Westhill success for Garioch swimmers

WESTHILL Swimming Club hosted the 2013 Scottish Amateur Swimming Junior Meet on Saturday, January 19, and Sunday, January 20, with Garioch Amateur Swimming Club being well represented in a variety of age group events. There were a number of excellent swims, not only from the older and more established swimmers, but also by the less experienced competitors.

In the 11 year-old category, Lauren McPhee swam particularly well, with a bronze in the gruelling 400IM and PBs in all the rest of her swims, including an amazing 68 second PB in the 800M freestyle. Heather McIntosh was also in excellent form, with a creditable fourth in the 800M freestyle and a remarkable 56 second PB in the same event.

In the 12 year-old category, Avery Collins swam very well for a six second PB in her 200IM.

For the boys, Stuart Seymour collected bronze in the 400IM, with Fraser Johnston and Daniel McKenzie both recording good PBs in the 200IM and 200 freestyle.

The two Sophies – Stewart and McPhee – both swam with spirit in the girls 13 year-old category, Sophie McPhee earning an excellent bronze in the 200 breaststroke. For the boys, Spencer O’Grady won five bronze medals and Daniel McNally powered his way to a 23 second PB in the 400IM.

However, arguably the most impressive performances were achieved in the 15 year-old section, with Joseph Miley taking seven golds, two silvers and a bronze and Findlay Douglas two silvers and three bronzes. Peter Holmes was in excellent form, too, swimming very consistently for eight PBs. Connor Morrison, a new and very promising recruit, earned a very well merited eight second PB in the 200 freestyle.

All the swimmers should be congratulated for their continued successes, showing that all the early mornings are paying off in terms of competitive sharpness. As ever, a large cohort of supporting adults worked at poolside as coaches and parent helpers, with a significant number also providing officiating help. To all these volunteers, the club extends its thanks.