LISTED BELOW ARE SOME RECENT RESULTS
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Four senior Nairn swimmers headed to Aberdeen for the North District Open.Best PB of the weekend goes to Eilidh Mackay with a 2.48 for her 100 free and a PB in her 200 free.Followed by her team mate, Rosie Smith Macaulay had two great swims and PBs of 1.83 for 200 free 1.61 for 200 back and also 1.58 100 back.At the weekend Lucas Weir, swam hard and fast achieving PBS in his 100 free and 100 back of 0.45 and 0.5 respectively.Fellow team mate, Anna Reid also swam well across her four swims over the weekend and was tantalising close to her PBs.
Gibson Shield 20 Sept 2019
A small team of four swimmers from Nairn District ASC competed in the Thurso Mini-Meet on 4 May 2019.
George Hamer (10) was on super form during the day, achieving a silver medal in his 50m backstroke and two bronze medals in his 50m breaststroke and 50m fly.
Abigail Thomas (10) also swam superbly well coming away with three silver medals in 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle and a gold medal in 50m fly.
Thurston Clokie (11) enjoyed a great meet, having brilliant swims in 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke and taking home a bronze medal in 50m backstroke. He also achieved good PB’s in both swims.
Emily Hamer (12) achieved fourth place in 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle and a bronze medal in 50m breaststroke, whilst also recording new PBs in all three events.
The team also swam great races in their relay events. Never having swum together as a relay team previously, they finished a very respectable 5th place in the 200m medley and 6th place in the 200m freestyle relay.
Dundee Spring Development Meet 28 April 2019
Ella Garrow (10) had some great swims at Menzieshill Whitehall Swimming and Waterpolo Club Spring Development Meet. She took 13 secs off her 200 IM and came away with a "Too fast Certificate" in 200 back, gold in 200 IM and silver in 200 free. She was missing her team mates but was kindly invited to be part of The Arbroath St Thomas relay team!
Eight swimmers from Nairn District ASC, competed in the University of Aberdeen Long Course Age Group Open on 27th and 28th April 2019.
Jessica Schulz (14) was delighted to reach the final of three individual events within her age group of 14/15 years. These were the 50m breast, 100m breast and the 200m IM. She performed exceptionally well in all of these races, just missing out on a bronze medal in the 100 breast and took off over 2 and a half seconds from her previous time in the 200IM. Great things are expected in the coming months.
Also reaching the finals in the 16 & over category were Anna Reid (16) and Jacob Duncan (19). Anna competed in the 100 back and 50 fly. Her best performance was in the backstroke event where she finished in 5th place. Jacob finished in 6th position in the 50m breaststroke.
Brooke Lawrie (18) managed solid performances in the middle distance events. She achieved a good personal best in the 400m freestyle and two 4th places in the 400IM and 200 fly.
Lucas Weir (16) swam well in very competitive events. A stand out performance of 27.11 seconds in the 50m freestyle, saw him swim very close to his personal best.
The three twelve year olds - Emily Hamer, Eve Ross and Darcey Woodman all came away with personal best times and valuable experience in a long course pool. Particularly noteworthy was Emily’s 200m breaststroke, where she reduced her personal best by 7.50 seconds, making it the biggest of the weekend.
Inverness Graded Meet 20 April 2019
A small team of six from Nairn District ASC travelled the short distance to compete in the Inverness Graded meet on Saturday 20th April.
The under 10 girls had stiff competition in the large age group category.
Rose Laurie (10) won a bronze medal with a PB in the 50m breast, she also achieved a PB in her 50m freestyle.
Ziva McAlpine (10) took time off her 50m fly and freestyle races.
Sapphire Melville (9) had a great meet with PB’s in all of her 50m races - back, freestyle and breast.
Maiya Urquhart (10) also achieved PB’s in her 50m back, freestyle and breast.
Annabelle Schulz (11) took a massive 7.88 secs off her 100 freestyle and another impressive 4.05 sec off her IM time and 5.47 secs off her breast for a superb day of PB’s.
Bailey Urquhart (13) narrowly missed out in medals in both his breast and freestyle races but improved his time by 7.25 sec in his 100 breast.
The under 10 girls (Rose, Ziva, Maiya and Sapphire) finished the day winning gold in the 200m relay.
Yet again, Nairn District Amateur Swim Club (NDASC) swimmers impressed and succeeded with boundless improvements and personal bests at the recent meet in Buckie on the 13th and 14th of April 2019. The meet was attended by ten committed NDASC swimmers and although missing the ‘elders’ of the club due to exam studying, those who raced, raced hard and well.
Rosie Smith-Macaulay (15) proudly brought home a silver in the 100 Fly and three bronzes in the 400 Free, 200 Free and 100 Free events. As always, she was a strong contender and a perfect role model for the younger swimmers. Further medals were brought home by Bailey Urquhart (13) who won three bronze medals in the 100 Back, 200 Back and 200 Free. Ella Garrow (10) swam well for the club securing a bronze in the 100 Back and two fourth place finishes. Abigail Thomas (10) took home a silver in the 200 Back and a bronze in the 200 Free and achieved a fabulous 28.90 second PB in her 400 Free.
Eve Ross (12) raced hard with six events and achieved an extraordinary PB in the 400 Free taking 30.32 seconds off her previous time.
Connie Clinch (10) needs mentioning for her hard work all weekend swimming seven races and achieving seven excellent PB’s. She took a massive 36.15 seconds off her 400m Free, 22.03 seconds off her 200 Breast, 18.88 seconds off her 100 Fly and 16.37 seconds off her 200 IM.
Jess MacPherson (11) swam four races and delivered four excellent PB’s, Kirsten Main (11) achieved a considerable 17.46 second PB in her 200 IM and Darcey Woodman (12) also delivered three nice PB’s.
All racers exceeded themselves with PB’s in most categories. It is obvious the dedicated training and commitment to pool time is paying off for our young athletes.
City of Glasgow Graded Meet 6/7 April 2019
Eight swimmers from Nairn District ASC, ranging in age from 10-15 years, travelled from the Highlands to Tolcross International Swimming Centre on the 6th and 7th April to compete in the City of Glasgow’s graded meet.
First to swim was Eilidh MacKay (15), competing in the 200IM. She swam well and took off 0.73 seconds from her personal best. Four more individual events followed with pb’s in the 50m &100m freestyle races.
Racheal Gillespie (11) gained valuable experience in a 50m pool. She collected three personal bests over the weekend, with her best event being the 50 back where she took off a impressive 5.82 seconds.
Not to be outdone, Rachael’s older sibling Sophie Gillespie (15) swam three individual events. Her best race was 50breast where she improved her time by 1.07 seconds.
The sibling rivalry continued with Emily Hamer (12) and her younger brother George Hamer (10) Emily swam particularly well in the breaststroke events. In the 100m distance she swam a 1.35.08 gaining a 3.26 second PB and finished in overall 7th place in the 50m event.
George again demonstrated his potential, by claiming two bronze medals in the 100m fly and 100m free and a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke.
Fiona Mackintosh (15) improved her times by a significant margin of over 5 seconds in the 100 backstroke and 100 backstroke events.
Two of the promising ten year old girls Eilidh Maclennan and Abigail Thomas were obviously not overwhelmed by the size of the venue. Abigail took off an outstanding 7.24 seconds from her 50m free and improved her times in all other swims. Eilidh had the biggest PB of the weekend taking a huge 10.68 seconds off her 100 free.
NDASC also had 4 relays throughout the course of the weekend. On Saturday the younger girls Eilidh, Emily, Abigail and Racheal G swam the 4x50 free and had a time of 2.29.65 which was a PB of 4.85 seconds.
The older girls who swam 4x50 free were Sophie, Racheal, Eilidh Mack and Fiona and PB’d by 2.14 seconds.
On Sunday the younger girls (the same as previous) swam an impressive time of 2.46.11.
The older girls Sophie, Fiona and Eilidh Mack were joined by younger swimmer Emily and swam a time of 2.33.64.
This year the Scottish National Age Group Championships (SNAGS) was attended by five of Nairn District Amateur Swimming Club’s top swimmers. The competition took place at the 50m Tolcross pool in Glasgow which has housed the Commonwealth Games. The SNAGS event ran over five consecutive days from 27th to 31st March 2019.
Bailey Urquhart (13) made his debut and achieved a good PB in the 400 Medley Relay. Jessica Schulz (15) swam a fantastic 50 Breast, earning herself a new personal best in the final coming in ninth. Matching this, Graeme Squires (18) achieved a good personal best in the final of the 400 IM coming in an overall ninth. Lucas Weir (16) also got into the finals of the 50 Breast delivering a good personal best and coming in an overall seventh. Anna Reid (16) swam well and worked hard for her new personal best times. Lucas Weir also had a fantastic swim in the 200 Free taking a huge 14.20 seconds off his time.
Fourteen swimmers from Nairn District Amateur Swimming Club (NDASC), aged from 9 to 16 years, competed at the local Forres Bluefins Two Day Meet on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March 2019.
Ella Garrow (10) stole the show with her haul of four golds and a silver and a nice set of 5 out of 5 PB’s. She was followed by team mates Abigail Thomas (10) and Connie Clinch (10) with silvers and bronzes. NDASC were delighted to see the 10 year old girls’ trio dominate the podium for the 50 Free with Ella first, Abigail second and Connie third.
NDASC won fourteen medals in total over the weekend. Ella Garrow (10) took away four golds in 50 Free, 50 Back, 50 Fly and 100 IM and a silver in 50 Breast, George Hamer (10) secured two silvers in the 50 Back and 100 IM, Abigail Thomas (10) collected two silvers in the 50 Free and 50 Back, Anna Reid (16) won a silver in the 100 Free and a bronze in the 100 Fly and Connie Clinch (10) took home three bronzes in the 50 Free, 50 Breast and 50 Fly.
