Turbos his top gear as Emma scoops memorial trophy

Teviotdale Turbos relay swimmers Emma Suddon, Aylish Paisley, Rachel Sharp and Ellie Paisley

Teviotdale Turbos relay swimmers Emma Suddon, Aylish Paisley, Rachel Sharp and Ellie Paisley

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NINE members of the Teviotdale Turbos Swimming Club were in action at last Thursday night’s Border freestyle championships at Galashiels.

All were competing in the 100m freestyle, and Lindsay Boyle was first up in her first competitive race for the club, swimming a great four-second personal best.

Emma Suddon proudly holds the John C. Mackay Memorial Trophy

Emma Suddon proudly holds the John C. Mackay Memorial Trophy

Jenny Sharp and Amy McMichan were in the same race and both competed well, while in the following heat, Mairead Cottrell and Lindsay Jack also put in strong performances. Ellie Paisley was next and enjoyed a good race just inside her personal best. Rachel Sharp, Aylish Paisley and Emma Suddon competed in the last two heats and all three girls finished well inside their previous best times. Aylish and Emma swum themselves into the ‘B’ final and put in great swims, while Rachel Sharp qualified for the ‘A’ race and finished fourth.

On the night, Emma Suddon won the overall under-12s’ trophy for the fastest time, while Lizi Clelland, from Kelso, scooped the under-16 title, with Rachel Sharp finishing a close second.

The relays were next with the quartet of Jenny, Mairead, Amy and Lindsay notching a good time, and the ‘A’ team, comprising Rachel, Emma, Aylish and Ellie, taking silver in an exciting finish behind Gala.

The John C. Mackay Memorial Trophy, which was this year won by Emma Suddon for the under-12s, was last lifted by a Hawick swimmer, Janis K. Brown, in 1973 and Elaine Fox (now Miller) in 1972.