Inverness Aquatic Centre was the venue for the first meet of the season for both Garioch’s junior and senior swimmers as they competed in the North District Open Championships.
A strong squad showed fine form throughout the week-end, with a number of medals being won and numerous PBs achieved. Orla Adams made an incredible nine finals winning three golds, one silver and two bronze medals, showing great strength and determination in becoming the North District female senior champion in 400IM, 200IM and 200 breast. Hannah Miley earned five senior champion trophies in 200 free, 100 fly, 200 back, 100 breast and 400 free, the latter race winning her the best single female performance award. Christy Johnston made four finals, earning the junior champion award in the female 200 breast, where she took silver in the senior event.
Alastair Miley swam in 10 finals, achieving an impressive three silvers and three bronze medals against very strong opposition. Gavin Haggerwood made seven finals, taking two silvers and a bronze, displaying his usual competitive drive, while Joseph Miley made four finals with a bronze in the 400 free. Shannon Crawford and Findlay Douglas both swam well in making two finals each, and Spencer O’Grady and David Smith both made one final, swimming strongly and acquitting themselves well. The boys’ relay team took two bronze medals in the 200 free and the 200 medley, with Alastair Miley, Peter Holmes, David Smith, Gavin Haggerwood, Alastair Miley and Joseph Miley all featuring. The girls took a silver in the 200 medley relay and a bronze in the 200 free medley with Shannon Crawford, Orla Adams, Hannah Miley, Austeja Ernuite and Christy Johnston all contributing.
The Garioch team was ably represented by Heather McIntosh who made PBs in six out of her seven races, Daniel McKenzie who PB’d in all of his races, Daniel McNally who achieved best times in eight out of his nine races, Connor Morrison with six out of eight PBs, sisters Gemma and Nicole Ogg who achieved PBs in each of their races and Anya Slessor who continued to impress by making three club records in the 10 year old girl’s category. All these swimmers should be congratulated for their fine performances.
Coaches Eavan Adams, Mandi Crawford and Patrick Miley worked brilliantly with the team, helping to get the best from each of the swimmers in what was an exhausting but immensely satisfying week-end. Thanks are due to each of them, in addition to the small band of enthusiastic parents who officiated as time-keepers and judges.