Swimmers in Glasgow for championships

Several of Shetland’s top swimmers were at the Tollcross Leisure Centre in Glasgow this week for the Scottish National Open Swimming Champ­ion­ships.

The strong field included double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington. This year’s event is also the Scottish trials for the Common­wealth Games in Delhi in October.

Lerwick swimmer Andrea Strachan was in Tuesday morning’s heats of the 50m breaststroke, where she finished 10th and qualified for the semi-finals. Megan Petursdottir, in her first ever national open championships, produced a personal best.

Felix Gifford of Delting Dolphins qualified for the B final of the 200m butterfly, and is a reserve for the final of the 400m freestyle. Fellow Dolphin Tom Raikes swam just outside his PBs in both the 400m freestyle and 200m butterfly.

In the evening’s semi-final of the 50m breaststroke Andrea was unable to improve on her morning performance, finishing in 13th place. “Although my stroke felt great in the warm-up for some reason during the race it just didn’t,” she said.

Felix Gifford improved his time from the morning’s heats in the B final of the 200m butterfly to finish 17th overall, a great performance from the young Delt.

On day two Andrea arrived at the centre to discover she had actually made the final of the 50m breast­stroke. She put in a good performance, starting as 10th qualifier, and improved by one place to finish ninth.

Amy swam well in the heats and semi-final of the 100m freestyle to qualify for the evening’s final, Callum produced a PB in the 200m freestyle and Felix Gifford per­formed well in the 50m butterfly and 200m freestyle.


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