New to competitions, Tori Nicol (9), achieved two fantastic PB’s knocking 7.86 seconds off her 50 Breast and 4.52 seconds off her 50 Free. Sadly, she was DQ’d in her 50 Back but had a great time and grows in confidence with each experience. Rose Laurie (10), also recently new to competing, achieved two fine PB’s taking 2.86 seconds of her 50 Free and 1.32 seconds off her 50 Breast and Niamh Robertson (10) took a massive 5.45 seconds off her 100 IM time.
Emily Hamer (12) narrowly missed medals in a tough category coming in fourth in the 100 Back achieving a 3.61 second PB and fourth in the 100 Breast taking 1.76 seconds off her PB.
Eve Ross (12) had a great day achieving top 8 placings in all five of her events in a tough group and some fantastic PB’s particularly a huge 6.31 second improvement on her 100 Back.
Jessica MacPherson (11) alos had a great event with a full house of PB’s, the most significant was a considerable 4.85 second improvement in her 100 IM.
Round 2 of the SASA North District Age Group Championships took place on 2nd and 3rd March at The Aquatics Centre in Aberdeen. Nairn District ASC had a team of 12 swimmers attending.
The first swimmer of the day for Nairn, Graeme Squires, qualified for the finals of the 200IM. He fought well for the fourth position in this final only just missing out on a medal. He later swam the 400m free, gaining a personal best time. However, he was most pleased with a phenomenal 200m backstroke, taking the gold medal by a matter of milliseconds.
Jacob Duncan competed in his favourites events, the 50m and 100m breastroke, getting to the final in both distances. He brought a bronze medal home for his efforts in the 100m.
Brooke Lawrie brought home three medals this weekend. She attained a gold and silver for her 800m and 400m freestyle and a further Bronze medal in the gruelling 200 fly.
One of Nairns younger competitors, Emily Hamer, improved on all her times this weekend, including a very fast swim in the 50m freestyle where she took over 4 seconds from her previous best.. Her brother, George Hamer also achieved a 2 second personal best time in the 50 backstroke. Darcey Woodman also made progress in both events she swam.
Jessica Schulz competed in five events throughout the weekend, she attained many personal best times. A particular highlight was the 200m breaststroke, where she managed to take over 9 seconds from her entry time.
Lucas Weir added to Nairns medal haul by getting a bronze in his 100m breastroke and achieved further personal best times.
Anna Reid and Rosie Smith Macaulay also made progress this weekend. Anna had a strong swim in the 100 metre freestyle, shaving 2 seconds from her previous best and Rosie was delighted with an 8 second personal best in the 200 backstroke.
Bailey Urquhart proved once again that he is one to watch with great improvements over a mixture of strokes and distances. A highlight was an 11 second personal best in the 200 freestyle.
Special mention goes to the team of four girls who competed in the 400m IM relay. Anna Reid, Brooke Lawrie, Jessica Schulz and Rosie Smith-Macaulay. All swam well, resulting in overall seventh place.
NDASC Fast 50s
Nairn District had a fantastic evening of racing at the annual Fast 50's internal club competition on Friday 8th March 2019. This is a great event for swimmers of all ages to compete in a relaxed team environment and is ideal for the younger swimmers to build up their competition confidence.
Lucas Weir (16) was the overall winner of the Fast 50's trophy with runners up Graeme Squires (17) and Jessica Schulz (14).
The Record Breakers Cup went to Reiss Urquhart (8) who took 4 seconds of the 25m butterfly record swimming it in 24.53 seconds.
Medals were awarded to first, second and third in each category. See category winners below.
A total of 16 records were broken throughout all of the age categories. See record breakers below.
For some of the younger swimmers there were some impressive PB’s that warrant mention. Erin Anderson (9) took 10.19 seconds off 50 Fly, Tori Nicol (9) swiped 10.97 seconds off 50 Back and 4.09 seconds off 50 Free, Fraser Dunbar (10) took 6.65 seconds off 50 Fly, Maiya Urquhart (10) took 6.16 seconds off 50 Back and 7.90 seconds off 50 Breast, Monty Tree (11) knocked 8.31 seconds off 50 Breast, Struan Maclennan achieved a full house of PB’s with 5.91 seconds off 50 Back, 4.91 seconds off 50 Fly, 3.09 seconds off 50 Breast, 0.29 seconds off 50 Free and William Urquhart (14) knocked 5.25 seconds off 50 Fly.
Reiss Urquhart - Boys 8 and under - 25 Back and 25 Fly
George Hamer - Boys 9-10 - 50 Back, 50 Breast and 50 Fly
Ella Garrow - Girls 9-10 - 50 Back and 50 Free
Abigail Thomas - Girls 9-10 - 50 Fly and 50 Back
Bailey Urquhart - Boys 11-12 - 50 Back and 50 Fly
Lucas Weir - Boys 15-16 - 50 Breast and 50 Free
Graeme Squires - Boys 17 and over - 50 Fly, 50 Back and 50 Free
8 & Under Girls – 1st Kitty Clinch (7)
8 & Under Boys – 1st Reiss Urquhart (8)
9-10 Girls – 1st Ella Garrow (10), 2nd Abigail Thomas (10), 3rd Eilidh Maclennan (10)
9-10 Boys – 1st George Hamer (10), 2nd Thurston Clokie (10), 3rd Fraser Dunbar (10), 3rd Jack Mackellar (10)
11-12 Girls – 1st Emily Hamer (12), 1st Darcey Woodman (12), 3rd Eve Ross (12)
11-12 Boys – 1st Bailey Urquhart (12), 2nd Struan Maclennan (12), 3rd Monty Tree (11)
13-14 Girls – 1st Jessica Schulz (14), 2nd Annabelle Clokie (13), 3rd Sharleen Kennedy (14)
13-14 Boys – 1st William Urquhart (14)
15-16 Girls – 1st Rosie Smith-Macaulay (15), 2nd Anna Reid (16), 3rd Eilidh Mackay (15)
15-16 Boys – 1st Lucas Weir (16), 2nd Christian Forgie (16)
17-99 Women – 1st Brooke Lawrie (17), 2nd Debbie Robertson (38)
17-99 Men – 1st Graeme Squires (17), 2nd Jacob Duncan (19)
Ten swimmers from Nairn District Amateur Swimming Club attended the Cults Novice meet in Aberdeen on Sunday 24th February. The swimmers competed in the 9, 10 & 11 year old categories and for many this was their first external meet. There was much excitement and some healthy nervousness. The swimmers were all a credit to their team in their sportsmanship, teamwork and they all went home a little hoarse from cheering on each other from poolside.
Eilidh Maclennan (10) had a superb day taking the award for Best 10 Year Old Girl following her set of medals - Gold 100 IM, Gold 50 Back, Silver 50 Fly and 4th place 50 Free.
Rachael Gillespie (11) gained a Silver medal and PB for 50 Breast.
Thurston Clokie (10) came away with a Bronze medal for his 50 Breast (with a new time) and 4th place for 50 Free (taking a massive 10.03s off his PB).
Enda Riley (11) gained a 5th place in 50 Breast (taking a fantastic 8.18s off his PB).
There were also plenty more excellent PB’s. Erin Anderson (9) took 6.92s off her 100 IM and Thurston Clokie took 10.03 seconds off this 50 Free. Corrie Eccles Boyd (11) set some great new personal times across her three swims. Enda Riley (11) achieved a full set of PB’s taking 8.18 seconds off 50 Breast, 7.33s off 100 IM, 5.03s off 50 Free and 3.17 seconds off 50 Back.
NDASC also had strong relay teams. Eilidh Maclennan (10), Rachael Gillespie (11), Annabelle Schulz (11), Niamh Robertson (10) took 4th place in 200 Medley Relay. The same team secured 5th place in the 200 Free Relay and the B team, Enda Riley (11), Fraser Dunbar (10), Thurston Clokie (10), Rose Laurie (10), swam a great first time 200 Free Relay.
The Elgin ASC Spring Meet, took place at Buckie Leisure Centre on the weekend of 16th February. Nairn District ASC was represented by a large group of 21 swimmers, ranging from 10-17 years of age. This meet also attracts swimmers who want to achieve qualifying times for the forthcoming Scottish National Age Groups which takes place at the end of March, so competition is very strong.
The clubs group of promising ten and eleven year old swimmers consisting of Ella Garrow, George Hamer, Rachael Gillespie, Abigail Thomas, Eilidh Maclennan, Jessica MacPherson and Kirsten Main performed exceptionally well at this event. There were many medals and extraordinary personal best times. George took a silver and bronze medal home, taking over 17 seconds from his personal best time in the 200 backstroke. Ella competed in seven events taking medals home in five of them, including a silver in the 200 freestyle event where she gained a 8 second personal best, swimming under 3 minutes for the first time. Abigail also made huge leaps forward in her 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke. Both were personal best times of over 13 seconds and she was rewarded with a gold and bronze medal. Eilidh competed in nine events over the weekend and gained a bronze in the 50 breast. Her biggest personal best however, came in the 100 backstroke event, where she took over 14 seconds from her personal best and only narrowly missing out on another medal. Rachael, Kirsten and Jessica swam very well also and all improved from their previous times.
No less impressive were the efforts from the clubs 12 and 13 year olds. Darcey Woodman was pleased with a silver and bronze in the 50 free and 50 fly.Eve Ross took home a bronze from the 100 breast but made great progress in the 200 backstroke where a 12 second personal best put her into 4th position. Annabelle Clokie improved both her times in the 100 and 200 backstroke and Bailey Urquhart impressed everyone with his stamina and versatility over eleven events. He was rewarded with a bronze in the 50 fly taking nearly seven seconds from this swim.
The club has a very committed group of girls aged between 14-16. These consist of Jessica Schulz, Rosie Smith Macaulay, Sophie Gillespie, Fiona Mackintosh, Scarlett Morland and Anna Reid. Jessica had a very successful weekend, dominating her age group in both breast and freestyle events, gaining five medals, four of them gold. Anna managed to gain a medal for each race she entered - a total of 2 silvers and 4 bronze and Scarlett was delighted with two bronze medals in the hotly contested, 50 back and 50 freestyle. Fiona, Rosie and Sophie all gained valuable personal best times, including an exceptional swim in the 200 backstroke, where Sophie improved her time by nearly 10 seconds.
