Bo’ness ASC Celebrates 40 Years

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The Great North Swim Open Water event …

Hugh Sellars from the BASC Masters Squad had a very successful trip down to the Lake District to compete in the Great North Swim over the weekend of June 10th. The Great North Swim is the UK’s biggest open water swim event and an estimated 10,000 people were predicted to take to the water over the three day festival on Lake Windermere.

Hugh swam in two different events over the weekend, swimming an open 1 mile course on the Saturday, followed by a 10km swim on the Sunday. Hugh completed the 1 mile course in 27 mins 51 secs, narrowly missing a new PB by just 60 secs.


Undeterred Hugh then swam a fantastic 10 km on the Sunday coming in under his 3 hr target time in 2 hrs 29 mins 23 secs! A great result when you consider that Hugh had only swam that distance twice before in an indoor pool! Perfectly calm water conditions on the Sunday with a balmy 20 degrees water temperature, combined with the great atmosphere of the event itself to encourage Hugh to push on round each of the 6 one mile laps to complete the distance without stopping. A terrific achievement in itself!

Hugh is already preparing for his next challenge event the Windermere One Way, which is a 10 mile open water swim the full length of Lake Windermere. Wetsuits are optional on that one apparently!

By all accounts there are a few Open Water Swimming enthusiasts in the Masters Squad. We look forward to hearing about more of your exploits in the future!

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Swim West Lothian IM Tough Meet : Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd May

BASC had another very successful performance with 12 swimmers attending the Swim West Lothian (SWL) IM Tough Meet over the weekend of 20th – 22nd May at the Xcite Centre in Bathgate. BASC team members won a total of 15 medals over the weekend!

Rachel Christie set the tone in the first event on the Friday evening session setting an impressive new personal best in her 800m Freestyle event and collecting a Silver medal in the Girls 13yrs age category. Rachel also set a new personal best by 7.15 seconds in her 200m Breaststroke on the Sunday.

Kirstyn Calder had another great weekend in the Girls 14 yrs age category winning a Gold for her 100m, 200m & 400m Freestyle, a Silver for her 200m Backstroke and a Bronze in the 50m Fly events.

Meanwhile her brother, Douglas Calder won Silver in the 11 yrs & Under age group for his 200m Backstroke, 200m Breaststroke.

Douglas and Dylan Christie both won a Silver in the 50m Breaststroke matching their finishing times of 44.15 secs to the millisecond. Dylan also collected Bronze as a result of his controlled 200m Breaststroke swim.

Niamh Tierney did well winning Gold in the Girls 12 yrs 200m Backstroke as well as a Silver in the 100m Backstroke and Bronze in both the 100m & 200m Freestyle, as well as taking over four seconds off of her 200m Breaststroke entry time.

Significant PB’s set included:
Alicia Evans improvement on her 200m Breaststroke swim by 2.13 seconds.
Cara Farquharson made progress in her 50m Breaststroke setting a new personal best.
Alice Knight made a credible improvement in her 200m Backstroke by 4.05 seconds from her entry time.
Rahul Kishore improved on his 50m Freestyle entry time, as did Fionnlagh McGuire in his 200m Freestyle.
Abby Keeble made progress in her tough 100m Fly swim by 0.71 seconds.
Joy Drummond also placed a respectable time on the Sunday afternoon in her 50m Breaststroke just over her personal best.

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InCAS Distance Meet – 14th & 15th May

A very freindly InCAS (Inverkeithing Competitive Amateur Swimmers) Distance Meet was held over the weekend of 14th May at the Carnegie Leisure Centre, Dunfermline. BASC had 10 swimmers attending from Silver and Gold squads with swimmers, coaches and parents alike enjoying the well organized event. All the swimmers put in great individual efforts and together each contributed significantly towards a great overall team performance.

Douglas Calder had an outstanding weekend winning 5 Gold medals and setting new PB’s in all of his events, smashing his previous best time in the 400m Freestyle by 25.52 secs!

Fionnlagh McGuire won Bronze for his 200m Backstroke, and had the biggest PB of the weekend with a 30.00 sec improvement for his 200m IM time.

