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24/06/2008 InCAS
Distance Meet

What a weekend local swim club InCAS had at their own annual Distance
Meet held at the Fife Institute, Glenrothes on Saturday and Sunday
21st and 22nd June.

With 25 clubs from all over Scotland – and also a club from England –
the competition was excellent.

Eleven year old InCAS swimmer Rachael O’Donnell had an outstanding two
days with eight swims. She took home 8 Golds, 6 National Records and 7
East District Records and, not surprisingly, won Top 11/12 years age
group. Rachael’s Golds came in the 200m Backcrawl 2.33.26; 200m
Breastroke 2.59.18; 200m Butterfly 2.39.95; 200m Freestyle 2.16.68;
200m Individual Medley 2.38.07; 400m Freestyle 4.48.06; 400m IM
5.24.14; and 800m Freestyle 9.57.76.

The girls 10 and under age group saw 9 year old Tain Bruce have an
excellent weekend winning a Silver in the 200m backcrawl, a 4th place
medal in the 400m Free and two 5th place medals in the 200m Breastroke
and 200m Free.

The 13/14 years saw 13 year old Leah Marshall have an outstanding
weekend with Silver in the 200m Backcrawl and four superb lifetime
bests. Thirteen year old Ailidh Brown won Bronze in the 200m Backcrawl
and two 5th place medals in the 200m Breastroke and 200m Individual

All in all 8 Golds, 2 Silvers, 1 Bronze, 18 finalists and a superb 37
lifetime bests from 44 swims plus 6 Scottish National Age Group
Records and 7 East District Records.

04/06/2008 East
District Open Swimming Championships

A small group of InCAS swimmers were in competition in the East
District Open swimming championships at the International Royal
Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh on Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st
June. Young 11 year old Rachael O’Donnell, despite swimming with an
injured leg, won three Golds – one in the 200m backstroke in a new
East District Record time of 2.42.26. She also won Gold in the 200m
front crawl in 2.20.88 and 200 m Individual Medley in 2.40.19. Rachael
also won Silver in the 200m Breastroke.

Fourteen year old Roisin Donnelly, only competing in one race, easily
won the Gold in the 200m Breastroke.

Ailidh Brown won a Bronze in the 200m backstroke in the 13 years age
group in an excellent lifetime best, was 4th in the 200m Breastroke,
4th in the 200m IM and 5th in the 200m frontcrawl.

Other Incas swimmers who competed were Amber MacWhirter achieving four
lifetime bests; Isla McLeod in her only swim finished in 5th place
with an excellent lifetime best. Ashleigh Yates, still recovering from
a virus, was just outside her PB’s.

Altogether 4 Golds, 1 Silver ,1 Bronze, 10 finalists and a superb 11
lifetime bests.

For further information contact Linda Rae on 07957 538107

20/05/2008 Success
in Sheffield for InCAS Swimmers

Eight InCAS swimmers ventured down to Sheffield to compete in the
Rotherham Open Age Group Meet at Ponds Forge – the International 50m

With teams from all over the UK the standard was exceptionally high
but what a haul from the Incas swimmers. They returned home with 3
Golds, 6 Silvers, 6 Bronzes, 27 Finalists and a superb 34 lifetime

Young 11 year old Rachel O’Donnell had an excellent weekend with 3
Golds, 2 Silvers, 1 Bronze, 5 lifetime bests and another qualifying
time for the British Age Groups in July. Rachel’s Golds came in the
100m Butterfly (1.12.37); 200m Butterfly (2.42.26); and 200m Freestyle
(2.21.09). Her Silver came in the 200m Individual Medley in a British
time of 2.37.11 and her Bronze was in the 100m Freestyle. Rachel went
on to achieve an excellent time in the Open 400m Free in 4.52.41.

Fourteen year old Roisin Donnelly had a good weekend swimming in the
strongest age group at the competition with two Silvers in the 200m
Breastroke in 2.46.39 and 100m Breastroke in 1.17.18 just outside her
Personal Best. Roisin also won a Bronze in the 50m Butterfly in a PB
of 31.10 and was 4th in the 200m Individual Medley in 2.31.65 – a big

In the youngest category, 9 year old Tain Bruce had a very auspicious
weekend in her first ever trip “abroad” and first
competition at a long course meet. She won Silver in the 100m
Backstroke and 3 Bronzes in the 50m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle and 200m
freestyle and a 4th in the 100m free style.

Team mate 9 year old Morven Rae-Seaman also in her first long course
competition achieved three 5th’s, a sixth and 4 lifetime bests.

