West District Long Course Age Group Championships Weekend One News Report
Swimmers from the Cumbernauld Swimming Club journeyed to the Tollcross International Swimming Centre this past weekend to compete in Round 1 of the West District Long Course Championships. This typically presents a new set of challenges to our swimmers, who are accustomed to the 25 metre distance and must make significant adjustments to their individual swimming. In spite of the challenges involved, our young swimmers rose to the occasion as usual and were competitive in a multitude of events.
14 year old Nicole Flynn captured her first West District Gold in winning the 100 metre Butterfly and narrowly missed another in the 200 metre Butterfly, settling for the Silver. 13 year old Emma Creaney made 3 trips to the podium, powering her way to Silver in the 400 metre Individual Medley while earning hard fought Bronze in both the 100 and 200 metre Butterfly. 12 year old Madison Gallacher earned herself Silver medals in both the 100 metre Butterfly and Freestyle events, while also reaching the finals of the 100 metre Breaststroke. 11 year old Eireann Ferris had a great swim in the 100 metre Backcrawl which earned her a place in the finals as well.
For the boys, Cameron Creaney swam his way to Silver in both the 100 metre and 200 metre Butterly events, while also earning places in the 100 metre Freestyle and Backcrawl finals. 16 year old Michael Flynn powered his way to Silver in the 400 metre freestyle, being out-touched at the end, and also swam in the 100 metre Backcrawl final. 18 year old Craig Greenock sprinted to a Silver in the 100 metre Butterfly while 11 year old Andrew Brackenridge grabbed a hard earned Bronze in the gruelling 200 metre Butterfly. 11 year old Ewan Stevenson swam well enough to earn a spot in the 100 metre Butterfly final while 13 year old Matthew McEwan grabbed a spot in the 100 metre Backcrawl final.
A tremendous effort by all swimmers over the weekend. Particularly gratifying was the tenacity and fearlessness with which our young swimmers attacked some of the most difficult swims. In spite of many swimming long course for the first time, many of the youngsters entered the 400 metre Individual Medley and the 200 metre Butterfly and acquitted themselves extremely well.
Great job swimmers, keep working as we prepare for Round 2!