SOME of North Ayrshire’s fastest young swimmers proved that they are, indeed Best In The West, as they claimed nine age group titles in a fabulous two days of swimming at Tollcross.

The team picked up 14 medals at this year’s West District event and once again underlined the growing strength in depth within the senior squad with five swimmers claiming podium places.

Head Coach Ross Douglas said: “The whole weekend was very impressive. The seniors are having very tough training sessions at the moment and I keep going into these meets with very little expectation and they keep blowing me away.”

“It’s been really intense, but it’s not just hard for the sake of it, there’s a thought process behind it and they’re all responding well to that and then putting in these great performances when they’re racing which is really positive.”

“I think a lot of it is down to the environment we’re creating. We had a really good atmosphere at Tollcross and I think because the kids are feeling relaxed it’s showing through in their swimming and their times.”

There was praise from Ross for 15-year-old Harry Hume from Irvine.

The coach added: “Harry wasn’t making these kind of meets a year ago and now he’s competing at this level and getting more and more times and he seems really be enjoying this environment.”

Adam Currie (12), also from Irvine, set a new Personal Best in the 100m Free.

Eilidh Moore, swimming as a 12-year-old in this competition, was one of the youngest members of the North Ayrshire team and set new benchmarks in her 200m Breast & 100m Free races.

Another Irvine youngster Adam Currie (12) set a new PB in the 100m Free.

The coach said: "Adam is the youngest boy in our senior squad, and he’s doing a brilliant job, pushing on and getting better all the time and he’s somebody who I think can really go far in this sport.”