Young Borderers strike double gold at national school championships

Swim Team Borders: Proudly displaying their spoils, from left: Morgan Anderson, Ryan Brown, Lucy Hope, Kirsty Armstrong & Amy Fraser.
Swim Team Borders: Proudly displaying their spoils, from left: Morgan Anderson, Ryan Brown, Lucy Hope, Kirsty Armstrong & Amy Fraser.

TWENTY-ONE swimmers represented the Borders at the Scottish Schools Championships in Glasgow – including 13 members of the region’s performance squad, Swim Team Borders.

Between them, the performance squad members won six gold and two silver medals, broke two East District records and collected a top performance award.

Kelso ASC member Lucy Hope started the Borders medal frenzy with a win in the 13-14 years 100m backstroke. Hope backed the performance up later in the day with another gold, and East District record, in the 200m backstroke.

Lucy’s double gold-winning performance impressed the meet organisers who awarded her with the trophy for best performance by a 13-14 year old female.

Also from Kelso ASC, Morgan Anderson’s contribution was significant in adding another two medals to the team tally. With both medals being of the gold variety, Anderson could not have hoped for a better start to his national-level medal collection.

He proved too hard to beat when he found himself on the right side of two tight, hard-fought finishes in the 13-14 years 100m and 200m breast stroke events.

Amy Fraser, Gala ASC, took gold in the 17-19 years 100m butterfly with a strong swim and impressive time. She fell just short of repeating the feat in claiming silver in a close finish in the 200m butterfly.

Kirsty Armstrong, a Kelso ASC member, was extremely impressive in her first outing at national level. It was also her first competition in a long course (50m) pool. However, the youngster expertly dealt with the pressure and took gold in the 12-and-under 50m butterfly in another East District record for the team.

Yet another Kelso ASC member, Ryan Brown, rounded off the team’s medal tally with silver in the 13-14 years 200m butterfly. At just 13, Brown displayed great courage to take on his (14-year-old) seniors, defeating all but one of them to finish second with a very solid PB.

Coach of Swim Team Borders Alex Jordan said: “All our swimmers swam really well at this meet, considering they are currently in very hard training for the Scottish National Age Group Championships to be held in April.

“It was very satisfying to see some team members winning national medals for the first time.

“The whole team thoroughly deserved their success with the commitment they show.

“Our volunteer assistant coaches have also shown a great deal of commitment to the team and I’d like to thank both Katrina Hope and Caroline Brown for their continued input and support.”

Swim Team Borders would like to thank Borders Sport & Leisure Trust for providing the swim team and coaching staff with team shirts for the competition.