Sarah Coffey swam really well in the 800m Freestyle completing the race in just over 11 mins; her first time swimming that distance competitively and the only BASC swimmer to take part in that event. She also achieved some big PB’s in her 200m Backstroke improving by 14.90 secs and in her 200m Freestyle by 4.85 secs, finishing in 4th and 5th place respectively.

Also in the medals, Liam Murphy took 7 secs off of his 200m Breaststroke time to take Silver, with his biggest PB of the event coming on Sunday afternoon beating his previous 200m Backstroke time by 8.26 secs.

Every swimmer set new PB’s in most if not all of their events, and each certainly benefited from the support and encouragement they gave each other poolside. Noteworthy PB’s beyond those already mentioned included;

Dylan Christie improved on his 400m Freestyle time by 11.60 secs.
Joy Drummond beat her 200m Freestyle time by 17.04 secs and her 200m Backstroke by 12.78 secs.
Eilidh Gorton did well beating her previous 200m Backstroke time by 21.69 secs and took 14.63 secs off her 200m Breaststroke time.
Abby Keeble was another swimmer setting big PB’s, improving on her 200m IM by 23.31 secs, and taking 10.49 secs of her 200m Backstroke.
Rahul Kishore also set new PB’s in all of his swims, with his biggest improvement being 8.28 secs for his 400m Freestyle.
Similarly James Osborne set new PB’s in both of his events, with his biggest improvement being 8.75 secs in his 200m Breaststroke.

All in all a great event for BASC!

As usual many thanks to the coaches; Sandy Stephen, Ross Stephen and Elaine Coffey attending. Also to the parent helpers Mike Calder & Ali McGuire as timekeepers, Jane Murphy & Valerie Christie judge training and Linda Keeble recording results.

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Bo’ness ASC swimmers shine at Scottish National Age Group Championships

Eight Bo’ness ASC swimmers were among the thirty-three athletes representing FIRST at the Scottish National Age Group Championships (SNAGs) at Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre, held over 5 days from Wed 30th March through to Sunday 3rd April.

The FIRST team comprises of swimmers from Bo’ness, Falkirk Otters and Grangemouth ASC’s. The eight swimmers from Bo’ness really rose to the occasion and put in some terrific performances. By the end of the meet the FIRST team achieved 5th in the overall team standings, thanks in no small part to the contribution made by Bo’ness swimmers.


Kirstyn Calder had a very successful 3rd SNAGs appearance with Team FIRST, which saw Kirstyn dominating the Freestyle events in the Girls 14yrs age category. Not only did she set new PB times across a range of different Freestyle distances, she won Bronze at 1500m in a time of 18:32.40, and Gold for her 800m Freestyle finishing in 9:35.76, 13.66 secs quicker than her entry time. Kirstyn was also awarded the Scottish National Age Group Champion for Girls 14yrs 800m Freestyle. A terrific achievement for Kirstyn and the club.



snags_201603_keir_editedKeir Edgar (Boys 15yrs) put in highly successful performances over all five days. Keir consistently qualified for final places in just about every heat he swam in, setting new PB’s which he then went on to improve upon in final swims. On the first day Keir qualified for a place in the final of the 50m Fly, winning Bronze with a time of 27.63 and setting a new PB. He followed that up by qualifying for a place in the 100m Backstroke final, winning Gold with a time of 1:02.03, setting a new PB & was awarded the Scottish National Age Group Champion for Boys 15yrs 100m Backstroke. The second day saw a continuation of Keir’s quality form, qualifying for a final place in the 200m Backstroke after setting a heat time of 2:20.30. He went on to win Gold in the final, finishing in 2:14.69 which was a huge improvement on his heat time and secured him another Scottish National Age Group Championship award this time for Boys 15ys 200m Backstroke. On the third day the 100m Breaststroke saw Keir setting a new PB with a time of 1:14.98 in the heats, going on to improve on this further in the final, finishing in seventh place in 1:13.57 in what was a very competitive field. In the 50m Freestyle, he again qualified for a place in the final, went on to win Bronze and improved on his heat time finishing in 25.95. A familiar pattern of setting good qualifying times in the heats and winning medals in the finals was well established by the fourth day, which saw Keir breaking the 30 sec barrier in the 50m Backstroke heats with a time of 29.60, securing him a place in the final, where he went on to finish second touching the wall in 29.21. This earned him a Silver medal just missing out on the chance to complete a treble of gold medals in the backstroke.

