CARNEGIE swimmer Ollie Carter broke his own Scottish record for the 100 metres freestyle during an outstanding performance at the recent British Para Swimming International Meet.
The 17-year-old was in action at Ponds Forge in Sheffield and, having made history by becoming the first physically disabled swimmer to break one minute for the event at the Scottish Senior Championships, he bettered it with a superb time of 59.13 seconds in the S10 class.
That was quicker than the 59.75 seconds he clocked at the Scottish Championship and set the tone for a terrific meet in Yorkshire, which included PBs in the 400m freestyle (4:35.09) and in the 100m butterfly (1:10.89), while he swam close to his PB in the 200m individual medley as he reached two world finals and one GB final.
Carter, who is set to travel to Indianapolis to swim in the World Para Swimming World Series in June, had picked up five titles from five individual swims at the Scottish Championships ahead of swimming in Sheffield.
As well as the 100m freestyle, he was a winner in the 100m individual medley (1:07.93), the 50m freestyle back (34.35), the 50m adapted breaststroke (35.52) and the 50m butterfly (31.20).
Richard Brickley, president of Disability Sport Fife, hailed Carter’s record-breaking swim as the “highlight of the day for Fife” at a meet that saw them finish second in the team standings behind West of Scotland.
Carter now has his eye on earning a place in the Team GB squad for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.
Meanwhile, there was also success at the meet for Woodmill High’s Connor Brown, who was competing in his first national championship.
He struck gold in two events, the 25m freestyle front (men’s class seven, 37.92) and the 25m freestyle back (men’s class eight, 44.29).