Lucas Weir and Christian Forgie (both 16) performed well. Lucas swam a total of ten events over the weekend and gained a medal in half of them, including a gold in the 200 breaststroke although it is worth mentioning that he finished in the top 5 in every event. Christian was pleased to gain a bronze in the gruelling 200 fly.
Brooke Lawrie (17) came away with 3 medals, including a well earned gold in the 200 fly.
Graeme Squires proved once again that he is a force to be reckoned with. A grand total of seven golds and one silver. Not content with this medal haul, he continued the winning steak by competing in the meets skins event. This exciting end to the day, sees the best sprinters compete in a series of 50m races of various strokes. Swimmers are gradually eliminated until the final two compete to find the overall winner, with Graeme taking first place.
The whole meet was very successful for Nairn swimmers with a grand total of 44 medals won across the whole team.
Round one of the SASA North District Age Group championships, was held on the first weekend of February in Aberdeen. Nairn District ASC, sent a grand total of fifteen swimmers to compete at this high level meet - the largest number of qualifying swimmers in the clubs history. For many younger swimmers, this was both the first time they had achieved the necessary times to compete at a District Meet and competed in a long course pool.
The youngest competitors were ten year olds Ella Garrow and George Hamer and twelve year old Eve Ross. All swam well in the unfamiliar 50 metre pool. Ella, taking over 4 seconds from her 50 breast and George an impressive 7 seconds from the 50m fly.
The thirteen year olds, Emily Hamer and Bailey Urquhart, also performed above expectation with Emily taking over 4 seconds from her previous time in the 50 breast and Bailey storming ahead in the 200 backstroke with a 12 second personal best time. Darcey Woodman also swam well in both her events.
A bronze medal was the result of an excellent swim by Jessica Schulz (15) in the highly contested 100 metre breaststroke final for 14-15 year old girls. She also reached the final of the 50m breast, swimming a personal best time.
Also reaching two finals over the weekend was Anna Reid (16). Both of these were backstroke events. However, she achieved personal bests in fly and freestyle events aswell. The largest one being in the 100 fly.
Her teammates, Scarlett Morland, Rosie Smith Macaulay and Eilidh Mackay also had good swims over the weekend. Most notable was Rosie’s excellent 200 metre freestyle and Eilidh's very fast 50 metre freestyle, where both girls exceeded their previous recorded times.
The only girl from Nairn to swim the gruelling 1500m freestyle event was Brooke Lawrie. Her fabulous efforts were rewarded with a gold medal within her category of 18 years and over.
The senior boys flew the flag for Nairn District. Graeme Squires returned with bronze medals in the 200 breast (recording a stunning 9 second PB in the process) and in the 400 IM. An event that he always excels.
Lucas Weir reached the finals in two events - the 50 metre & 100 metre backstroke and shaved time from his 50 metre time and Jacob Duncan added a silver medal to his collection, for the Boys 18 and over 200 metre breast stroke event. Most of these swimmers are now looking forward to returning to Aberdeen Aquatics centre for Round 2, which will be held on the first weekend of March.
The South Aberdeenshire Swimming (SAS) Meet was the first in the New Year for three swimmers from Nairn Distract ASC; Emily Hamer, Eve Ross and Christian Forgie.
All swimmers had a fantastic weekend with some mighty Personal Bests and seven medals between them!
The 200m Free saw all three deliver great PB’s. Christian on the Saturday took 9.77s off and bagged himself a silver medal whilst Emily and Eve, in the same event on Sunday, took off almost 20s between them; Emily a whopping 10.94s securing herself gold and Eve a fabulous 7.89s winning bronze.
Emily also achieved PB’s in her 200m Breast with 1.6s and another huge 9.71s off her 200m Back time.
Eve knocked 6s off her 200 IM time and won gold in the 11 year old age group.
Chris also secured a gold in his 400 IM event with a 2s PB plus two bronzes in the 200 IM and 200 Back.
The NDASC swimmers and poolside coaches proved to be great competitors and ambassadors for the Club.
Nairn District ASC had over 30 swimmers competing at the HST Meet on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December. The youngest swimmers were 10 and the oldest 19. Many younger swimmers swam 100m races and 200 IM in competition for the first time and smashed their recent times recorded in a club time trial.
A haul of seventeen medals were acquired between six of the older swimmers which included Jacob Duncan (19) who won two silvers in the 50m Breast and 100m Breast, Brooke Lawrie (17) who achieved two silvers in the 800 Free and 1500 Free, Graeme Squires (17) who acquired three golds in the 200 IM, 100 Fly and 50m Back plus two silvers in the 100 Back and 400 Free and a bronze in the 50m Free, Lucas Weir (15) who won a gold in the 100m Back, three silvers in the 50m Free, 50m Back and 100m Free plus a bronze in the 100m Breast, Anna Reid (15) who “flew” away with two bronze in the 50m Fly and 100 Fly and Jessica Schulz (14) who won a silver in the 100 Breast!
There were so many PB’s over the two days and across the team but the most considerable included Christian Forgie (16) who delivered three massive PB’s of 50.83 seconds in the 1500m Free, 20.59 seconds in the 400m Free and 10.07 seconds in the 800m Free, Struan Maclennan (12) who achieved a 17.75 second PB in the 200m IM and Connie Clinch (10) who knocked an impressive 12.98 seconds off her 100m Breast time.
A special mention to Graeme Squires (17), Lucas Weir (15) and Scarlett Morland (15) who, as a result of their performances in the 50m races, qualified for the grueling “Skins Event” at the end of the competition. The Skins Event is a continuous competition commencing with eight competitors and over a continuous series of 50m races. One or more competitors are eliminated in each round until a winner is determined. Graeme and Lucas swam hard and after seven rounds of skins everyone had been eliminated apart from the two Nairn swimmers. In an exciting final race of 50 free, Graeme touched first and was crowned champion with Lucas pushing Graeme all the way to the wall.
The annual NDASC Club Champs took place in Nairn Leisure Centre over two Friday evenings with 53 swimmers aged between 8 and 19 years taking part. This was a superb event over two evenings with lots of fun and strong competition and welcomed a few new swimmers to their first competition. There were lots of PBs and medals were awarded to the top three swimmers for each event (boys & girls).
The highlight of the event was the amazing 11 Club Champ records broken by Reiss Urquhart (boys 8 25m Back), George Hamer (boys 9-10 50 Fly & 50 Back), Bailey Urquhart (boys 11-12 year 200 IM, 400 IM & 100 Back), Lucas Weir (boys 15-16 100 Breast), Brooke Lawrie (girls 17+ 100 Free & 400 IM), Graeme Squires (boys 17+ 400 IM & 200 IM).
Seven NDASC swimmers competed at the SASA North Age Group Meet in Inverness on the 24th & 25th November 2018. This meet is for 10 to 14-year olds with Fiona (14), Eve (11), George (10) and Emily (11) making a qualifying time for the first time. Jess (14), Rosie (14) and Bailey (12) had very busy schedules with 8, 7 and 10 events respectively! Special mention to George who only turned 10 a few days before the event and qualified for the 50M Back in the 10 to 12 age group which was a big achievement as only four ten-year olds made the qualifying time.
Bailey secured PB’s in 8 of his 10 races including taking a massive 9.9 seconds off his 200 Back and a considerable 6.99 seconds off his 400 IM. In her first ever district meet, Fiona took 4.03 seconds off her 200 Fly and has overall knocked 17 seconds off this event this season! Jess narrowly missed a medal in 100 Breast by 0.07 seconds coming in fourth and Rosie broke 30 seconds in her 50 Free for the first time.
Four Nairn District ASC swimmers competed in the ‘Nifty Fifties’ Swim Meet, held at The Aquatics Centre Aberdeen, on Sunday 11th November. As the title suggests, the races were all sprint events.
Eilidh Mackay (15) had a busy day, swimming all 50m events in each stroke, aswell as the 100m IM race. She was rewarded with personal best times in all of her swims.
The youngest competitor, Sophie Gillespie (14) entered three 50m races and achieved a personal best in the freestyle event.
Scarlett Morland (15) was delighted to shave time from her favourite event, the 50m backstroke.
Tension was high, when Anna Reid (15) finished in 11th place in the 50m fly. This necessitated a ‘swim off’ with an Elgin swimmer, to qualify for the final. Unfortunately Anna was pipped to the post by the narrowest margin, but agreed it was a great learning experience!
Nairn District ASC won the best club trophy at the Buckie Mini Meet on Saturday secured by the efforts and team work of sixteen of NDASC’s 8-11-year-old swimmers. Between them they acquired fifteen individual medals and the 8/9 free style relay team also won gold.
In outstanding form, Abigail Thomas won the best 9-year-old girl and George Hamer won the best 9-year-old boy! In addition, there were lots of PB’s, wonderful team work and great experiences had by all the young swimmers.
Erin Anderson (8) brought home a gold in the 25m back and a silver in the 25m breast, Connie Clinch (9) swam away with two bronze medals in the 50m back and the 50m breast, Ella Garrow (10) also acquired two bronze medals in the 50m free and 50m back, Emily Hamer (11) won silver in the 50m breast, George Hamer (9) secured three golds in the 50m back, 50m, breast and 50m fly plus a silver in the 50m free, Abigail Thomas won 2 golds in the 50m back and 50m fly plus a bronze in the 50m free and Reiss Urquhart (8) secured a bronze in the 25m fly.
Also worthy of note, were some amazing PB’s. Ziva McApline (10) achieved four PB’s in all four of her events including a whopping 8.87 second improvement on her 50m fly time and a fabulous 4.88 second improvement on her 50m back. Monty Tree (11) swam in three races and got three PB’s delivering a significant 6.74 improvement on his 50m fly time and a 6.21 second improvement on his 50m free time.
