Hard work pays off for Garioch swimmers

GARIOCH Amateur Swimming Club competed at the Scottish National Age Group Championships which were held over four days in Glasgow from April 7 to April 10.

Wednesday, 20th April 2011, 2:55 pm

The top swimmers flocked from their respective Clubs in Scotland in order to compete at this highly acclaimed meet where Garioch’s spirits remained high despite the long journey the individual families had to make. With 71 clubs competing at this meet Garioch managed to pull off an extremely high ‘strike rate’ for finals in comparison to some of the composite teams. Needless to say their hard work paid off as a result of the intense training programmes undertaken throughout the year in preparation for this meet.

Throughout the course of the meet the crowd watched as Emily Jones (15) picked up a staggering eight gold medals in 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 IM, 100 fly, 200 fly, 100 free, 200 free, and 400 IM, whilst also finishing first in all the qualifying heats. Emily’s achievements continued to flourish by achieving a Scottish Age Group record in the 100 breaststroke and North District Age Group and Junior records in 100 / 200fly, 100 breaststroke and 200 / 400 IM. Emily also achieved six qualification times for the Commonwealth Youth Games to be held in the Isle of Man in September, in 100 / 200 free, 100 / 200 breaststroke, 100 / 200 fly with the possibility of the 200 / 400 IM as well.

Orla Adams (16) made eight finals and as a result picked up two silver medals for 200 backstroke and 400 IM. However, Orla is now the Scottish National Age Group Champion in these events and received two further gold medals in recognition. She also won a bronze medal for 200 breaststroke.

Jemma Grant (13) and Joseph Miley (13) both made four finals, Jemma winning a bronze in the 200 fly; a bronze medal was also achieved in the 400 IM where Jemma was third fastest, whilst Joseph achieved the same position in the 800 free getting a tremendous 38 second PB along the way.

Other swimmers making finals were Alastair Miley (16) in the 400 IM and 200 backstroke, Thomas Holmes (15) in the 200 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke and first time finalist Jessica Thomson (12) in the 200 free getting a 14 second PB to her credit. Jessica attained incredible personal best times in all of her races along with Shannon Crawford (11) in the 200 backstroke and Alastair in the 1500 free where he got a further 21 second PB.

All the swimmers, including David Smith, Sarah Smith, Ruth Bryce, and Abbey Freer, improved on their times and still managed to psyche themselves up to take part in the Relay events during the evening sessions along with their fellow teammates which included Robert Bryce and Nicole Mowat. These proved to be great finales.

This event was enhanced by Gitte Whitehead and Dave Adams who gave up their free time to coordinate the event along with Phoebe and Carmel, so thanks go to them.