The girls 12 years age group saw Chelsea Lawson have a superb swim in
the 50m Free. She went into the competition in 17th place and she won
Bronze in a superb 29.93 only one tenth off the Gold. Chelsea also
finished in 5th place in the 100m Free, 6th place in 50m Fly, 7th
place in the 100m back and 8th place in the 200m B/C achieving five
lifetime bests.

The same age group saw Kayleigh Hutton finish in 6th place in the 50m
Free with 3 lifetime bests.

The boys 11 year old age group saw Conor Nally have a very good
weekend with a Silver in the 100m Fly and a 7th in the 50m Fly
achieving 6 lifetime bests.

Isla MacLeod in her first time ‘abroad’ achieved a very creditable
4 lifetime bests.

Altogether a fantastic weekend of swimming against some of the best in


For further information contact Linda Rae, 07957 538107

12/05/2008 Young
InCAS Swimmers Dominate

Sunday 11 May saw the East Lothian Novice Graded Swim Meet held at the
new Leisure Centre in Prestonpans. What a day for the youngsters from

The girls 8 and under age group was dominated by InCAS swimmers.
Lauren Pirouet won a gold in the 50m free; silver in the 25m fly; and
bronze in the 50m breaststroke. Each swim was a superb lifetime best
for Lauren.

Not far behind was Amy Marshall with gold in the 50 m backcrawl;
silver in the 50 m breast and a 4th place in the 50m free. Suzanne
O’Brien – who is only 7 years old – won silver in the 50 m free;
bronze in the 25m fly and a 4th place in the 50 m breast. Team-mate
Jennifer Anne Saunders took a 4th, a 5th and 6th in fly, back and
breast strokes. Seven year old Leighona Harper was 6th in the 50 m
back stroke.

In the boys 8 years and under, Connor Crabb excelled with a gold in
the 50 m free; silver in the 25 fly and was 4th in the 50 m back

The boys 9 years age group saw Struan Moodie winning 2, too fast
tickets in 25 fly and 50 free.

In the afternoon session, Emily Paterson was also too fast in both the
50m back and 50m free – with 2 outstanding personal bests.

Altogether 3 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze, 4 too fasts, 17 top 6 places
and a superb 20 lifetime bests.

Well done to all these young swimmers.


For further information contact Linda Rae, 07985 538107

29/04/2008 Another
successful weekend for InCAS – young and old!
New Scottish Records for Master swimmers

InCAS swimmers were hugely successful this weekend at 3 different

Three INCAS Masters swimmers competed in the Scottish Open Masters
Championships at the Tollcross International Pool in Glasgow on
Friday/Saturday 25th/26th April.

What a haul of medals – 6 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze and two Scottish

Craig Holmes was outstanding winning 4 Golds, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze
with two new Scottish Records.

Craig’s Golds came in the 50m Butterfly in a new Scottish Record of
26.56 and 100m Butterfly in 1.00.33 – again a new Scottish Record. The
50m Backstroke gave Craig his 3rd Gold in 28.97 just outside the
record and finally his 4th Gold in the 100m Backstroke in 1.02.10. His
Silver came in the 200m Backstroke and his Bronze in the 50m

In the older category Royal Navy sailor Paul Woodland, competing in
his first competition for four years, swam a brilliant 100m Breastroke
to knock 14 seconds from his previous lifetime best to win Silver.

Ever-young 50 year old Andrea Gellan also swam superbly winning two
Golds in the 200m Freestyle in 2.51.37 and 800m Freestyle in 12.24.92.
She also won Silver in the 100m Freestyle.

Altogether an outstanding weekend for these INCAS Masters.

At the other end of the club, 4 young swimmers aged 8 and 9 travelled
to Larkhall to compete in the Falkirk Otters meet. They had 14 swims
between them and landed 1 Gold, 4 Silvers, and 3 sixth place finished.

Eight year old Lauren Pirouet won Gold in the 50m Backstroke; Silver
in the 50 m Freestyle; and was sixth in the 50m Butterfly.

Nine year old Tain Bruce picked up 3 silver medals – one in each 50
m Freestyle, Butterfly and Backstroke.

Amy Marshall and Morven Rae-Seaman each picked up sixth place medals
for their 50 m Breaststroke and Backstroke respectively.

A successful day for the young swimmers.

On Sunday InCAS held their annual Club Championships at HMS Caledonia.
Around 60 swimmers from age 5 to 50 competed throughout the day. When
the final points are added up we’ll find out who are the champions.
But of course, they are all champions for competing!