Well done team Nairn!
Eight senior swimmers from Nairn District ASC competed in the North District Open Championships, held in Aberdeen on the first weekend of November. As swimmers had to obtain qualification times, this was a highly competitive event attracting the best athletes from around Scotland.
Graeme Squires (17) flew the flag for Nairn, by taking home a trophy for his 400m IM event. This was given to the fastest swimmer coming from the North District. Meanwhile, Graeme was pleased to swim personal best times in both his 200 back and 200 IM swims.
Also on form was his teammate, Lucas Weir (15). Extremely versatile, Lucas qualified to swim in 9 individual events. A highlight was his 200m breaststroke, where he took 8.63 seconds from his previous time.
The clubs breaststroke specialist, Jacob Duncan (19) also performed well in the 50, 100 and 200m events.
No stranger to North District, Brooke Lawrie (17), competed in an exhausting seven events across the two day Meet. Most impressive was finishing in the Top 10 of the 800 freestyle event.
Anna Reid (15) also qualified for eight individual events and shaved time from her personal best in four of them.
Two other of the clubs fifteen year old girls also had success. Eilidh Mackay with a strong performance in the 200m breast event, took 3.32 seconds from her personal best and Scarlett Morland coming away with three improvements from three backstroke events.
Jessica Schulz (14) did exceptionally well, reaching the final of the very competitive 100m breaststroke, and also took time off each event she entered.
Five young Nairn District ASC swimmers jingled all the way home from the Deveron Mini Meet with 19 medals and 15 PB’s from 20 races! The team represented their club with pride and their comradery at the event was wonderful.
Abigail Thomas (9), in peak form, won golds in all four of her events and achieved a full house of PB’s too and knocked a huge 4.95 seconds off her 50m fly time!
Emily Hamer (11) won gold in the 50m breast, and three silvers in 50m back, 50m fly and 50m free plus a full set of PB’s.
George Hamer (9) and Connie Clinch (9) both won three silvers and one bronze in their four events.
Ella Garrow (10) in a tough category, did a fantastic job to win a silver in the 50m breast and two bronzes in the 50m free and 50m back.
Competing at the Garioch Meet, Fiona Mackintosh (14) improved her times in both 200 m events she swam. Particularly impressive was her breaststroke event which saw a personal best of over 11 seconds.
Four swimmers travelled east along the coast to Fraserburgh, to compete at the North District Distance Meet. This was a rare opportunity to swim the longer events of 800m and 1500m.
Rosie-Smith-Macaulay (14) competed in the 400m and 800m Freestyle, achieving a huge PB of 21.09 secs in her 800m.
Jessica Schulz (14) competed in the 400 Freestyle and 400m IM taking 5.41 secs of her 400 IM.
Emily Hamer (11) had a fantastic swim in her 400m Freestyle improving massively by 22.47 secs.
Darcey Woodman (11) competed in 400m, 800m and as the youngest competitor, in the gruelling 1500m Freestyle. She made a positive 4.07 secs improvement in the 400m Freestyle.
North Aryshire - 29/30 Sep 2018
Two senior Nairn District ASC swimmers, recently competed in the North Ayrshire meet held in Irivine.
Brooke Lawrie (17) entered seven events over the weekend ranging in distance from 200-1500metres. She was thrilled to be awarded two gold medals in the 200m IM and 200 breast and a silver in the 200 free.
Graeme Squires (17) competed in four events achieving personal bests in all of them, including an impressive 9 second personal best in the 1500 freestyle. He took away two silver medals for the 400 freestyle and 400 IM.
Forres mini Meet - 29th Sep 2018
Seventeen young Nairn District ASC swimmers romped home from the local mini meet in Forres on Saturday 29th September with 28 individual event medals between them and some amazing times and PB’s!
The swimmers at this meet were aged between 8 and 11 years and for some this was their first external competition. Other clubs competing included Forres, Thurso, Buckie, Elgin, Inverness, Tain and WASC.
Highlights of the busy day included two age group winners; Reiss Urquhart (8) and George Hamer (9). Both boys had a fantastic day with Reiss winning 4 medals; 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze, and George took home 3 golds and 1 silver plus 2 more golds for his part in the 8/9 Medley Relay and 8/9 Free Relay.
Other individual medal wins included 4 medals for Erin Anderson (8), 4 medals for Connie Clinch (9), 4 medals for Ella Garrow (10), 3 medals for Emily Hamer (11), 1 medal for Eve Ross (11) and 4 medals for Abigail Thomas (9).
There were also some fantastic times and PB’s including Erin Anderson (8) with a 4.56 second improvement on her 25m Breast, Connie Clinch (9) with a 3.19 second improvement on her 50m Breast, Emily Hamer took 5.36 seconds off her 50m Fly, George Hamer (9) knocked a whopping 8.93 seconds off his 100M IM, Niamh Robertson (9) took 5.62 seconds off her 50m Free, Eve Ross (11) delivered a 3.63 second PB in the 50m Breast and Maiya Urquhart (10) produced a huge 7.35 second PB in her 100 IM.
There were some wonderful personal highlights for Eve Ross (11) who got a full house of 5 PB’s along with Emily Hamer who also achieved PB’s in all 5 of her individual events and did an amazing job to secure bronze in the very tough girls 8-11 100 IM event achieving a 2.78 second PB. Abigail Thomas (9) and Ella Garrow (10) also achieved 4 PB’s each.
The 8/9 Mixed Relay team won golds in both the Free and Medley Relay events. Massive well done to George, Connie, Abigail and Niamh for a fantastic team effort. They were a huge 54 seconds in front of Forres who came in second in the Medley Relay event and 13 seconds in front of Thurso who came in second in the Free Relay.
NDASC Gibson Shield - 21 Sept 2018
Nairn District ASC held their annual fun meet, The Gibson Shield, on Friday 21st September. This is an in-house event, where all members of the club compete in 4 25m sprint events. Swimmers ranged in ages from 6-46 including parents who competed for the first time ever at the Gibson Shield making this an all-round fun family event!
Swimmers gained points, according to the position attained in each race within their individual age groups. This resulted in an overall winner of the Gibson Shield, but medals were also awarded for gold, silver and bronze across all age ranges.
The honour of overall winner for 2018 and the winner of the Gibson Shield Trophy was George Hamer (9) with Lucas Weir (15) and Abigail Thomas (9) sharing joint second place.
The record breakers cup was awarded to the swimmer who broke a record with the highest margin. This was presented to George Hamer (9) who took 3.69 seconds off the boys 9 and under 25m Fly record.
The parents race proved to be fun and popular with 13 parents competing on the night who had trained during the summer alongside the younger club swimmers. Robin Weir won gold, Wendy Garrow attained silver and Malcolm Hamer secured bronze.
Also introduced this year was a mixed relay event with 8 swimmers per team ranging from the beginners to the advanced and including a mix of parents too. The event was fun for all and the winning relay team was Sapphire, Ashleigh, Dale, Monty, Eve, Ella, Jarlath and Eilidh Mackay.
Bridge of Don September Splash - 8 Sep 2018
SIBLING SWIMMING SUCESS!
Two members of Nairn District ASC, Emily Hamer (11) and George Hamer (9), attended the Bridge of Don September Splash on 8th September. The siblings had a fantastic day of swimming, with Emily taking an impressive 5.92 secs off of her 100m Individual Medley, and 3.87 seconds off of her 100m Freestyle. George came away with a Silver in 100m Butterfly, Bronze in 100m Freestyle, 4th in 100m Breaststroke, and he received a speeding ticket for his 100m backstroke for achieving a time faster than the entry time for the event with an impressive 14.68sec pb.
Emily Hamer: 100m IM 1:31.85 PB 100 free 1.21.43 PB
George Hamer: 100 fly 1:57.44 PB, 100 free 1:27.58 PB, 100 back 1:31.22 PB, 100 breast 1:54.85 PB
Nairn District ASC swimmers have returned with a host of medals and personal best times after a successful first meet of the new season. A grand total of 18 swimmers, ranging in age from 9-19 descended on Bathgate, for the Dunedin Swim Team Challenge Meet. For many of the younger swimmers, this was the first time they had competed in an external swim meet, so was a great experience for them.
George Hamer (9) entered eight events over the weekend and started his collection of medals. Three silvers and one bronze. His times over all events dropped significantly.
Eilidh Maclennan, Annabelle Schulz and Rachel Gillespie, all just ten years old also swam exceptionally well and clocked up good pb’s including a great swim from Eilidh in the 100 freestyle taking 15.77 seconds from her previous time.
Two eleven year old swimmers, Darcey Woodman and Emily Hamer also enjoyed the meet with Emily improving her times in all seven events she swam and Darcey taking nearly four seconds from her 100 fly.
Bailey Urquhart (12) swam in six events and collected two bronze medals and a full set of personal bests for his efforts. Particularly impressive was his 200m freestyle where he improved his time by 7.95 seconds.
The 100m and 50m butterfly events did not phase Annabelle Clokie (13) who shaved time off her personal best in both.
The group of fourteen year old girls, Rosie Smith-Macaulay, Jessica Schulz, Sophie Gillespie and Fiona Mackintosh all achieved good results. Jessica took away two bronze medals for the 50m breast and 100m IM events and Rosie finished in the Top 10 in all her swims.
Anna Reid, Scarlett Morland and Eilidh Mackay (all 15) also took home medals. Anna with two golds in the 200m fly and 200m back and a bronze in the 50m back. Scarlett gaining a bronze medal in the 200m back and Eilidh delighted with a silver in the 200m breast.
Performing up to their usual standards, were the older boys. Lucas Weir (15) taking a bronze in the 100 back with a 4.03 second personal best.
The biggest medal haul from the weekend was from Graeme Squires (16). Three silvers and two bronze medals and an impressive seven personal best times from the nine races swam.
However, the breaststroke events were dominated by Jacob Duncan (19) who was the victor in both the 100m and 200m breast stroke events and a close second in the 50m race.