Keir also swam in both relay events available. In the 4x100m Freestyle relay, he participated alongside F.I.R.S.T teammates Ryan Retson, Scott Lilburn and Liam Harkin to finish fifth, reducing the entry time to finish in 3:48.33. The same team participate in the 4x200m Freestyle relay, putting in great individual performances to finish in a time of 8:23.31, finishing fourth overall.

Bo’ness swimmer Jemma Brown also represented Team FIRST and swam on the fourth day in the 100m Fly event in the senior 17 & Over age category. Jemma finished in a respectable time of 1:09.10, just over her personal best.

While three of the eight Bo’ness swimmers had attended the SNAGs event before, five were attending the Championships for the first time across a variety of different age groups. Niamh Tierney swam in the Girls 12yrs, Liam Murphy in Boys 11yrs, Douglas Calder in Boys 10yrs, with Alicia Evans swimming in the Girls 12yrs and Rachel Christie Girls 13yrs age categories.


Niamh Tierney had a great meet overall and a superb start participating in two separate events on the first day. Niamh clocked up an impressive swim of 1:05.96 in the 100m Freestyle, bettering her personal best by over a second. In the 50m Backstroke, she touched the wall in a respectable time of 35.78, a swim which was in line with her long course personal best. Day 2 saw Niamh make more steady progress in two more freestyle and backstroke events. In the 100m Backstroke, Niamh finished in a time of 1:15.74, which saw her finish 19th in what was a very competitive age category. Furthermore, the 50m Freestyle event saw her sprint to the finish in a time of 30.81, which was a new long course personal best. By the middle of the meet Niamh was producing impressive performances in her preferred freestyle and backstroke events. The 200m Freestyle saw her finish with a hugely impressive time of 2:22.62; this was a best time of more than three seconds, which secured an admirable 19th place finish, missing out on the final by only two seconds. The 200m Backstroke saw Niamh make further progress with her heat time of 2:37.47 securing a place in the evening’s finals. In her first ever Scottish Age Group final, Niamh clocked up a respectable time of 2:39, after a grueling day’s events. The final two days saw her make further progress. Niamh swam magnificently in the endurance 800m Freestyle, her first time in a long course pool. She finished in a time of 10:14.02, guaranteeing her a top six finish. The final event of her Scottish Nationals on the final day, was the 400m Freestyle. She finished her meet in admirable style, showing determination to finish in a respectable time of 5:02.20. Niamh also participated in the Girls 11-14 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay, along with teammates Ellie Palmer, Darcey Adam and Rachel Christie. They finished in a time of 4:27.74, with every girl putting in great individual performances. She also participated in the medley relay of the same age group, swimming backstroke with the team finishing in 5:08.94, securing a top ten finish.


Liam Murphy had a fantastic first Nationals meet. He performed each event with control and rose to the challenges associated with higher level competition. Liam achieved a new personal best in the 50m Fly touching the wall at 35.63. He followed this up managing to deliver a controlled 200m Breaststroke bringing home a 10.10 second personal best touching the wall at 3:12.01. The second day saw Liam’s success continue when he recorded a new long course time of 40.15 for the 50m Breaststroke event. He also managed to deliver a smashing time for his 100m Breaststroke swim recording a new personal best at 1:25.99, an improvement of 4.07 seconds. In the relays events Liam participated in the boys 11-13 yrs 4 x 100m medley, along with Elliot Millar, Lucas Grieve and Douglas Calder. The team came 3rd in their heat, with a time of 5:11.25.


