A TOTAL of 14 of the Garioch Amateur Swimming Club’s 10-14 year old swimmers were in action on Saturday, (October 26) at Westhill Swimming Pool for the Fourth annual Alford Otters 100 meet.
Squad four swimmers Daniel McKenzie, Daniel McNally and Christy Johnston were all in the medals: Daniel Mackenzie winning gold in the 100 fly and bronze in the 100 breast, Daniel McNally winning bronze in the 100 freestyle, 100 IM and 100 backstroke, and Christy winning bronze in the 100 fly.
All showed the benefits of committed training since the start of the season and continued their good progress.
There were excellent swims from all the girls, many of whom swam very encouraging PBs.
Heather McIntosh put in a number of gutsy performances, showing the kind of determination and excellent technical ability that has made her one of the most recently improved swimmers in her age group.
Caitlin Dick took 42 seconds off her 100 fly, Nicole Ogg took 15 seconds off her 100 free and 14 seconds off her 100 breast, while sister Gemma took 14 seconds off her 100 breast.
Isla Johnston and Hannah Strachan were in good form, too, both taking sizeable chunks off their best times in 100 breast, 100 fly and 100 free.
Lauren Stewart swam very promisingly too, with good PBs in both her races.
For the boys, Fraser Johnston took time off each of his races, with a terrific 14 second PB in the 100 fly.
Finlay Owen was also very impressive, with massive PBs in each of his 4 races, including a 14 second best in 100IM.
Phelim McNally and Cameron Crawford both swam very strongly throughout the day, continuing to make excellent PBs across the full range of strokes.
Coach Gitte Whitehead got the best from her swimmers and can be justifiably proud of the enthusiastic manner in which the team approached the competition.
She was ably supported poolside by Donna McNally.
Thanks are due to both for their great efforts. Thanks too to all the parents who took officiating roles throughout the day.