02/03/2008 Outstanding
Success for InCAS Swimmers

The final weekend of the East District Age Group Swimming
Championships took place at the Fife Institute Glenrothes with InCAS
Swimming Club having an outstanding competition.

The girls 10/11 years age group saw some quite superb swimming with
Rachel O’Donnell star of the show. Rachel won the 100m butterfly
final in 1.11.59 which was a Scottish age group and East District

The girls 10/11 years 100m freestyle was always going to be one of the
highlights – and it didn’t disappoint. Firstly, Rachel won her
heat in a new Scottish age group time of 1.04.64. In the next heat,
InCAS swimmer Chelsea Lawson (who has only recently returned from long
term injury) beat Rachel’s time to set another Scottish age group
record in 1.04.50. A third InCAS swimmer, Laura-Kate O’Brien
qualified in 4th place for the final in an excellent personal best
time of 1.07.03. So the final was set and didn’t disappoint. It was
touch and go up to the final 5 metres. The final result was both InCAS
girls once again beating the Scottish age group record. Rachel took
the gold in 1.04.07 and Chelsea the silver in 1.04.39 and to top it
all the bronze went to Laura-Kate O’Brien.

Chelsea won the 100m backstroke final in an East District Record time
of 1.12.40 with Rachel second, also beating the ED record in 1.13.05
and Laura-Kate in 6th place.

The girls 12/13 years age group saw Ailidh Brown start to blossom and
believe in herself winning 2 bronze medals both in excellent personal
bests in the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke. Team mate 12 year
old Samantha MacMillan made 2 finals. She placed 6th in the 100 back
and 5th in the 100 fly – both personal bests. She’s now looking
forward to competing in the same age group next year!

The boys 12/13 group saw Great Britain squad water polo player, Chris
Campbell, finish in 6th place in 100 m front crawl in an excellent
personal best beating the one minute barrier in 59.94.

The girls 14/15 years group saw 14 year old Roisin Donnelly win a
silver in the 100 m breaststroke and she was 5th in the 100 m fly
despite a tummy bug.

The 16+ boys age group saw British Masters 50m fly record holder,
Craig Holmes, have a good 100m fly swim breaking the Scottish Masters
record in a time of 1.00.55.

The girls 10/11 relay team of Laura-Kate O’Brien, Erin Brown, Rachel
O’Donnell and Chelsea Lawson won silver in both the 4x50m medley and
front crawl relays. The girls 12/13 age group saw Leah Marshall,
Ailidh Brown, Samantha MacMillan and Kayleigh Hutton win silver in the
4x50m medley.

Overall Rachel O’Donnell won the 10/11 years age group top award and
also the Andrew Taylor Award for outstanding swim of the championships
in her 200m individual medley smashing the Scottish age group record
by 4.5 seconds.

InCAS – with only a handful of swimmers – finished overall in 4th
place in the East District and march onwards towards greater


20/02/2008 Five
Incas swimmers competed in the Edinburgh International Age Group Meet
held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool which incorporated the Tri-Nations
Championships. With teams from Wales,Ireland, England, Scotland and
Norway competing in all age groups the standard was very high indeed.

14 yr old Roisin Donnelly had a satisfactory weekend with a Silver in
the 100m Breastroke in 1.17.70, in the girls 13/14yrs age group less
than half a second outside her lifetime best also finishing in 4th
place in the 200m Breastroke. Young 11yr old Rachel O’Donnell swimming
in the 11/12yrs age group had a superb 200m Freestyle finishing in 4th
place in a new Scottish Age Group Record of 2.22.13 also finishing in
5th place in the 100m Freestyle in 1.06.12. Rachel also achieved an
East District record in the 200m Butterfly and 200m I.M.? 12yr old
Samantha MacMillan had a very good weekend with a magic 7th place in
the 100m Butterfly final in a lifetime best of 1.15.84 and an
excellent 7 second best in the 200m Backstroke. Other swimmers who
excelled were Kayleigh Hutton and Ailidh Brown.

On the Sunday Rachel competed in the North Ayrshire Distance meet
achieving an excellent 10.06.64 in the Open 800m Freestyle finishing
in 6th place another East District Record. At the same meet 10yr old
Connor Nally had an exciting weekend with a Bronze in the 200m
Backstroke knocking 12 seconds off his personal best also finishing in
4th places in the 200m IM (13 seconds PB) and 200m Freestyle (1 second

All the Incas swimmers are gearing up for the East District final /end
in two weeks time.