Garioch’s young and relatively inexperienced team did extremely well in taking third place at the Elgin Spring Meet at Buckie Swimming Pool on February 15 and 16.
In the 10-11 category, Finley Cousins and Isla Johnston both swam really well in the physically demanding 200 fly to achieve bronze, with Finley taking 33 seconds off his previous best, while Nicole Ogg continued her excellent performances in freestyle events by taking bronze in the 200 free.
Bill Whitcombe took two fine bronze medals in the 200 breast and 200 back, also showing great energy and enthusiasm in taking off over 30 seconds in his 200 free and 200 beast.
In the 12-13 category, Austeja Ernuite had a good all-round meet, achieving bronze in the 200 free and breaking three minutes for the first time in 200 breast.
For the more experienced swimmers, Christy Johnston (14) took bronze in the 200 breast, while Findlay Douglas (16) recorded top ten finishes in all nine of his races, achieving bronze in 50 back and 400 free, and silver in 200 back.
Hazel Johnston (16) in her final meet, celebrated the prospect of some later lie-ins by taking two silver medals in 200 back and 200 breast.
We all wish her well as she concentrates on her coaching interests and thank her for all her efforts over a number of years’ excellent commitment to the club.
Caitlin Dick took 20 seconds off her 200 breast PB and 19 seconds off her 200 free. Connor Morrison and Gemma Ogg both took over 20 seconds off their 200 fly swims, with Finlay Owen , Lauren Stewart and Lauren McPhee all taking 12 seconds off their 200 back, 200 breast and 400IM respectively.
There were great swims, too, from Avery Collins, Cameron Crawford, Max Hitchcox, Peter Holmes, Fraser Johnston, Heather McIntosh, Daniel and Phelim McNally, Daniel McKenzie, Sophie McPhee, Mikey Smith and Hannah Strachan, who all made excellent contributions to the overall team performance.
As ever, the Garioch team excelled over all others in their vocal encouragement of team mates, adding greatly to the exciting atmosphere poolside.
Thanks are due to coaches Mandi Crawford and Tracy Ogg for all their support of swimmers on the Saturday sessions, and to Rob McPhee and Sarah Smith for all their work on Sunday.
Thanks are also due to all the parent helpers for taking on officiating roles and enabling the swimmers to compete in an accredited meet.