Young Largs swim stars continued their flying start to 2018 winning more medals at Round 1 of the West District Long Course Championships.

The event saw swimmers from the North Ayrshire Amatuer Swim Club racing against the very fastest from across the region with teams competing from as far away as Dumfries and Grangemouth.

Fresh from his success at the Scottish Schools championship at the same pool in East Kilbride the previous weekend, Fraser Kelly bagged the first gold medal of the meet for the club, winning the 400m Free for swimmers who will turn 15 in the course of 2018.

Later in the weekend he took a silver in the 400m IM and could have added a third honour, being beaten into 4th in the 100m Free by just half a second.

Minutes later Isla Waller swam her way to a bronze medal in the 100m Fly for 11-year olds.

It was a dream start for Isla in her first West District championship race, having had a number of consideration times last year but being too young to enter.

Isla followed it up with another bronze in the 400m Free and could so nearly have gone home with four medals with 4th placed finishes in the 100m Breast Stroke and the 100m Free (missing the podium by just 3 tenths of a second.)

Head Coach Ross Douglas pointed to their swims as some of his highlights of the meet. “I was really proud of the younger swimmers in the club, like Isla,” he said.

“They swam fast to make finals, and then in the finals all of them went faster, which for me is the only goal you should ever have in that situation. If you do that then you’re going to give yourself a chance to win a medal.

“The medal tally was excellent. Fraser got a couple of qualifying times for the Scottish National Age Group Championships”.

“It was a really positive meet with PB’s all over the place”

Among those was Fairlie’s Andrew Sutherland who took over 2 and a half seconds off his 100m Free in the 15-year olds category.