Westhill Swimming Club hosted the first meet in the new Aquatic Centre at Aberdeen Sports Village on May 3 and 4, giving Garioch’s swimmers the wonderful opportunity to experience a long course competition in world class facilities.
With Scottish National Age Group times up for grabs, a number of swimmers were focused on producing consideration times to enable them to compete back in the same venue in June. Some great swims were achieved and many medals won.
Orla Adams (19) was prolific in winning bronze for her 50 fly, silver in the 100 back, 100 fly, 50 breast, 200IM and 400IM, and gold in the 100 breast. Robert Bryce (19) won bronze in the 50 breast and gold in the 100 breast. Shannon Crawford (14) won bronze in the 100 free, 100 back and 200 back, while Findlay Douglas (16) won gold in the gruelling 1500 free. Austeja Ernuite (13) swam in an amazing 16 events, winning bronze in the 100 fly and 200 back, and silver in the 200 breast and 200 free. Gavin Haggerwood (19) was consistent in winning bronze in the 200 free and 200IM, silver in the 50 back, 400 free and 50 free, and gold in the 100 free. Christy Johnston (15) won bronze in the 200 breast and silver in the 100 breast. The Mileys were in good form, with Alastair winning bronze in the 100 fly, 200 back, 200 fly, 100 back, silver in the 200IM and gold in the 400IM and 200 breast. Meanwhile Hannah won bronze in the 100 free and silver in the 50 fly, also winning gold in the 200 breast, 100 fly, 400 free, 200 free, 400 IM and 200 IM. Joseph (16) won bronze in the 400IM. Spencer O’Grady (14) won silver in the 100 back.
Many other swimmers performed excellently, gaining valuable experience in 50 metre events, some of whom were competing in long course swimming for the first time. Well done to Cameron Crawford (12), Max Hitchcox (13), Fraser Johnston (13), Heather McIntosh (14), Daniel McKenzie (14), Daniel McNally (14), Phelim McNally (12), Lauren McPhee (13), Connor Morrison (16), Nicholas Nightingale (13), Gemma Ogg (13) and Finlay Owen (13) for putting in some great performances and achieving well deserved PBs.
Thanks are due to coaches Eavan Adams, Mandi Crawford and Patrick Miley for their support and encouragement of all the swimmers and to the parents who officiated as time-keepers and judges.