Following an unprecedented day for Kilmarnock at the Citadel the previous day, swimmers from Kilmarnock were looking to make it another successful day in the pool, this time at the Trojan Invitational Meet, held at the XCite Sports Centre in Whitburn on Sunday 10th of June.

The days events consisted of the 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke in the morning session which preceded the 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, and the team relays in the afternoon session.

With a large contingency from the City of Glasgow Swim Team, and the Broxburn Swim Team, Kilmarnock had their work cut out from the onset if we were to bring the Trojan trophy back to Ayrshire and retain the title which the club had previously held for the past 5 years.

It was fantastic to see so many of our young swimmers compete, and compete with confidence. Our youngest team member was Ryan Johnston (age 9) who swam superbly, and achieved a new Personnal Best time in his 50m Breastoke. His first official 50m breaststroke swim. Our biggest Personnal Best of the day came from Gage Easton (age 11), who knocked off 18.79s in his 50m breastroke. Well done Gage!

As the day progressed the poolside became MUCH hotter. For those of you that have experienced the heat on poolside at the Galleon and have found that uncomfortable, the pool at XCite in Whitburn made the Galleon feel like A dreich Ayrshire day in comparison.

The team also contended with a few minor injuries which all swimmers to their credit battled through without complaint. Holly cut her back during the morning dynamic warm up, Jamie incurred a bleeding nose whilst warming up in the pool, Robbie had a neck injury, and Kathryn took one of the city of Glasgow swimmers ‘head on’ in the warm up, quite literally!

The meet ended with a mixed relay which Kilmarnock won. Albeit the Team came a very close third overall in terms of points, we had a number of swimmers that swam faster than the accredited cut off times for this meet, and henceforth are now too fast to qualify for those events again! This is great news if you are now classified as being ‘too fast’ as we are looking to build and qualify for bigger meets as we continue to move forward.

Well done Kilmarnock on another great meet.

Head Coaches ‘Final’ thoughts:

Perseverance and patience are key to long term success. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. There is no such thing as failures, just experiences that you try to learn from.

Teamwork makes the dreamwork

T.E.A.M (Together Everyone Achieves More)