Brooke's Open Water Summer Success
Brooke Lawrie, 17, of Nairn District ASC and Highland Swim Team has again competed in Open Water Swimming over the summer months. This year Brooke moved up an age group into the 17/18 year category, making her one of the younger swimmers with some tough races during the summer.
Brooke competed in her first 10km swim at the Scottish National Open Water Championships during August in an Open Age Group Competition and finished in third place behind some well established Open Water Swimmers. To put this distance into perspective it would be 400 lengths at Nairn Leisure.
The hot summer delivered warmer than normal loch water temperatures, which resulted in many of the competitions being non-wetsuit, a very different experience for Brooke who trains mainly in her wetsuit at Loch Morlich and Nairn Beach, in addition to her many pool sessions each week, clocking up on average 40k metres per week!
Brooke has travelled around the UK over the summer and as a result of her commitment and hard work throughout the season she has been selected by Scottish Swimming Open Water Development to participate in the 14th Cyprus Open Water Marathon in October this year, where she will represent Scotland. Well done Brooke, a wonderful achievement!
East District Open Water Championships, Loch Ore, Fife: 2km 33.30 4th.
Midland District Open Water Championships, Monikie, Dundee: 5km 1:01.35 2nd, 3km 39.25, 1st.
North District Championships, Loch Morlich, Highland: 5km 1:16.31, 4th. 1.5km 22.06, 2nd.
Swim England Open Water Nationals, Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield. 5km, 1:13.28, 18th.
Scottish National Open Water Championships, Loch Venachar, Callander. 5km 1:23.53, 3rd. 10km 2:20.55, 3rd.
Four Nairn swimmers travelled over to the 50m Aberdeen Sports Village pool for the long distance Scottish Summer Meet on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July.
Graeme Squires came home with a bronze medal in the 800 Free Finals and a huge 11.20 second PB. Christian Forgie took 12.25 seconds off his 400 IM time and came sixth in the finals. Morven Scott got to the finals in her three events, swimming close to her PB’s and coming in the top 10 in all races.
Lucas entered 6 events and swam nine races getting to the finals in three of his events; 50 Free, 100 Back and 200 Breast. He swam close to his PB’s in all events securing one small time improvement in the 100 Back.
Six Nairn District ASC swimmers attended The Scottish National Open Championships in Glasgow’s Tollcross long course pool which ran from Thursday 28th June to Sunday 1st July 2018.
It was a very challenging 31°C in the pool on the first day but the swimmers coped extremely well. Jacob kicked off for team Nairn with a solid performance in his 50 Breast followed by an exciting heat for Graeme who achieved an -8.63 second PB in his 1500 Free and, after leading for so much of the race, was pipped to the post in the last second. On the afternoon of day one, Lucas and Anna swam 50 Breast and 50 Back respectively.
Day 2 of The Scottish Open was tough for all; Graeme swam the 400 Free, Jess the 100 Breast, Anna the 200 Back, Jacob & Lucas competed in the 200 Breast and Brooke in the 800 Free. Graeme and Lucas both achieved small PB’s in their events.
Jacob bounced right back in to action on day 3 with another strong performance in his 100 Breast and jumped up 10 places from his entry seeding. A good result for the last race of the season. Many of the afternoon swims were close to long course PBs. Graeme achieved long course PBs of 3.21 seconds in the 200 IM and 3.64 seconds in the 200 back!
On the final day at Tollcross, Graeme and Lucas were swimming the 400 IM. Graeme broke 5 minutes for the first time with a 3.95 second PB and Lucas took a huge 17.57 seconds off his long course 400 IM time!
Twelve members of Nairn District ASC recently competed at the North District Development Meet, held in Inverness on 23-24th June. For many, this was the final meet before a well deserved summer break.
For Lucas Weir (15) it was a meet to remember. A total of two gold medals and three silvers, achieving huge personal bests in the process. The 400m freestyle was a highlight as he knocked off a impressive 24.87 secs from his previous best time. However, all five races were personal best times demonstrating his phenomenal progress this year.
His team mate, Graeme Squires (17) also came away clutching medals. A gold in the 200 free, silver in the 200 breast and both times personal bests.
Spurred on by the boys success, the youngest swimmers qualifying for the District meet upped their game and produced some fantastic swims. Eve Ross (11) improved her times in all five swims, including a 16.23 second PB in the 200 IM and Jessica MacPherson (11) also achieved best ever times in her two races.
The 12 year olds were equally outstanding. Emily Hamer produced three dramatically improved times in her races, including a 31 second PB in the 400 free and a 22 second PB in the 200 free.
Darcey Woodman improved her time in the gruelling 400 IM by 29 seconds.
A bronze medal, was the reward for a great performance in the 400 free by Jessica Schulz, who was delighted to also record a 6.75 second improvement on her entry time.
Not to be outdone, the 15 year old girls were pleased with their swims. Scarlett Morland had a 5 and 6 second personal best in the 200 back and freestyle events whilst Rosie Smith -Macaulay recorded two personal bests in the 200 IM and 200 freestyle. Particularly strong was her 200 freestyle event, where 8 seconds was slashed from her previous best.
Anna Reid and Eilidh Mackay swam strongly over the weekend with Eilidh demonstrating her continued improvement as four of her five swims were improvements on her entry times.
Brooke Lawrie (17), who specialises in longer distance swimming, competed in six events over the two days and her efforts were rewarded with two silver medals in the 200 fly and 400 IM.
After participating in the IM Challenge, both Fiona Mackintosh and Christian Forgie went on to compete the following day in the Dyce Graded Meet. They both completed four 100m races. As this was Fiona’s first ever time swimming in a long course pool and Christian’s first time swimming these particular events, both swam well and recorded valuable times going forward.
Nairn 2nd IM Challenge Meet - 9th June 2018
On Saturday 9th June, Nairn District ASC welcomed swimming clubs from across the North of Scotland, to participate in it’s second IM Challenge Meet. A grand total of 130 competitors took part from as far away as Wick, Lochaber and Tain aswell as clubs nearer to home, including Forres, Inverness and Buckie.
The swimmers had to complete a 50m race in all four strokes aswell as a 100 IM. Points were awarded to each swimmer, dependant on the overall finishing position. The top 5 swimmers from each age group went on to compete in a very exciting and competitive grand final, which was swum as a 100 IM for ages 9/10 and a 200 IM for all other ages groups.
The team of 32 Nairn swimmers all performed well overall, attaining many personal bests. One of the mums, Elena Reid was assessed on the day, and passed level 2 for judging - an achievement which enables the club to enter swimmers to District meets, as officials have to be provided.
The event was incredibly well supported from local businesses who provided an array of excellent raffle prizes. A special mention must go to North of Scotland Marquees, who yet again, provided a marquee and The Sundancer, who fed all the officials a superb lunch on the day. Both kindly provided completely free of charge.
A team of five swimmers from Nairn ASC made the trip to Wick for the Far North Meet on 3rd June and came back with an impressive haul of medals and PBs.
Christian Forgie (15) took an amazing 17.08 seconds off his 200m backstroke, securing a silver medal. He also achieved gold medals for 200m fly and 200m breast and another silver for 200m freestyle.
Ella Garrow (9) gained PBs and medals in all four of her strokes. Bronze for 25m fly and back, silver for 25m breast and gold for 25m freestyle.
George Hamer (9) did exceptionally well in his swims, gaining gold medals for 25m fly, back, breast and free. He also managed to gain PBs in all four strokes.
Emily Hamer (11) faced stiff competition in her swims and managed a PB in 50m breast.
Niamh Robertson (9) also performed well improving her times in 25m fly, back and freestyle.
Five Nairn District ASC swimmers headed to the Inverkeithing Competitive Amateur Swimmers (InCAS) Meet in Glenrothes, Fife on 26th & 27th May. This is a really well organised and friendly meet but with strong competition. All swimmers did incredibly well.
Jacob Duncan (18) came back with two golds in the 200 Breast and 400 IM and a silver in the 200 Free.
Christian Forgie (15) landed two silver medals and 2 good PBs in 200 Fly & 400 IM before heading off to Aberdeen for the North District Long Course Time Trials!
Annabelle Clokie (12) gained 4 good PBs across 200 Breast, 200 Free, 200 Back & 200 IM and took a substantial 11.22s off her 200 Back.
Fiona MacKintosh (14) and Darcey Woodman (11) smashed their 1500 Free - their first ever 1500m race - taking 1.5 mins off their club time trials. Both also gained PBs in their shorter distance events - Fiona in 200 Fly and Darcey in 200 Free.
A great two days and very happy swimmers.
The last weekend in May, saw seven Nairn District ASC swimmers competing in the North District Time Trails, which were held at Aberdeen Sports Village. In order to qualify for these events, swimmers had to meet minimum entry times and therefore, competition was fierce.
For Christian Forgie (16) this venue was the second in the same weekend as he spent the Saturday competing at Glenrothes. He joined the rest of the team on Sunday and swam two gruelling events - the 1500 free and 400 IM. Having never swam these distances in a long course pool before, he performed exceptionally well.
Lucas Weir (15) achieved qualifying times in an impressive eight events and finished in the Top 10 in all of them. Arguably, the best races being in the 200m breast, where he finished in 2nd place and the 50m free, where he was the 2nd placed boy in his age group.
Another strong middle distance swimmer is Graeme Squires (17). Finishing in the Top 3 in all races, he would be most pleased with the 800 free, where he took 16.46 seconds from his previous best performance.
The girls also had a good weekend. Rosie Smith - Macaulay competed in the most events of any Nairn swimmer. An exhausting 9 races! A particularly strong performance in the 400m freestyle event, saw her improve her time by 8.23 seconds.
Just behind her was Jessica Schultz (14) with eight events. Great swims in both the 50 breast and 100 free, saw her placed 4th in both and taking over 3 seconds off her entry time in the 200 IM.
