APRIL saw a small team of 12 Garioch Amateur Swimming Club swimmers returning to the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh to compete in the 2013 British Gas Scottish National Age Groups Championship.
Five days of intense racing brought home 12 medals, 9 Club records, personal bests for every swimmer and 26 appearances in the finals.
Day One of the championships saw four swimmers making six finals with Orla Adams, Joseph Miley, Spencer O’Grady and Jess Thomson all making a visit to the podium, with all four picking up bronze medals.
Day Two saw more finals with a silver medal for Jess Thomson in the 14 year old girls 800 free. Four more swimmers, Orla Adams, Joseph Miley, Alistair Miley and Shannon Crawford were in action in the final session.
On Day 3 it was down to the boys to bring the medals home with Alastair Miley winning silver in the 200 backstroke and Spencer O’Grady taking bronze in the boys’ 13 year old backstroke.
Saturday saw the arrival of Hannah Miley and the first of the Gold medals for Garioch, with Hannah winning the 200 free style and the 100 backstroke. The girls’ 13 year old 100 metre backstroke also saw Shannon Crawford appearing in the finals in the evening session, finishing third with a bronze medal.
If Day Three was the boys’ day for medals then the last day, Sunday, was down to the girls to bring home the metalwork. The 1500 metre final saw two fantastic performances from Hannah and Jessica. The first had Jessica battling to a silver medal in the 14 year old girls’ 1500 metre final, whilst Hannah was always in command of the senior 1500 metre final, finishing well ahead of her competitors to take gold.
In the morning sessions Robert Bryce, Finlay Douglas and Peter Holmes put in solid performances with all three of them gaining long course personal bests.
In the afternoon sessions, we saw Sophie McPhee and Chloe Grant taking part in SNAGs for the first time, both of whom had great performances, gaining some fantastic personal bests.
Over the five days we also saw new Club records being set by Alastair Miley, Joseph Miley, Spencer O’Grady and Shannon Crawford who, together, managed to place 9 new long course records. The final medal tally for the Championship was 12 medals in all.