Garioch swimmers enjoyed tremendous success as the club hosted the highly enjoyable Mix Up Meet at Inverurie Swimming Pool on February 21 and 22.
14 clubs contested the meet, with the Garioch team dominating proceedings and carrying off an impressive haul of medals in all age groups.
In the 15 and over category, Orla Adams won gold in the 100 IM and 400 free and silver in the 50 back, while Shannon Crawford won four golds, including a very fast 100 breast, and a silver in the 100IM. Findlay Douglas won gold in the 100 breast, alongside five silvers and three bronzes in what was a great meet for him. Gavin Haggerwood won gold in the 400 free, as well as two silvers and two bronze medals, enjoying his battles against Suleman Butt throughout the week-end. Christy Johnston won gold in the 200 IM as well as four bronze medals in her less fancied events, while Daniel McNally won bronze in the 400 free and put in a host of top 10 performances throughout a hard week-end’s swimming.
The spectators and swimmers alike were delighted to see Hannah Miley swim two races, taking gold in the 50 fly and 100 free. Brother Joseph Miley took two golds and a bronze in the 100 breast where he found a great competitor in Conner Morrison who took silver in a closely fought race. The Garioch A relay team took a fantastic silver in a memorable battle with Aberdeen, the race being won by a finger nail.
In the 13-14 category, Cameron Crawford won gold in the 400 free and Austeja Ernuite won an amazing eight golds and two silvers, making her one of the most decorated swimmers in the meet. Max Hitchcox continued his great recent progress by taking bronze in the 50 back, while Fraser Johnston was delighted to win bronze in the 400IM, beating his previous best by 94 seconds. Heather McIntosh took gold in the 100 breast, as well as bagging two silvers and four bronze medals and it was nice to see her back to her best again. Daniel McKenzie was in devastating form, winning five golds, a silver and two bronze medals, while Phelim McNally took silver in the 400IM and bronze in the 400 free. Nicholas Nightingale was rewarded for his recent hard work by winning a silver in the 400 free.
The 10-12 swimmers were particularly impressive. Finley Cousins won three golds, three silvers and two bronze medals, swimming with his customary skill and endeavour, while Caitlin Dick swam confidently taking bronze in the 100 back. Isla Johnston won silver in the 100 fly, alongside a further six fourth place finishes, with Nicole Ogg having a great week-end, winning gold in the 100 free, two silvers and five bronze medals. Anya Slessor was in brilliant form winning seven golds, four silvers and a bronze, continuing her great promise as one of the most exciting prospects in the club. The 10-12 swimmers also won a brilliant gold in the relay, with congratulations going to Bill Whitcombe, Isla Johnston, Anya Slessor and Nicole Ogg. Mention should be made of the other swimmers who may not have won medals, but who swam well in representing the club so ably and making many PBs into the bargain. Well done to young swimmers Ben Barclay, Matthew Dick, Isla McIntosh, Cathy Mullan, Joe Nightingale, Gemma Ogg, Finlay Owen, Mikey Smith, Hannah Strachan and Beth Thomsom. Their time will come. Well done, too, to veteran David Smith who posted a triple A time in the 100 free despite a gammy leg.
Pat McKenzie did a brilliant job as meet convenor, organising the event superbly and ensuring the smooth running of the whole week-end. She was ably helped by a host of enthusiastic parents who rallied round to provide a range of different support, with special mention going to Victoria Cousins for producing marvellous food for the lunches on both days, Shona Strachan for organising the raffle, Dave Adams for slick MC duties, Rod Douglas for computing wizardry as recorder, Ann Smith for her hard work in the swimshop, Graham Owen, Adam Hitchcox and Steve Dick for their amazing fundraising efforts in securing and installing our new blocks. Thanks are also due to all the parents who gave their time to officiating duties, including marshalling, and to those helping behind the scenes in making the two days such an enjoyable experience. Finally, many thanks to the coaches Eavan Adams, Mandi Crawford and David Smith for managing the swimmers and encouraging them so well throughout a long but hugely enjoyable week-end’s competition.