Garioch swimmers end year in style

The British Gas Disability Open Short Course Championships took place on November 22 and 23 Manchester’s Aquatics Centre.

The competition involved a wealth of talent including European, World and Paralympic Champions. Garioch Amateur Swimming Club’s Conner Morrison was also there and swam brilliantly throughout the week-end to take the Youth Male Swimmer of the Meet award. Given the array of talent on show, this was a major accolade for Conner, who is now officially tipped by Scottish Swimming as ‘one to watch for the future’.

Conner won gold in 100 breast, 100 back and 100 fly, and silver in 100 free, 50 free and 200 IM. This was a wonderful set of achievements by Conner who continues to impress with every meet. The Club are very proud of him and wish him well in future competitions.

• Garioch Amateur Swimming Club members bagged a number of medals at the recent Santa’s Elves Meet hosted by Stonehaven ASC in Montrose.

For the boys, Finley Cousins achieved four excellent golds and a bronze, while Matthew Dick gained a silver and a bronze. Bill Whitcombe earned a gold, with Conrad Slessor winning two golds, a silver and a bronze, breaking the club records for 50 breast and 25 fly into the bargain. For the girls, Anya Slessor won five golds, breaking her own club record for 50 back and maintaining her recent great form. The other members of the team swam excellently, individually and in the relays, and great credit must go to Rebecca Aitken, Ben Barclay, Freya Cummine, Cullen Dacre, Millie Mackenzie, Isla McIntosh and Sean Whelan-Duenas for some great PBs. Thanks to poolside helpers, Steve Dick and Craig McIntosh and to those who helped in time-keeping roles.

• Eight Garioch swimmers qualified for the Scottish National Short Course Meet at the Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh from December 13 – 15.

The highlight was the exciting boys 400M Freestyle Relay, with Garioch managing a creditable second place in the slower of the events, Gavin Haggerwood storming from fourth to second in a blistering final leg. Well done to the boys for turning up and showing great team spirit despite having finals later in the evening.

Medals were in short supply during the meet, although Hannah Miley achieved gold in the 400 and 200 IM races, silver in the 200 and 400 free and bronze in the 100IM. Orla Adams made three finals, as did Alastair Miley, while Gavin Haggerwood made two finals and Joseph Miley one final.

Shannon Crawford, Findlay Douglas and Christy Johnston all tried hard, gaining valuable experience of swimming at a high level of competition. Thanks to coaches Eavan Adams, Mandi Crawford and Patrick Miley and to Sue Haggerwood for officiating.