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On Thursday 2nd November we played host to St Leonards School for a friendly swimming gala.  We had swimmers competing from U11, U13 and U15 age groups swimming across all events and with some excellent individual performances, we won 39-32.

From an individual performance perspective, Shona Graham and Katherine Bailey have been performing very well and achieving PB improvements in their selected events.  In recent galas, Katherine has elevated her UK Swimming ranking and is now 16th in Britain for short course 200m butterfly and 42nd in Britain for the short course 400m freestyle.

Also competing and performing well is Shona Graham who achieved a Gold medal in her 200m breaststroke and a Silver in her 100m breaststroke at the Carnegie 140th Anniversary Short Course Gala.  In her other two events, the 400 IM and the 400 freestyle Shona took considerable time off her previous PB’s.

This weekend Shona swam in the Northern District Open Meeting which attracts the top swimmers from across Scotland and has fairly stringent qualifying criteria.  In the 800m freestyle Shona took 9 seconds off her previous best and in the 400 freestyle Shona took another 6 seconds off her Carnegie time, again placing her in the top 10 in Scotland. She was second in her age group and placed 8th overall in the U17 category.

In the Tayside Schools event held at the Olympia pool in Dundee this week, both Shona and Katherine performed admirably, gaining medals in all events entered.  Shona won gold in the 100m butterfly and Silver in the 200m breaststroke with Katherine earning 2 golds in the 200m butterfly and 100m butterfly respectively.  For the first time, we entered a relay team at this district event and the team consisting of Katherine Bailey, Jeanie Stirling, India Howie and Maria Garcia Gomez did exceptionally well.

Of the thousands of swimmers that are registered in Scotland and the UK, only between 30 and 40 swimmers per event get accepted into these district events and out of those swimmers to finish in the top ten is such an achievement.  Congratulations to the girls on their continued efforts, determination and associated successes.

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