Time to reflect after a busy weekend for Stirling Swimming Club…..
Huge thanks and congratulations to Julie and Scott McGregor for organising and hosting the awards night and ceilidh. It was a great night celebrating the swimming and water polo achievements followed by a fantastic buffet and lots of dancing – well done.
Sunday afternoon was our first outing to the Forth Valley Junior League in Bathgate. It was a busy two hours packed with racing and a great team atmosphere. The swimmers swam hard, raced well and supported each other in all the races. The more swimmers we have from Junior Development and Development squads taking part in these matches the better and it is an ideal way to get race experience, practice and update times for entry to other competitions. The league is designed to benefit the younger developing swimmers and as such for every event, including the relays, there are “too fast” times which incur the club penalty points. On Sunday out of the 37 swims, 18 of the Stirling Swims were “too fast” and 15 of these were so fast that for each one we lost 5 points. This is why despite winning the most races and being the fastest team on the day, we finished in 6th place!! Hard for the swimmers to understand, but as I said to them “it’s all about racing as fast as they can and practicing winning races – you don’t win an Olympic medal by finishing in 4th place!” We will be looking at different options for making up the team for future matches so that we are winning races but not swimming way too fast J
This weekend coming it is the West District Senior Championships in East Kilbride and we have a strong contingent of swimmers racing over the two days. The following weekend we have the Grand Prix for all squads on Saturday morning as well as a small group of our senior swimmers travelling to Marseille to race in their final competition before the Commonwealth Trials in April.
An exciting few weeks ahead hopefully some big pb’s, finals and medals to look forward to.
Let’s keep this momentum of fast swimming going.