Garioch Amateur Swimming Club’s swimmers enjoyed yet more trophy success, winning the best overall team award in the Dolphin Commonwealth Stars of the Future meet at Aberdeen Aquatic Centre on Sunday, (May 25).
The team is in unstoppable form at the moment, on this occasion beating 13 other clubs to the top prize. All the swimmers played their part in the victory, gaining great experience of long course competition in a world class facility.
Orla Adams (19) maintained her tremendous form this season by taking six silver medals (200 back, 200 breast, 200 fly, 200IM, 400 free, 400IM) and a bronze in the 200 free, a performance only surpassed by the magnificent Hannah Miley who took seven gold medals and a silver in the 50 free. Hannah’s amazing stamina and steely determination were thoroughly tested in the highly entertaining 50 skins event where 10 swimmers start, swimming one 50M freestyle length after another with 90 seconds rest, until only two remain. She finally saw off rival Caitlin Toothill in the last 50, maintaining incredible form throughout this gruelling event.
Shannon Crawford (15) also swam very well, winning two bronze medals in the 400 fee and 200 fly, while Nicole Ogg (11) showed great promise in taking an excellent bronze for the 50 free. Perhaps the star of the show, though, was 10 year-old Anya Slessor who produced national class times in her age group by winning gold in the 50 breast, three silver medals in the 50 back, 50 free and 200IM and bronze in the 50 fly. Her wonderful style and technique make her one of the most exciting prospects since Hannah herself.
The boys performed strongly too, with the ever improving Finley Cousins (11) achieving two tremendous golds in the 50 fly and 50 breast. Multi-talented Findlay Douglas (16) took silver in the 200 breast and bronze in the 200IM, while Mr Motivator, Gavin Haggerwood (19), took gold in the 200 and 400 free, and silver in the 200 and 400 IM races. His brilliant performance in taking second place in the 50 freestyle skins was one of the highlights of the meet, only missing out to Commonwealth Games competitor Andrew McGovern.
Brothers Alastair and Joseph Miley also performed excellently, with Alastair (19) winning four golds in the 200 and 400IM, 200 breast and 200 fly, and three silvers in 200 back, 200 breast and 400 free. Despite being unwell during the meet, Joseph took a creditable bronze in the 200 back.
Mention must be made of all the swimmers who took part in the competition. There were great swims from Rebecca Aiken, Ben Barclay, Catherine Boddie, Cameron Crawford, Caitlin Dick, Mathew Dick, Max Hitchcox, Christy Johnston, Fraser Johnston, Isla Johnston, Neil Johnston, Josh Littlejohn, Heather McIntosh, Isla McIntosh, Daniel McKenzie, Daniel McNally, Phelim McNally, Lauren McPhee, Connor Morrison, Gemma Ogg, Spencer O’Grady, Finlay Owen, Aiden Page, Conrad Slessor, Mikey Smith, Amy Stewart, Lauren Stewart, Hannah Strachan, Bill Whitcombe, Peter Whitcombe and Morven Wilkie. Well done to all our swimmers for their great efforts.
Thanks, too, must go to Eavan Adams and Gitte Whitehead who gave the team great support as coaches for the day, and to those parents who helped out by doing official duties.