Beth beats herself as well as top opposition in Scottish Open

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Galashiels swimmer Beth Johnston had a cracking weekend at the Scottish National Open Swimming Championships at Toll Cross in Glasgow.

Beth, competing with four Gala team-mates under the BEST banner, took the title of Scottish Open Champion in the 100m backstroke, breaking her own Scottish record in the process – a truly outstanding achievement and one that all at the club are very proud of.

Not content with this, the 13-year-old went on to break the Scottish record in the 50m free (twice) and the 100m free, all in the S10 Class.

The event provided a fitting finale for most swimmers across the country. It attracts all the big names and as there is no age-group differential, qualifying for the meeting is an achievement in itself.

Beth was really focused on her 100m backstroke as she has been struggling to conquer that all-important turn, but she did here, and her smile said it all as she checked the scoreboard.

The club is grateful to BEST head coach Lauren Jocelyn for looking after the swimmers over the four days of competition.

The other Gala-based swimmers – Robbie Czajka, Sarah Frizzel, Lindsay Jack and Andrew Watt – gave their all, showing that all the hours of training and early-morning starts paid off.

The last event of the season will be the Scottish National Summer Meet at the end of July, an invitational gathering based on the best times swimmers have accumulated over the season.

Beth is grateful to both the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust and the Glenpark Foundation for their continued support of her..