Busy season continues for Garioch swimmers

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A busy winter continues for the Garioch Amateur Swimming Club as they take part in meets across the country.

A strong Garioch squad came out top in the Manchester Snow’pen at the Manchester Aquatics Centre on December 19-21, beating more than 40 other teams.

All the swimmers contributed points to the overall total in what was a great team performance. Orla Adams took bronze in the 200 breast, while Gavin Haggerwood gained a silver in the 50 free and two bronze medals in the 50 fly and 200 free. Daniel McKenzie swam well throughout the week-end, achieving a silver in his age group for 50 fly. Alastair Miley took gold in the 200 back, two silvers in the 400IM and 200 fly, as well as bronze in the 200IM. Hannah Miley took gold in the 400IM, 400 free, 200IM and 200 breast, along with four silvers in the 200 fly, 100 breast, 200 free and 50 breast. Joseph Miley won silver in the 200 back and two bronze medals in the 200 breast and 400 free. They were well supported by the other swimmers who enjoyed the experience of swimming in a prestigious event. Well done to Shannon Crawford, Peter Holmes, Christy Johnston and Heather McIntosh for their great efforts. Huge thanks are due Eavan Adams for all her hard work in ensuring the smooth running of the trip, to Neil McKenzie for helping out poolside and to Sue Haggerwood for officiating.

• Westhill Swimming Pool was the venue for this year’s SAS Junior Open on January 10 and 11, with Garioch taking a team of twelve 11-14 year olds to compete against 10 other teams.

There were some great performances throughout the week-end. Austeja Ernuite was in tremendous form, taking four bronze medals and a silver in the 200IM. Caitlin Dick and Max Hitchcox both took bronze in the 200 back, while Heather McIntosh won bronze in the gruelling 200 fly. Daniel McKenzie gained bronze in the 400IM, with Nicole Ogg also taking bronze in the 200 free. There were excellent swims and a number of great PBs from Cameron Crawford, Isla Johnston, Phelim McNally, Nicholas Nightingale, Gemma Ogg and Hannah Strachan. Many thanks to Gitte Whitehead for her coaching expertise poolside, and to Phoebe for helping; thanks too for all the parental support in officiating roles.

• A small team of Garioch swimmers made the long journey to Tollcross in inhospitable weather to compete in this year’s West District Grand Prix on January 16 to 18.

As ever, there were notable successes, with swimmers making finals and taking podium places. Orla Adams won gold in the 400IM and bronze in the 200IM. Gavin Haggerwood won silver in the 200IM, while Joseph Miley took silver in the 400IM. Shannon Crawford swam well, making 6 finals. Gemma Ogg and Connor Morrison managed PBs in all their races and Christy Johnston, Daniel McNally and David Smith all gave a good account of themselves throughout a range of swims.

Thanks to coaches EavanAdams, Patrick Miley and to Tracy Ogg for standing in at the last minute – and to Sue Haggerwood for representing the club as official.