Hawick & Teviotdale ASC) made two, while Ellenor Gracey, 14, (Duns ASC) and Eilidh Jaffray, 12, (Hawick & Teviotdale ASC) and Lizi Clelland, 15, (Kelso ASC) made it into one final apiece.

The following were also members of the BEST team competing in individual and/or relay events: Maili Brown, Abbie Crossan, Finlay Dewar, Kacper Dluzak, Robyn Flockhart, Sarah Frizzel, Bethany Hamilton, Jodie Pyman, Catherine Soeder and Gregor Swinney.