Garioch mix with the best at Edinburgh International

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The Royal Commonwealth Pool was the venue for this year’s Edinburgh International on March 13-15, giving Garioch’s top swimmers the chance to take on some of the world’s top stars, such as Michael Jamieson, Ross Murdoch, Adam Peaty, Fran Halsall, Antony Ervine and Tom Shields among others.

Medals were few and far between, although Hannah Miley was in her usual top quality race mode, winning the 400 IM and taking two further silvers and two bronzes. Highlight of the meet were the 50M skins finals where eight swimmers started and the two slowest fell out in turn until only two were left. Hannah did brilliantly to get to the final three, seeing off one of Britain’s best breaststrokers in the process and showing what a versatile swimmers she is. Alastair Miley took the only other Garioch medal, winning bronze in the 200 IM.

Only the best swimmers earned the right to be at the meet and so it was a mark of distinction that Garioch had 13 of its squad present. Well done to Orla Adams for making three finals, Gavin Haggerwood for winning the B final of the 200 IM, Joseph Miley, Connor Morrison, Daniel McNally, Daniel McKenzie, Shannon Crawford, Austeja Erniute, Christy Johnston, Heather McIntosh and 11 year old Anya Slessor for swimming well and supporting one another enthusiastically. Thanks are due the coaches, Eavan Adams, Gitte Whitehead, Patrick Miley and Mandi Crawford for supporting the team.

Conner Morrison continued his great season by representing Scotland in the Dave McCullough Memorial Tournament in Bangor from March 6 to 8.

In the S14 category, he made four finals, achieving some excellent PBs and gaining fantastic experience against some top quality opposition. Conner’s breaststroke has come on particularly well and his international honour is a well-deserved award for all his hard work. The club looks forward to more honours in the future when his IPC classification is made official.

The North District Age Group Championships took place on March 7 and 8, at the Aberdeen Aquatic Centre, with Finley Cousins coming home £50 richer by breaking the 11 year old North District record for 50 breast in the 11 year old category. Well done Finley!

Orla Adams won gold in the 100 breast as well as five silvers and a bronze in the 200 back. Finley Cousins also took a bronze in the 100 fly to add to his success in the 50 breast, while Findlay Douglas won silver in the gruelling 1500 free. Gavin Haggerwood had a good meet, winning gold in the 400 free, alongside two silvers and two bronzes, with Daniel McKenzie showing great form in winning the 100 fly and taking silver in both 50 fly and 50 free. The Mileys were typically consistent, Alastair taking two silvers and three bronzes, Hannah winning 12 golds, a silver and two bronzes and Joseph taking gold in the 1500 free.