Brown is BEST at the East District Championships


Kelso’s Ryan Brown was once again the stand-out performer for the BEST Performance Squad in round three of the East District Age Group Swimming Championships.

Winning one gold, two silver and finishing no worse than fourth in his remaining events resulted in the teenager receiving the award for top 15-year-old boy.

The Kelso ASC member took gold in his pet stroke, butterfly, and placed second in the 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley events.

While Brown was the only member of the team to mount the podium on this occasion, his colleagues racked up an impressive number of finals appearances (16) and personal best times (60 per cent).

Brown’s Kelso teammate, 12-year-old Catherine Soeder, narrowly missed out on the medals, placing fourth in the 12-and-under 200m individual medley. Soeder also finished fifth and sixth with impressive performances in the 100m freestyle and butterfly events respectively.

A further three Kelso ASC members each contested multiple finals and achieved a healthy proportion of PBs – Jenny Adams and Lizi Clelland, both 14, and Amy Richardson, 12.

Peebles ASC member Finlay Dewar reached two finals while narrowly missing another couple. Dewar crossed the line in seventh position in both finals and notched up three PBs from five events.

Gala ASC’s Sarah Frizzel got her district career off to a very promising start with a massive six-second PB, seeing her clinch seventh in the 12-and-under 100m breaststroke on her debut at this level.

Jodie Pyman, 11, of Peebles ASC, placed 14th in the 12-and-under 100m butterfly, but was the top-placed 11-year-old in this event which bodes well for next year, while teammate Thomas Nicoll showed his hard work has paid off when he achieved five PBs from five events, finishing not too far out of the 12-and-under finals as an 11-year-old.

Hawick and Teviotdale ASC’s Lindsay Jack also boasted a 100 per cent PB record with four from four.

BEST Performance coach Alex Jordan told The Southern: “The team was racing this meet pretty tired after quite an intensive training block and not much time off over the festive period.

“I felt this showed as the event went on, but all the hard work in the training pool will pay off long term, which is what we are focused on.”

He added: “The team showed once again that they are growing in strength and depth with so many finalists from different clubs across a range of events.”