Full marks to Garioch’s swimmers for their great efforts in the North District Distance Meet on November 1 and 2 at Fraserburgh.
Although not many medals were taken, many of the swimmers achieved tremendous PBs in some of the most gruelling events on the calendar. Gavin Haggerwood was the star, with three gold medals in the 400IM, 400 free and 800 free and a silver in the 1500M, showing what a fine all round swimmer he is, whatever the distance. Shannon Crawford also looked in particularly good form, taking a brilliant silver in the 400IM, and Alastair Miley as ever swam hard to gain bronze in the 400IM.
The youngest swimmers made some amazing improvements to seed times, with Finley Cousins, Isla Johnston, Nicole Ogg and Anya Slessor smashing their PBs in all races and looking like great prospects. In the 13 year old category, Cameron Crawford, Phelim McNally and Lauren McPhee also looked strong, putting in powerful performances and showing fine style. For the 14 year olds, Daniel McKenzie, Heather McIntosh and Gemma Ogg were exceptional throughout, taking off almost three minutes in total for their combined swims and looking amongst the most improved swimmers in the team.
Fifteen year-old Christy Johnston continued her excellent season so far by taking sizable chunks off her three swims, with Daniel McNally, also 15, showing his developing strength and promise in his races. Findlay Douglas was superb in the 400 free, as was Conner Morrison in the 400IM with both swimmers making significant improvements and David Smith, the oldest and most experienced member of the team at 21, showed he has lost none of his appetite for the sport by putting in four wholehearted performances in his races. All swimmers deserve many congratulations for their sterling efforts.
Thanks are due to Tracy Ogg and Rob McPhee for their effective work poolside and to the small group of parents who officiated.