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BarneyHead Coach Jess Wilkie hung up her stopwatch at the West District Pre-SNAGS meet at Tollcross.

She was on poolside as a team of 17 swimmers from the club competed, with many of them looking to qualify for the national event before the window closed on the Sunday night.

All but one of them posted new PBs over the weekend and list of swimmers with a ticket to Aberdeen will be revealed soon.

“Lily Murray’s 200m fly was one of the stand-out swims for me,” says Jess. Lily posted a 0.84 second PB to bring her long course time down to 2:45.25.

Sophie Steele posted a 3.3 second PB in the 200m IM. “Her 200m backstroke was also really good (2:52.84) and she’s got more in there for sure.”

WDPS Girls logoHeather Stuart improved in all of her 6 swims, taking 2 seconds off her 200m IM for a 2:39.73, and brought her 100m fly down to 1:14.12.

Adam Currie shaved more time off his 100m backstroke and freestyle while Fraser Cowie found another 1.2 seconds in his 200m IM.

“Holly Hopkins 50m breaststroke looked really strong,” continues Jess. “She managed to win her heat (43.39) and so was Robbie Gray’s.”

Robbie also took 22 seconds off his previous 100m fly and PB’d the 50m backstroke too.

Ella Bruce raced the 200m IM and improved by nearly 11 seconds.

Rhys Hanlonbole tool 8 seconds off his 100m fly and posted a 3 second improvement in the 50m backstroke.

“Cameron McDonald was definitely the best of our breaststrokers, taking a good chunk off his time, going 38.2 in the 50m and setting a 3 second PB in the 100m.”

WDPS Boys logoNathan Hughes also PB in breast, taking around 2 seconds off his 100m and 200m long course times, and Harry Hume achieved a clean sweep of PBs with his biggest improvements coming in the 50m and 100m freestyle, taking around a second off each length on average.

Rachel McGuire found a 7 tenths improvement in her 100m fly (1:13.68) and the Moore sisters spent another weekend on this side of the Irish Sea with Eilidh PB’ing in 400m and 800m free and Erin taking off time in 50m and 100m fly.

Andrew Sutherland found small improvements in his 50m backstroke and 100m free.

“I’m hoping the guys finish the season strongly,” says Jess, “and I want to say thank you to everyone in the club, the West District and Scottish Swimming.

“It’s been great working with the kids over the last year and a half. There are some great foundations in place, and I look forward to watching more swimmers from North Ayrshire moving through the programme in years to come.”