The Renfrew Baths Mini Meet and Junior Meet was a huge weekend for the younger end of the club with, by my reckoning, nearly 235 individual races over the two days, so I’d like to start by saying a huge thanks to everyone who competed
It was great to see so many Development Squad swimmers taking their experience from the club championships into an away competition; even thought it held at our home pool at the Portal.
The whole meet went like clockwork, and that’s a big credit to the Renfrew Baths club.
We had 37 swimmers entering the Mini Meet and they set 136 personal bests between them, and that’s not counting when they were doing an event for the first time.
That’s a remarkable hit rate, it’s something like 68% PBs.
On the Saturday we had 18 Gold medals, 14 Silver and 18 Bronze, and 3 Swam Too Fasts; in fact, there were so many that I can’t list all of them here, but there were a few stand-out performances that I really have to mention.
Sarah Short hasn’t competed for quite a while and it was great to see her back racing. She’s had a niggling shoulder injury which, fingers crossed, is behind her now, and she swam very well, especially her 50m back and 50m fly where she smashed the consideration time and was ‘too fast.’
Kate Stuart’s backstroke was looking fantastic as well. She got a ‘too fast’ in the 50m and had a lovely PB in the 100m back so well done to her.
Angus Wark has been struggling with a persistent illness these last few months and it was great to see him roaring back with a gold in the 100m IM, which was well deserved.
If I had to pick a swim of the weekend it would be Evie Chan’s 50m breaststroke, and Emma Binnie also swam extremely well in her 50m fly.
I’ve been working at lot with both of them on their body position when they’re swimming and it was really heartening to see they’ve taken on board the advice, listened and changed the way they were swimming the strokes to great effect
It vindicates our decision to do away with the 25m race option in the club championships because the kids all got up there and were tackling events like the 100m IM and 50m fly and everyone just got on with it and knew what was expected.
We picked up where we left off on Sunday at the Junior Meet with 23 swimmers in 130 swims and we managed 83 PBs, winning 6 Gold medals, 2 Silver and 5 Bronze.
Heather Stuart turned up having been scratched from West District for her 100m back, breast & free. She took that on the chin and responded in the best possible way with 3 new PBs including 7 seconds off the breaststroke to earn 3 Gold medals.
It was a terrific display of fighting spirit and determination, so hopefully she’ll not be getting scratched next time!
Nathan Hughes took a couple of Gold medals as well with a 10 second PB in the 200m IM. He’s always been strong in breaststroke, but you’ve got to be good in all four to do well in IM, so that was a good improvement. His other win was in the 100m breaststroke with a 9 second improvement.
His silver in the 100m fly was probably his swim of the weekend, though. He looked really steady and maintained his technique all the way through with a lovely shoulder press with his hips coming up and a good stroke length.
Matthew Shanks won a Gold for the 100m backstroke with a 4 second PB and Ella Bruce got a silver in the 100m fly with an 11 second PB.
The five Bronzes went to Nathan in the 50m breast. Phillip Hinchcliffe got one in the same event and also for his 200m IM. Ella Bruce took one in the 50m back, and Molly Sutherland had a cracking 200m IM with a 12 sec PB.
It was a really positive weekend with kids who are on the fringes of West District level and hopefully they’ll be able to make the step up later in the year.