Relay team mate, 10 year old Douglas Calder was another first timer at the National Age Group Championships. As well as helping the relay team beat their own entry time, Douglas managed to secure a spot and swam in the 100m Breaststroke event posting a long course time of 1:35.18. Douglas certainly rose to the occasion, enjoyed the National Age Group taster and demonstrated plenty of athletic potential for future success.



snags_201603_alicia_editedAlicia Evans was also competing in her first Scottish Nationals event where she set a new PB in the 50m Breaststroke with a time of 40.67.







Meanwhile Rachel Christie made an impressive debut in the 200m IM. She clocked a new long course personal best in a time of 2:48.78, showing remarkable composure for her first ever national event. The third day of the event saw Rachel participate in the 200m Freestyle, where she finished an impressive swim in a time of 2:25.39 and like in the medley event of the previous day, she finished with a new long course personal best. A grueling 400m IM on the penultimate day saw Rachel finish in an admirable time of 5:59.01, dipping under the six-minute barrier, which was a highly impressive feat. The 50m Breaststroke sprint event on the same day saw her clock up a highly respectable time of 41.71, making an improvement of just under a second.

Along with teammates Ellie Palmer, Darcey Adam and Niamh Tierney, Rachel participated in the Girls 11-14 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay. They finished in a time of 4:27.74, with every girl putting in great individual performances. She also participated in the medley relay of the same age group, swimming breaststroke – the team finished in 5:08.94, which secured a top ten finish.

FIRST Head Coach Monica Borland commented: “FIRST had another outstanding result at the Scottish National Age Group Championships held at Tollcross last week, with strong performances from swimmers across the Clubs. Five of the Bo’ness swimmers were competing for the first time at a National meet. The swimmers were a credit to Bo’ness ASC and to FIRST. They approached the meet in a very professional way for their young ages and demonstrated the remuneration that hard work and commitment can bring. The training and education being delivered by the coaches in the Club is of the highest standard and it is a pleasure to see so many Club swimmers reaching this level. Moreover, it is rewarding to see the program continue to flourish and we have exciting times ahead.”


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Falkirk Otters Meet Report – Sat 26th & Sun 27th March

Another multi-squad turn out at this event with 20 swimmers competing from Developer to Gold squads, cheering their teammates on to win a clutch of medals and set new PB’s. BASC swimmers won a total of 23 medals; with 5 Golds, 11 Silver and 7 Bronze medals.

Sarah Coffey and Alice Knight had a terrific weekend winning joint Best Girl in their age category. Sarah won 3 Golds (11yrs 200m IM, 100m Back, 400m Freestyle) and 2 Bronze (11yrs 100m IM, 50m Back), while Alice won 3 Silver (11yrs 200m IM, 100m Back, 400m Freestyle) and 1 Bronze (11yrs 100m Breast), setting new PB’s in every swim and improving her 400m Freestyle time by 16.8 secs.

Abby Keeble did very well in her age group winning 3 Silver (12yrs 100m IM, 50m Fly, 100m Fly) and 1 Bronze (12yrs 400m Free). Abby also achieved best BASC PB of the day improving her 400m Freestyle time by an impressive 26.77 secs.

Liam Murphy won 2nd place Best Boy in his age group, taking home 2 Golds (11yrs 100m IM, 100m Breast), 3 Silver (11yrs 50m Back, 200m IM, 100m Back) and 1 Bronze (11yrs 400m Free) with a 11.63 sec improvement on his 400m Freestyle time.

Also in the medals were Joy Drummond with 1 Bronze (11yrs 50m Breast) and Max Gemmel with 2 Silver (12yrs 200m IM and 100m Fly) and 1 Bronze (400m Freestyle).

Away from the medals almost all BASC swimmers set new PB’s. In the younger age group Holly Holmes improved her 7-8yrs 100m IM time by 9.97 secs, and she achieved 5th place for her 50m Breast setting a new PB by 8.04 secs.

Many thanks to the coaches; Susan Grant, Elaine Coffey and James & Sandy Stephen; also to our timekeepers Hazel Glen & Alison Mulholland; and Judge Mentors Sandra Knight & Jane Murphy. A special thanks also to Linda Keeble for the meet report!