Eilidh Mackay (15) finished the weekend with a personal best in the 50m free and a third place in the gruelling 400m IM
Scarlett Morland (15) competed in five events with the strongest performances being in the 50 and 100m back stroke.
Seven Nairn District ASC swimmers represented their club at the Alloa Meet, held at the Peak Leisure centre in Stirling on 29th May.
Rosie Smith - Macaulay (14) had a very successful meet, entering five events over the course of the day. Particularly impressive, were her results in the 50 and 100m freestyle, where she was placed in the top 10 and improved her time by 2.79 seconds in the 100m event.
The youngest swimmers were Annabelle Clokie (12) and Sophie Gillespie (14) who both achieved a personal best time on the day. Annabelle in the 50m free and Sophie in the 100 back.
Fiona Mackintosh (14) also entered five events and gained a personal best in the 100 back, which was also the best event for Scarlett Morland (14) who also took a second off her previous time, gaining her a top 10 place within her age group.
Eilidh Mackay (14) swam all four strokes over 100m distance, gaining personal bests in all but one event, showing great consistency.
The oldest member of the team, Melissa Murray (16) set a great example for the younger members of the team. Her best race, being the 100m breast where she gained a 4.23 second PB and 4th place.
Thirteen Nairn District ASC swimmers had an excellent day at the Buckie Mini Meet on the 19th May. The event is for swimmers aged between 8 and 11 and a perfect place for youngsters taking their first dip into competitive swimming. Swimmers attended from Buckie, Garioch, Forres, Elgin, Inverness and Nairn swimming clubs and there were plenty of medals and 26 PB’s for team Nairn on the day!
George Hamer (9) won two silvers in his 50 Back and 50 Free, Ella Garrow (9) brought home three silvers in the 50 Back, 50 Free and 50 Breast, Kirsten Main (10) walked away with a silver in the 50 Back and Darcey Woodman (11) secured a bronze in her 50 Free swim.
The Mixed 8-9 100 Meter Freestyle relay team came in second and the Mixed 8-9 100 Meter Medley relay team won a well-earned first place gold against stiff competition.
Erin Anderson (8) did a super job with 3 PB’s in her first competition. Connie Clinch (9) narrowly missed medal positions in her individual events but secured 3 respectable PB’s and won a gold and a silver medal in her age group relays. Fraser Urquhart (11) returned home with a full house of PB’s in his 4 individual events on the day and with a whopping -11.79 seconds off his 50 Fly, -9.09 off his 50 Free and -6.72 off his 50 Breast!
Nairn Grantown Challenge Meet - Fri 11 May 2018 - Nairn
Nairn District ASC recently invited Grantown ASC to a friendly Challenge Meet held at Nairn pool. This now annual event, is much anticipated in the swimming calendar as much as a social event for parents aswell as a competitive one for swimmers.
Each club were well represented from all members, across an age range between 7-37 years. They were asked to choose their two strongest events over a 50 metre distance (25m for the 8 and under category). Places were awarded for each age group and points awarded accordingly, culminating in a final score which decided the overall winning club.
Once more, there was a very strong support from parents enabling the event to take place, and all enjoyed a supper at Nairn Dunbar Golf club, before winners medals were awarded and the winning club announced.
Nairn District ASC were the victors, retaining the trophy, with a total points score of 278 to Grantown’s 185.
Eight Nairn District ASC swimmers travelled to Aberdeen to participate in The University of Aberdeen international Open Meet, held on 28th-29th April. The swimmers competed with the best in the District aswell as from other countries including a strong contingent from Norway.
For Lucas Weir (15) this was a successful outing. He reached the final in five events, his best result being in the 50 breast where he finished fourth, improving his personal best in the process.
Jessica Schulz (13) qualified for seven events and was a finalist in four of them including a very respectable 8th place in the highly contested 100 free.
Rosie Smith Macaulay, Eilidh Mackay and Scarlett Morland (14) swam very fast in the 50 free, with all improving on their previous time. Scarlett also had personal bests in the 50 and 100 back.
Anna Reid (15) swam well in all of the five events that she qualified for, and finished in the Top 20 in the 50 and 100 back.
The youngest swimmer of the group, Bailey Urquhart (12) gained great experience swimming in a long course pool. He achieved personal bests in three events, including taking 7.26 seconds from his 200 breast.
No stranger to District meets is Jacob Duncan (18) who qualified for three finals with the best performance being his 200 breast where 7th place was achieved.
Twelve Nairn District ASC swimmers ages 8 - 14 took part in the Inverness Graded Meet on Saturday 21st April. It was a great event with lots of medals, speeding tickets and PBs.
Medal winners were Annabelle Clokie (12) - 1st in 100 IM and 2nd 100 Free, Darcey Woodman (11) - 1st in 100 Free and 3rd in 100 Back, Bailey Urquhart (12) - 2nd in 100 Breast and William Hodi (14) - 1st in 100 Breast and 3rd in 100 IM. The girls 11-12 200 IM Relay (Connie Clinch (age 9!), Emily Hamer, Darcey Woodman, Annabelle Clokie) also won a bronze.
Two speeding tickets (swimmers swimming too fast for medals) were given to George Hamer (8) in 50 Fly and Annabelle Clokie (12) in 100 Back.
And of course there were many PB’s; Connie Clinch (9) in 50 Back, 50 Fly, 50 Breast; Annabelle Clokie (12) in 100 Back, 100 Free, 100 IM, 100 Fly; Rachael Gillespie (10) in 50 Back; Sophie Gillespie (14) in 100 Free; Emily Hamer (11) in 100 Back, 100 IM, 100 Breast; George Hamer (8) in 50 Fly, 50 Free, 50 Breast; William Hodi (14) in 100 Breast, 100 IM, 100 Back; Fiona Mackintosh (14) in 100 Breast, 100 Free; Eilidh Maclennan (9) in 50 Breast; Bailey Urquhart (12) in 100 Breast, 100 Fly.
A group of seven Nairn swimmers recently competed at the Buckie ASC Annual Age Group Meet which was held on the 14th/15th of April 2018.
Darcey Woodman (11) won 3 medals in her age group. Silver in the 400 free and 100 back and a bronze in 200 free. She entered 7 events and had a pb in all of her swims.
Another medal came from Eve Ross (11) in the 200 breast, a bronze and along with it a great pb taking 13.37 seconds off her entry time.
Bailey Urquhart (12) entered 5 events and again he had a clean sweep of pb’s, the biggest being 15.41 seconds in the 400IM.
Annabelle, Emily, Jessica M and Scarlett swam consistently and had numerous pb’s between them, taking the total for all swimmers over the weekend to 25. The biggest went to Annabelle with a fantastic 22.04 seconds off her 200IM.
Another successful weekend for Nairn District Amateur Swimming Club!
Twelve Nairn District ASC swimmers aged from 9 up to 16 years, travelled to Glasgow Tollcross for the COGST Graded Meet at Tollcross 50m swimming pool. For some swimmers this was their first competition in a 50m pool and long course events. The events were well subscribed with many averaging 80 entrants and one with well over a 100!
The younger swimmers had some wonderful results with Ella Garrow (9) achieving 7th place in the girls 8-10 50 Free (out of 82 swimmers) and George Hamer (9) securing 7th place in the boys 8-10 Back 9 (out of 28 swimmers) and 12th place in the boys 8-10 50 Fly (out of 23 swimmers).
There were some wonderful highlights from the older team swimmers too. Anna Reid (15) won a silver in the girls 15-16 50m Back. Anna also achieved PB’s in 3 of her 6 events and top 10 places for most of her events. Rosie Smith-Macaulay (14) delivered PB’s in 4 of her 6 events with her other 2 events having no previous seed time and finished in the top 20 for all her events. Sophie Gillespie (14) delivered the highest team PB knocking -6.51 off her girls 13-14 50 Back.
The long course event was a wonderful experience for the younger swimmers who performed remarkably well against stiff competition from older and more experienced swimmers.
Over five days, six Nairn District ASC swimmers represented The Highland Swim Team at The Scottish National Age Group Event (SNAGS) at Tollcross in Glasgow. This is one of the premier Age Group events in the swim calendar.
To qualify is a huge achievement that 90% of Age Group swimmers never manage successfully so to have six NDASC swimmers qualifying is a fantastic achievement.
Jacob Duncan (19) qualified for both 100 and 200 Breaststroke swimming a PB in 100 Breast with an excellent 5th place finish, a huge improvement on last years’ performance when Jacob finished 15th in the same event.
Brooke Lawrie (17) qualified for three races, 400 IM, 400 Free, and 200 Fly finishing in the Top 20 in all of her races.
Anna Reid (15) had three great swims in the 50, 100 and 200 Back swimming consistently close to her PB’s in all.
Jessica Schulz (14) showed great maturity as she swam in the 50, 100 and 200 Breaststroke events which provided her with valuable experience of competing at an event of this magnitude.
Morven Scott (17) qualified for numerous events but chose to focus on the 50 and 100 races for the Backstroke and Fly. She achieved Top 20 positions in three of her four races, swimming very close to her PBs.
Lucas Weir (15) faced stiff competition in the 15-16 age category and was delighted to swim a fantastic PB taking over 10 seconds off his 200 Back, followed by another PB in his 100 Breast.
Fourteen swimmers from Nairn District ASC recently competed in the Elgin Spring Meet, held over two days in Buckie. This was a most successful meet, with numerous personal bests attained and a great collection of medals brought back.
Sixteen year old Graeme Squires had a golden weekend, competing in 2 events and winning both. He was particularly pleased with the 400IM event, where 6.78 secs was taken from his previous time. His teammates, Lucas Weir and Christian Forgie, both fifteen, also brought home medals for their efforts. Lucas winning a gold in the 50 free with a superb time of 26.9 secs and silver medals in the 50 back, 50 breast and 400 IM. Christian was delighted with a bronze in the 200 fly.
Anna Reid (15) recorded a personal best in the 400 free and secured a bronze medal in the 200 fly.
