Helensburgh Amateur Swimming club's young members were out in force at the West District Sprint and Relay Championships held in the Citadel Sports Centre in Ayr last weekend.

The girls triumphed with a strong display by the age 11 and 12 relay team, comprising Roisin Kavanagh, Kirsty Trail, Rachel Stewart and Caitriona Stewart and an individual medal winning and club record breaking performance by Roisin Kavanagh.

Caitriona brought back three gold and one silver medal for her individual performance and a bronze relay medal, while Roisin won two bronze medals, one each for her individual and relay performances.

Kirsty Trail and Rachel Stewart each secured a bronze relay medal, their first regional medals.

Caitriona Stewart, swimming in the 12 year age group, performed very strongly all weekend, storming to first place in the 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke.

She took second place in the 50m butterfly and secured personal best times in all of her events.

The girls relay team swam really well, timing the changeovers perfectly to secure a bronze medal in the 11-12 years 200m freestyle, and narrowly missed out on a second bronze, having to settle for fourth place in the 11-12 years 200m medley.

Rosin, 11, was swimming in the 11-12 year age group against swimmers up to a year older. Her performance in the 50m backstroke was particularly impressive as she secured second place in the heats but was just pipped in the final, having to settle for bronze.

She also put in a record breaking performance in the 100m individual medley with a time of 1.20.05s, breaking the club record of 1.23.19 by more than three seconds, a record previously set by Olivia Dougan in 2012.

Whilst the four girls monopolised the weekend’s medals, strong performances were returned by the rest of the team with personal best times secured in 26 events.

Ryan Thomas and Alex Johnson secured personal best times in all of their events, with Jasmine Mansfield, Emily Miller, Kirsty Trail and William Peace securing personal best times in one or more of their swims.

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