THE Peterhead Graded Meet on Saturday, (February 9) gave 16 young Garioch swimmers the chance to compete against peers from 12 other north-east clubs and there were some tremendous performances during the day, with a total of 12 medals being won and a host of personal bests achieved, proving that Garioch swimmers of all ages and levels have started the year in great form.
10 year olds Isla Johnston, Nicole Ogg, Lauren Stewart and Hannah Strachan all swam really well, taking sizeable chunks off their PBs for 100M freestyle and backstroke, as did 11 year-olds Cameron Crawford and Phelim McNally who made significant improvements to their times in 100M freestyle, backstroke and fly.
In the 12 year old category, Louis Zeegers achieved PBs in each of his five races, doing particularly well to swim under 1:10.0 for his 100M freestyle, with Chloe Grant also performing excellently to post PBs in all her races and taking second place in 100M freestyle.
Avery Collins also continued to make encouraging progress, showing that backstroke is one of her strongest events.
The 13 year olds were in tremendous form, with Christy Johnston, Caitlin O’Shaughnessy, Sophie Stewart and Daniel McNally achieving 13 PBs between them. Sophie did brilliantly to take bronze in the 100M backstroke, while Daniel won silver and bronze in 100M fly and backstroke and would have taken gold in the 100M freestyle if he hadn’t received a speeding ticket for swimming too fast in his category!
Christy swam under three minutes in her 200 breaststroke for the first time, taking a very creditable fourth in the Girls’ open event and showing great determination to become one of the fastest breaststrokers in the club, with Caitlin demonstrating great courage in swimming excellently despite a niggling shoulder injury.
However, arguably the most consistent performances came from 15 year old Connor Morrison who swam brilliantly to take an amazing 15 seconds off his 100M breaststroke, 11 seconds off his 100M fly and 10 seconds off his 100M backstroke, taking a silver and a bronze in the process.
He did 100M freestyle in 1:06.84, demonstrating that he is becoming one of the most improved swimmers in the club.
Not to be outdone, however, experienced campaigners Jemma Grant (15) and Ruth Bryce (16) showed the younger swimmers what tremendous competitors they are, with Ruth taking gold in the 200 backstroke and bronze medals in the 100M breast and 200M free.
Jemma was very competitive in each of her races, pushing her competitors to the limit and showing that she is on her way back to top form.
Well done to all for their terrific efforts and for conducting themselves with a great sense of sportsmanship throughout the day. Coach Mandi Crawford was un
derstandably proud of all her charges and the excellent performances were testimony to the high standards that operate at all levels in the club.
As ever, a variety of parents assisted in different official capacities during the meet, and their help is much appreciated by the club in enabling the swimmers to focus on performing to the highest standards possible.