Charlie’s the golden boy at Mighty Marlins event

Duns Amateur Swimming Club with coach Alison Affleck
Duns Amateur Swimming Club with coach Alison Affleck

Members of Duns Amateur Swimming Club have been in good form recently, with many recording personal best times and medals to boot.

In early April several members attended the mad march meet at Portobello. For some of the younger members this was their biggest meet to date and it was great experience for them.

On the Sunday Zara Milton won a gold medal in the 200 metre breaststroke and took bronze in the 200 free, while her brother Danny won a silver medal in the 200m breast. Emily Hay also medalled, winning bronze in the 50m free.Also swimming for Duns at the meet were Jade Longstaff, Megan May and Sophie Thomson.

The following week Duns ASC member Charlie Lochhead competed at the Scottish National Long Course championships at Tollcross, Glasgow, as a member of the Borders Elite Swim Team. Twelve-year-old Charlie qualified for the finals in three out of four races, finishing sixth in the 100m free and the 100m back, and seventh in the 200 back with a big PB. Charlie also competed in three relays for the 14 and under boys, with the Border boys finishing in the top 10 in every relay race.

Most recently Duns ASC were at the Mighty Marlins at Eyemouth, where they enjoyed another very successful day, particularly Charlie, who bagged a whole host of gold medals after finishing first in the 100 and 200 free, and 100 fly, and second in the 100 IM for silver. Jane Hardie won a gold medal in the 100 free, and bronze medals in the 100 back and the 100 IM, as well as recording a very good PB in the 100m back. Danny Milton took silver in the 100 breast and 100 fly, while sister Zara won gold in the 100 fly and silver in the 100 back.

Emily Hay finished fifth in the 100m breast and Sophie Thomson came fourth in the 100 free, fifth in the 100 back and sixth in the 100IM, while Ellenor Gracey came fifth in the 100 breast.

The swimmers would like to thank coach Alison affleck for her support, as well as the other borders coaches who have helped the youngsters over the last few months.