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.