CARNEGIE Swimming Club's Ellie Turner led a successful Scottish meet by claiming a first senior national title last week.

The 16-year-old travelled with several of her club-mates to Scottish Swimming's National Open Championships in Aberdeen and produced a superb performance to win the 200 metres backstroke title.

Turner's prize was one of a number claimed by Carnegie members at the event, which attracted around 650 competitors, including the likes of Commonwealth Games stars Duncan Scott, Ross Murdoch and Aimee Willmott.

The medal-rush began on the opening day of competition when, in the 400m individual medley, both Turner and Jacqueline McMillan progressed to the finals.

In the B final, McMillan, 15, improved her heat time to post a PB of 5:09.90 to place second, while in the A race, Turner's swim of 5:00.97 was good enough for fourth place overall and her first long course junior national title.

Para-swimmer Cara Smyth claimed a fine third place on day two in the multi-class 200m individual medley in a race that featured local swimmer Toni Shaw, who had previously set a British record for the S9 100m butterfly.

The 18-year-old, from Dalgety Bay, followed that success with another medal-winning performance, this time in the multi-class 100m breaststroke, where she competed against Paralympian Ellie Simmonds.

A time of 1:48.44 saw Smyth place second in the heats, a spot she retained in the A final to win a superb silver medal in 1:50.18.

It was then the turn of backstroke trio Turner, McMillan and Morven Lister to contest the 200m event, and both Turner and Lister stormed into the A final, while McMillan placed third in the B race.

Lister finished 10th in 2:25.54 but, after taking control of the race from the start, the impressive Turner powered her way to a lead that she was never going to relinquish and, in 2:15.84 – 4.48 seconds faster than the University of Stirling's runner-up Isabel Jones – she claimed not only another junior title but her maiden national senior title.

A third junior title of the weekend was soon to follow in the 100m backstroke for Turner, who also claimed third in the 50m butterfly B final, as she placed fourth overall in a race where Lister also made the top 10 once more to compete in the A final.

There were several other impressive performances by Carnegie members, including from Smyth, who completed a fine weekend with hard-earned fourth places in the multi-class 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke, and a sixth spot in the 100m freestyle.

McMillan also concluded an excellent meet by placing sixth in the women's 400m freestyle B final with an improved heat time of 4:34.40, and by finishing fourth in the 200m butterfly B final with a time of 2:29.61 that was much improved from the heats.

In the men's multi-class 100m freestyle, Cameron Hemphill made a good start to his weekend with an eighth place in the final, which he followed up by taking ninth in the 50m freestyle.

Finishing off the individual events, and appearing in her first national finals, was Thanrada McGregor, where two super swims in the 200m butterfly and 50m breaststroke saw her finish eighth and fourth respectively in the B finals.

The club was also represented in three women's relay finals, with Turner, Lister, McMillan and Rebecca Braid finishing a creditable seventh in the 4x200m freestyle; McGregor, Turner, Braid and McMillan placing eighth in the 4x100m freestyle; and Lister, McGregor, McMillan and Braid finishing 10th in the 4x100m medley.

A fine weekend for Carnegie was topped off by them finishing as the sixth-placed club overall, which a spokesperson described as "a fantastic achievement and a great result for all the hard work that the swimmers and coaches have put themselves through for the whole season".