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Great result for BASC Swimmers at Ren 96 Meet

Twelve BASC swimmers from across Bronze, Silver and Gold squads swam over the weekend at the Ren96 meet at the Linwood Sports Hub. It was a very successful meet for BASC with a total of 18 medal places and some very impressive PB’s being set.

Medal positions went to the following:
Alice Knight; Silver for 11-12 yrs 100m & 200m Breast as well as 200m Back. Alice also won a Bronze for her 100m Back.
Dylan Christie; Gold for 11-12yrs 200m Breast and 3 Bronze places for 200m & 400m Free and 200m Back
Sarah Coffey; won 3 Golds for 11-12yrs 100m & 400m Free and 50m Back
Liam Murphy; Bronze for 11-12yrs 100m Fly
Fionnlagh McGuire; Silver for 8-10yrs 50m Back & Bronze in 100m IM & 50m Free
Abbie Keeble; Gold for 11-12yrs 50m Fly
Cara Farqhuarson; won 2 Golds for 100m & 200m Breast

Ren96_medalsMedal winners Alice Knight, Dylan Christie, Niamh Glen, Cameron Hayden, Sarah Coffey, Liam Murphy, Fionnlagh McGuire, Abbie Keeble looking very pleased with themselves.


A few exceptional PB’s to mention include:
Sarah Coffey managed to set a new PB for her 400m Free by a whooping 65.66 secs!
Alice Knight best her previous 400m Free by 43.69 secs, and Liam Murphy by 41.61 secs in the same event. Cameron Hayden improved his 200m Free by 22.68 secs.

Well done everyone and thanks to coaches and volunteers for their efforts on the day!

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Good fun at 10-pin Bowling evening

Many thanks to Ellen Kilgour for organizing what turned out to be a really good evening’s 10-pin bowling.


A full turn out of BASC bowling hopefuls filled 7 of the Deer Park lanes. A fun time was had by all with a range of quite unique bowling styles on display, some more successful than others.


Good use was also made of the gutter bumpers which remained up for the duration. Amongst the strikes and spares there were at least a couple of bowls that ended up in neighbouring lanes, unintentionally helping players from different teams!



It certainly seemed that everyone enjoyed the evening!

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Swimmers secure Scottish National Age Group times!!

Congratulations to Gold squad swimmers Liam Murphy, Alicia Evans and Douglas Calder upon securing Scottish National Age Group Championship 2016 times!

FIRST_InterClub_GoldThis is a significant achievement for the swimmers in their journey towards swimming excellence! Liam Murphy (11) has managed to secure times in the 50m Fly, 200m BR, 50m BR and 100m BR; similarly Alicia Evans (11) has achieved times in the 50m and 100m BR events; with Douglas Calder (10) making the consideration time for the 50m BR.

The swimmers are three of six BASC athletes who achieved qualification times at the recently held FIRST Inter-Club Time Trial on Sunday 21st February. Niamh Tierney (12), Kirstyn Calder (13) and Rachel Christie (12) also managed to set new PB’s and consideration/qualification times.

Keir Edgar (14) and Jemma Brown (17) have also achieved consideration/ qualification times in a number of events for April’s event.

Commenting upon the success of the swimmers, Head Coach Ross Stephen stated that: ‘This is a great achievement for the individual swimmers who have worked hard to meet the national times. In addition, it further illustrates the Club’s commitment to developing competitive swimmers to a National standard on an annual basis.’

Coaches and Committee also wish to thank those involved in organizing the FIRST Inter-Club time trial which provided an excellent opportunity for swimmers to achieve accredited times, both for the Nationals and for entry to future competitions.

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Tesco Bo’ness Bag Packing – Sat 27th Feb 

BASC bag packers managed to raise £517.45 on Saturday at the Bo’ness Tesco store. 18 volunteers were split over 4 tills, each working one 2 hr slot between 10am and 4pm. A big thanks to everyone who took part, to Eirwen Hopwood for organizing, to Tesco’s for letting us be there and the shoppers who gave so generously on the day!

Quite a few of the shoppers commented that they or someone they knew had been involved with the club in the past and were pleased to see and hear that the club is still going strong. The most prevailing memory for many seems to have been the early starts for some reason…

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