The clubs' group of promising fourteen year old swimmers, Rosie Smith-Macaulay, Scarlett Morland, Fiona Mackintosh and Eilidh Mackay all had strong swims and recorded a total of fifteen personal bests between them. Particularly impressive was Rosie’s 400 free, where she took 14.5 secs from her personal best, finishing in 4th place.
Jessica Shultz (13) came away with a well deserved silver medal in the 200m breaststroke.
Also doing exceptionally well was Annabel Clokie (12). She took a grand total of 76 seconds from her 6 races and posted the biggest personal best of all Nairn swimmers - 41.29 seconds from her 400 free.
The trio of eleven year olds; Bailey Urquhart, Darcey Woodman and Emily Hamer all gave impressive performances. Bailey achieved 5 personal bests, including knocking off over 20 secs from his 400 free. Darcey gained 2 personal bests and Emily travelled home with a bronze medal in the 200 breast
The youngest member of the team, 10 year old Kirsten Main, competed in 2 events and recorded a great time in the 200m breastroke, taking off 34 secs from her previous time.
Overall, Nairn District ASC was thrilled to finish in fifth place in the club competition.
On Friday 9th March, Nairn District ASC held its annual Fast 50’s competition. This popular sprint event, involves all swimmers at the club swimming 4 races. Each one is two lengths of the pool and all four strokes; freestyle, back crawl, breast stroke and butterfly. The age range being 8-37 years, so a good opportunity for everyone to be involved.
Points are awarded according to each race position and time achieved and collated at the end of four races to give overall positions in each age category
The event also relies heavily on support from parents who give their time to ensure the events success.
This year, the Record Breakers trophy was awarded to seventeen year old Morven Scott, who managed to break every record in the 17-99 years category. Most impressively, taking a huge 4.21 seconds from the backstroke event, achieving a time of 31.22 secs
Jacob Duncan (18) broke the breast stroke record in the same category with a time of 31.68 secs and Graeme Squires (16) broke 2 records in the backstroke and butterfly, within the boys 15/16 years group.
A special mention must go to Sapphire Melville, the clubs only 8 year old swimmer. Showing great promise, Sapphire swam all events on her own and did exceptionally well.
Nineteen young Nairn District ASC swimmers aged between 9 and 15 competed at the Forres Mini Meet on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March 2018.
In total the team achieved fifty-four PB’s plus two silvers and two bronzes. Anna Reid (15) won silvers in the 15&over 100M Free and the 15&over 100 Back, Ella Garrow (9) won bronze in the 8-10yrs 50M Free and Emily Hamer (11) won bronze in the 11yrs 100M Breast.
Four swimmers achieved a full set of PB’s in all of their individual events. Connie Clinch (9) achieved five PB’s in all five of her individual races, Annabelle Clokie walked away with four PB’s in her four events and with a fantastic 11.87 off her 100 Breast, Eilidh Maclennan (9) achieved three PB’s in her three races and Eve Ross (11) got four PB’s in her four events knocking 16.13 seconds off her 100M Back, 17.27 seconds off her 100M Breast and 16.38 seconds off her 100M Free.
Christian Forgie (15) achieved three PB’s from his five events and knocked 18.26 seconds off his 100M Back, Struan Maclennan (11) knocked a fabulous 17.27 seconds off his 100M Free and Kirsten Main (10) knocked a wonderful 25.78 seconds off her 100 IM.
Sadly Scarlett Morland (14) had to retire with injury so could not compete in the 14yrs 100M Free.
Another fantastic result for team Nairn at the Cults Mini Meet in Aberdeen on Sunday 25th February.
The team on the day consisted of six young swimmers including one novice external meet swimmer. Everyone achieved at least three PB’s and the team came away with a total of 18 medals in the individual events! (Trophies were given to places 1-6).
The Nairn 8-9 Mixed Relay team also did a fantastic job bringing home 2nd in the Medley and 1st in the Freestyle.
Sapphire Melville had an amazing first external meet, achieving PB’s in all three of her individual events and she played a strong part in the mixed relay team races.
George Hamer came away with a huge smile on his face and with 1st place in all five of his individual events, three of which were PB’s. George also received the 9yr Best Boy Trophy.
In their individual races, Ella Garrow left with four medals and three PB’s, Connie Clinch achieved three PB’s and three medal positions and both Abigail Thomas and Emily Hamer walked away with four PB’s and two medals each.
Nairn District ASC were thrilled to have an eleven strong team qualify to swim in this years North District Age Group Meet, held over two weekends in Aberdeen. It is the largest number of swimmers that the club has sent to this annual competition, which is attended by the best swimmers in the north of Scotland.
Jacob Duncan (19) reigned supreme in the breast stroke, picking up a gold medal in the 200m and two further bronze medals in the 50m and 100m races
Graeme Squires (17) achieved success at 400m distance, coming away with 2 bronze medals in freestyle and individual medley. In each race over the two weekends, Graeme posted personal bests in all, showing great promise for the forthcoming season.
Lucas Weir (15) also had a good Meet, taking away a silver and bronze medal in the 50m and 200m breaststroke. Whilst doing so, taking 1.86 seconds from the shorter distance and a huge 6.98 seconds from his 200m event.
Brooke Lawrie (17) finished third in the 1500 freestyle event.
The clubs group of 14 & 15 year old girls, which include Jessica Schultz, Eilidh Mackay, Scarlett Morland, Anna Reid and Rosie Smith-Maculay also performed well and achieved good personal bests across a wide variety of distances. Anna reaching the final of the 100m backstroke was a highlight.
The clubs oldest competitor, Drew Johnston (32) and youngest - Bailey Urquhart (12) recorded excellent times in a long course pool.
The end of each weekend, sees clubs putting forward swimmers for relay events. It has been many years since Nairn District ASC were able to put forward a group of male swimmers. However, Jacob, Graeme, Drew and Lucas competed in the 4 x 50m men’s relay and smashed their entry time by an impressive 3 seconds.
Not to be outdone, the girls team, consisting of Anna, Rosie, Eilidh, Brooke and Scarlett, qualified for 3 relays across two weekends and swam impressively against very tough competition.
Annual Prize Giving 2017
Nairn District ASC Annual Prize Giving 2017 was held on Saturday 6th January 2018 and was well attended by club swimmers of all ages and their families.
Winners by squad were Bronze Niamh Robertson, Silver Kirsten Main, Gold Anna Reid and Gold Elite Brooke Lawrie.
Most improved Junior Boy went to Struan McLennan and Girl Emily Hamer. Most improved Senior Boy went to Lucas Weir and Girl Rosie Smith MCaulay.
The Boys Endeavour Award went to Chris Forgie and the Girls to Fiona Macintosh.
Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Katie Mackenzie, Commitment Award was given to Graeme Squires and Citizenship Award was given to Harry Jack and Brooke Lawrie.
Thirteen swimmers were given Pride of the Club Awards; Rosie Smith MCaulay, Jacob Duncan, Eilidh Mackay, Brooke Lawrie, Bailey Urquhart, Morven Scott, Darcey Woodman, Graeme Squires, Jess Schulz, Lucas Weir, Scarlett Morland, Adam Scott, Fiona Macintosh.
Age group winners were as follows:
Under 8 Girls: 1st Abigail Thomas, 2nd Niamh Robertson, 3rd Sapphire Melville
9-10 Boys: 1st George Hamer, 2nd Ross Humphreys, 3rd Monty Tree
9-10 Girls: 1st Eve Ross, 2nd Jessica Macpherson, 3rd Ella Garrow
11-12 Boys: 1st Bailey Urquhart, 2nd William Urquhart, 3rd Struan MacLennan
11-12 Girls: 1st Darcey Woodman, 2nd Annabelle Clokie, 3rd Anna MacGregor
13-14 Boys: 1st Lucas Weird, 2nd William Hodi
13-14 Girls: 1st Anna Reid, 2nd Eilidh Mackay, 3rd Rosie Smith Macaulay
15-16 Boys: 1st Graeme Squires, 2nd Chris Forgie
15-16 Girls: 1st Morven Scott, 2nd Brooke Lawrie, 3rd Melissa Murray
17+ Boys: 1st Jacob Duncan, 2nd Drew Johnston, 3rd Adam Scott
17+ Girls: 1st Debbie Robertson
IM Trophies were given to Eve Ross for the Girls 100 IM, George Hamer for the Boys 100 IM, Morven Scott for the Girls 200 IM, Graeme Squires for the Boys 200 IM, Brooke Lawrie for the Girls Katie Mackenzie 400 IM and Jacob Duncan for the Boys Katie Mackenzie 400 IM.
Morven Scott won the Girls Club Champion and Jacob Duncan won the Boys Club Champion.
29 Nairn District ASC swimmers swam 117 individual races with 90 PB’s at the Highland Swim Team Time Trials on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December 2017. For several this was their first HST meet but everyone rose to the challenge and cheered on their team mates throughout the whole event.
17 swimmers achieved PB’s in 100% of their races. The biggest PB was Christian Forgie (15) knocking 46.79 secs off his 400 free. Connie Clinch (9) took at total of 53.07 secs off her two races from her time trial last month! Emily Hamer (11) also took 57.59 seconds off her two 200m events, Rachel Urquhart (15) knocked a huge 35.06 seconds off her 400 free and Darcey Woodman (11) took 29.10 seconds off her 400 free and 13.98 seconds off her 200 back.
Graeme Squires (16) came first in the 200 IM, 100 IM and 50 back and second in the 200 free, 50 breast and 200 breast with PB’s in all of his 8 events! Jacob Duncan (18) came first in the 50m breast and 200 breast and third in the 50 fly, Drew Johnston (31) came first in the 50m free and second in the 50 fly with PB’s in both events and Lucas Weir (14) came second in the 200 IM and third in the 200 back.
The HST girls relay team (4 x 200m freestyle), including Nairn swimmer Brooke Lawrie (16), beat the standard set by Scottish Swimming of 8.57 by 2 seconds to claim the Scottish record for Junior Females! Just about every relay swimmer, swam a massive PB in the relays with the boys beating their entry time by 7 seconds to win the 4 x 100m free relay!
