Helensburgh Amateur Swimming club swimmers competed in Round 1 of the 2019 West District Long Course age group championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in mid-January. For 3 swimmers, Abey Hennessey, Alice Cumming and Owen Lyell the event marked their first time competing at regional level and for Owen his first time competing at an external event. All three took the pressure in their stride returning strong performances.
Alice Cumming monopolised the medals securing a silver and bronze but strong performances were returned by the rest of the team with personal best times secured in over 50% of the events entered.
Alice swimming in the 11 year age group competed in 5 events secured places in 3 finals and achieved pbs in 3 events. She secured her first medal in the100m Butterfly, in the heats she secured 2nd place and despite improving on her heat time she was just pipped to 3rd place in the final, a bronze medal and a pb of 4.14s, a great swim. She secured her second medal in the 400m freestyle with a 2nd place and a massive pb of 13.99s. She just missed out on another medal in the 100m Breaststroke, finishing a strong 4th in the final, in the 100m Freestyle she secured 5th place in the final and in the 100m backstroke 11th place. A fantastic performance especially for a regional debut.
Abey Hennessey also swimming in the 11 year age group swam very strongly in the 100m breaststroke taking 27th place. Owen Lyell swam very well in the 100m Freestyle in the 11 year age group securing 14th place and a stong pb of 6.92s.
Louisa Brown swam in the 100m Breaststroke in the 14 year age group. She secured 20th place in the 100m Breaststroke.
William Peace also swimming in the 14 year age group competed in the 100m Butterfly and the 100m Breaststroke securing 19th and 26th places respectively and a very impressive 4.97s pb in the Butterfly.
Michael Payne swimming in the same age group secured 27th place in the 100m Backstroke.