Eilidh Jaffray won a bronze medal at the recent Scottish national age groups swimming championships at Aberdeen.
The 13-year-old Hawick and Teviotdale ASC member sealed a podium spot in the 100m butterfly, shaving five seconds off her personal best to earn a place in the final. Turning in fourth position at the 50m mark, Eilidh then swam an excellent second 50m to pull clear and take the bronze, knocking another two seconds off her PB in the process.
Day one at the championships saw Eilidh, who had achieved qualifying times to swim in seven events at Aberdeen, get off to a flyer by reaching the final of the 200m butterfly with a three second personal best, as well as recording a long course PB in the 400m individual medely – both during the afternoon session.
As the 200m butterfly was the first final of the evening, there wasn’t much time for rest, and it was a case of something to eat, a short walk and back to the pool for the warm-up swim. The finals were very noisy with the crowd banging drums and blowing hooters. Undaunted, Eilidh managed to execute her race plan perfectly, finishing fourth and taking another three seconds off her PB.
Although not qualifying for any finals on days two and three, Eilidh did notch a long course PB in the 200m individual medley.
First up on day four for Eilidh was the 50m breaststroke in which she swam a long course PB, after which she made some real waves with her bronze-winning success in the 100m butterfly.
On day five, Eilidh swam the 100m breaststroke but did not make the final.
Eilidh started the championships with breaststroke being her number one event but now butterfly seems to be her strongest stroke.