Swimming trio prove their worth

Lerwick Amateur Swimming Club members Megan Nicolson, 13, Craig Nicolson, 14, Callum Mac­gregor, 16 and Amy Harper, 16 went to compete at the 15th Westhill District Meet last week.

Winners were declared from the 200m heats, while there were final evening swims for 50m and 100m IM open events and 100m age-group swims.

On Saturday Craig was first to swim in 200m freestyle. He led his heat improved four seconds and was 6th on the 14-15 year age group.

Megan held her time in her age group and Amy, in the over-16 group, won the silver medal.

Craig qualified fastest in his group’s breaststroke and was sec­ond fastest in the 50m butterfly.

Amy and Megan held their entry times in the 50m butterfly and both Callum and Craig improved their times in the 200m IM.

In the second session Craig took three seconds from his time in the 200m breaststroke and won silver. Craig was also seventh in the 100m freestyle and took two seconds off his time in the 400m freestyle.

Callum improved his time in the backstroke and came third in the 100m freestyle.

Amy was fastest in the 100m freestyle and third on the back­stroke.

In the evening finals Craig improved his heat time and was second in the 100m breaststroke. In the 50m butterfly Callum improved his heat time to third place; he was also fourth in the freestyle.

Amy took gold in the 100m freestyle and was fifth in the back­stroke.

On Sunday Amy won silver in the 200m freestyle and was fastest in the 100m butterfly.

Callum was finalist in the 100m IM and butterfly while Craig held his entry time in the 100m and 50m breaststroke.

Amy took third place in the 100m backstroke and 50m freestyle and Callum was reserve for the 50m freestyle. Megan made her entry times in the IM, backstroke and freestyle and Craig finished with a 9.5 second improvement in the 400 IM and at 04:59.05 it is likely to be confirmed as a Shetland record.

In the finals Amy’s time im­proved but she remained sixth. Callum was fourth in the 100 IM and Amy won silver in the butterfly. She also improved her 100m backstrole and won silver, and came fourth in the 50m freestyle.

Twelve-year-old Megan Peturs­dottir from Gulberwick also took part in the Westhill event.

She was competing in the 12-13 age group and was the only swimmer representing Shetland Amateur Competitive Swimming Club at the event.

Megan got off to an ideal start in the 100m breaststroke with a two-second improvement, comfortably winning her heat. She continued her good breaststroke form in the 200m breaststroke with a six second improvement in both these events, the second fastest 12-year-old.

In both the 100m and 200m backstroke Megan improved by two seconds. She had a slight improvement in the 100m butterfly and in the 50m breaststroke a one-second improvement.

In the 200m IM she improved her time by two seconds and the 100m IM had a one-second improvement. She was competing in 11 events over the weekend and performed exceptionally well.


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