To top off the weekend’s success, 7 of the younger Nairn District ASC swimmers all gained places in HST Swim Skills Squad. Well done to Abigail Thomas (8), Connie Clinch (9), Ella Garrow (9), Eve Ross (10), Jessica MacPherson (10), Kirsten Main (10) and Emily Hamer (11).
Five Nairn District ASC swimmers travelled as part of Highland Swim Team to compete in The Scottish Short Course Championships that were held at the Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh from 8th-10th December 2017.
This event is always of the highest quality with a large amount of Commonwealth medalists competing. Many were en-route to the European Championships in Copenhagen, trying to make their final claim for a place to represent Scotland at the Gold Coast in 2018.
For Jacob Duncan (18) this is one of his key events of the year as he is now too old for age group swimming and is stepping up to compete against the best in the country on a regular basis. He qualified for 5 races and swam a PB in 100 IM and 100 Breast with his form remaining consistent.
Jacob managed to hold his nerve when qualifying for one of the faster heats on Sunday morning. His weekend was topped off when meeting one of his idols, Commonwealth and Olympic 200 Breast stroke medalists Michael Jamieson.
A trio of 16-year old’s also qualified for this competition. Morven Scott, despite qualifying for many races, focused on 50m races and 100m Back. Morven swam a PB in 50 Back and a very strong first leg in the freestyle relay team setting her team mates up for a good relay PB.
Graeme Squires and Brooke Lawrie continued to gain experience from attending National Open Events and both tackled the grueling longer distance swims with Graeme also taking on the added responsibilities of Team Captain for this event and leading warm ups for the whole Highland Team.
Jessica Schulz (13) from Grantown qualified for the first time for two breast stroke races at this competition gaining invaluable experience.
The annual NDASC Club Champs took place in Nairn Leisure Centre over two Friday evenings with 46 swimmers taking part in 15 events across all ages. This was a superb event over two evenings with lots of fun and strong competition and welcomed a few new swimmers to their first competition event. There were lots of PBs and medals were awarded to the top three swimmers for each event (boys & girls).
The highlight of the event was the amazing 9 Club Champ records broken by Abigail Thomas (8 year & under 25M Fly), Bailey Urquhart (11-12 year old boy 400 IM), Lucas Weir (3 records 13-14 year old boy 100 breaststroke, 100 back and 200 IM), Graeme Squires (2 records 15-16 year old boy 100 Fly, 200 IM), Drew Johnston (17-99 year old boy 100 Fly), Jacob Duncan (2 records 17-99 year old boy 100 breaststroke and 200 IM).
Record Breaker Details
Abigail Thomas - 8 year & under 25m Fly - time of 27.35 taking 2.77s off the previous record
Bailey Urquhart - 11-12 year old boy 400 IM - time of 7:02.56 taking 20.91s off the previous record
Lucas Weir- 13-14 year old boy 100 breaststroke - time of 1:14.94 taking 4.37s off the previous record
Lucas Weir - 13-14 year old boy 100 back - time of 1:11.62 taking 0.67s off the previous record
Lucas Weir - 13-14 year old boy 200 IM - time of 2:34.22 taking 0.75s off the previous record
Graeme Squires - 15-16 year old boy 100 Fly - time of 1:05.15 taking 2.08s off the previous record
Graeme Squires - 15-16 year old boy 200 IM - time of 2:19.37 taking 7.61s off the previous record
Drew Johnston - 17-99 year old boy 100 Fly - time of 1:03.53 taking 1.22s off the previous record
Jacob Duncan 17-99 year old boy 100 Breast - time 1:08.06 taking 3.72s off the previous record
Jacob Duncan 17-99 year old boy 200 IM - time 2:19.69 taking 5.9s off the previous record
The North District Age Group Meet was held in Inverness on the 25th and 26th of November 2017.
Six swimmers represented Nairn District ASC, as they had met consideration times and qualified for this hugely competitive district event.
Lucas Weir(14) continued his strong form this season winning silver in 100m breaststroke and finishing within the top 10 in his age group in the six events swum. Particularly notable, was an outstanding performance in the 100m freestyle at the end of day 2. He managed to improve his time by 3.49 seconds and break 1 minute with a time of 59.85secs.
Anna Reid (14) qualified for 8 events and swam personal bests in all but 1 of them. The biggest came in the 200 fly, where a huge 10.49 seconds was taken off her time.
Eilidh Mackay (14) also performed well in all 4 events but had an outstanding swim in the 400m IM taking 10.48 seconds off her entry time.
Scarlett Morland (14) achieved 5 personal bests, the most progress being in the backstroke events. 4.48seconds was shaved off her 200m time.
Rosie Smith-Macaulay (13) and Bailey Urquhart (11) both had good swims. Rosie taking 2.58 seconds from her 200m fly and Bailey taking 4.54 seconds from the 200m
In addition, the club works closely with Grantown swimming club and Jessica Schulz (13) trains with both clubs. She joined our swimmers on the day and achieved excellent results.
Both Lucas and Anna achieved consideration times for Scottish National Age Groups at this meet. This is an annual event, held in Aberdeen which brings together the highest achieving swimmers in the country.
Five Nairn District ASC swimmers recently competed at the Upper Deeside Challenge Meet, held in Aboyne. Each swimmer could enter two challenges - the challenges were stroke challenges where the swimmer entered 50m, 100m and 200m in a specific stroke and there was a sprint challenge, where the swimmer entered 50m in each stroke.
Rosie Smith Macaulay (13) had a great day and collected a trophy from both events she entered. A silver in the fly Challenge and a bronze in the sprint challenge aswell as 4 personal best times achieved.
Christian Forgie (14) excelled in the breaststroke challenge and was delighted to be awarded a silver place in his age group. He also took over 4 seconds from his 100m and 50m events.
Scarlett Morland (14) also collected a third place trophy in the highly contested sprint challenge.
Other team members -Sophie Gillespie (13) and Eilidh Mackay (14) both swam well. Sophie taking the biggest personal best on the day -a huge 14.77 seconds from her 200 free and Eilidh very narrowly missing out on a trophy in the backstroke challenge.
Eleven swimmers from Nairn District ASC recently competed at The Buckie Mini Meet which was held in Buckie on Saturday 11th of November. For some, this was only their 1st or 2nd time competing at an external event. The more experienced members of the team were able to give help and encouragement in what can be a daunting time in an unfamiliar environment.
It was a successful day for the swimmers who returned home with 9 medals between them.
George Hamer (8) continued his excellent competitive form this season and won 4 medals. He won a gold medal in 25m backstroke and 3 silver medals in butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle. He improved his times in all 4 events.
Connie Clinch (8) also had a great day and won 3 silver medals in 25m butterfly, freestyle and breaststroke. She narrowly missed out on another in backstroke coming in 4th place.
Darcey Woodman (10) won a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle event taking nearly 2 seconds off her PB.
Ella Garrow (9) also won a bronze medal in 50m freestyle. Another highlight for her must be taking an amazing 31.21 seconds off her PB for 50m butterfly.
Overall it was a very successful day for the young Nairn team. Many swimmers achieving PB's and more importantly, getting experience at competition level. The team showed positive attitudes and were very supportive and encouraging to each other.
Special mention and thanks to both Helen Guy and Jane Atkinson who volunteered their time to officiate all day at the meet.
Five Nairn District ASC swimmers qualified to compete at the North District Open event on the 4th and 5th November in Inverness.
As in all Open Meet’s the swimmers were competing with the very best athletes in the region, as well as a large number who had travelled from further afield.
Day one kicked off with impressive swims resulting in most participants achieving new PB’s. The biggest of which was Brooke Lawrie with a 4.58 sec PB in 800m Freestyle. Jacob Duncan finished off the day in style after qualifying for the 200m Breaststroke final with a 4.01 PB in the heats and was subsequently crowned the new North District Champion.
Day two followed a similar pattern with strong performances put in by all. Lucas Weir continued to swim well and earned new PB’s in all 3 events entered with times that should qualify him for Scottish Nationals next year.
Morven Scott performed well with impressive swims in all strokes at 50m and two at 100m.
The second day of swimming finished with Graeme Squires continuing his excellent form and was duly crowned the junior North District Champion for 200IM with a time 2:19.68s a 0.6 second PB.
Overall a very successful weekend had by all.
Bailey Urquhart travelled alone to this mini meet and was rewarded with four PB's in his four 50m events. Well done Bailey.
Five girls from Nairn District ASC, competed in the Alloa Graded meet in Stirling, on 21st and 22nd October. This turned out to be an eventful and memorable weekend of swimming with all five producing excellent results.
Anna Reid swam in four races and won two golds and one silver medal but also took away a trophy for ‘swimming too fast’ above her entry time. Anna’s biggest PB was in the 200m IM where she slashed 7.25 seconds from her previous time.
Rosie Smith-Macaulay also excelled. She swam a total of seven races across the 2 days of competition and gained PBS’s in all of them, including taking 15.49 secs from her 400 free and 14.85 secs from her 200 breast. Her improvements were rewarded with a gold medal in the 100 fly.
Melissa Murphy competed in 6 races, ranging from 50m-400m distances, showing her versatility.
She finished in the top five in her age group in all but one, and swam an excellent 200 breast stroke, gaining a PB in the process.
Scarlett Morland came away with a silver medal in the 100 freestyle and two bronze medals in the 50 back and 50 fly. Of the seven races swam, she gained PBS’s in five. Of all 71 girls competing in Stirling, she finished just outside the Top 10, placed 11th overall.
However, the biggest PB of the weekend was achieved by Fiona Mackintosh. She was told at the very last minute, that another swimmer had dropped out of the 400 free. As a reserve, Fiona was offered the place and stepped up to the blocks in a heat where the other swimmers had much faster entry times. Cheered on by her coach and teammates, Fiona touched the wall with an amazing 99 second personal best.
Six members of Nairn District ASC recently competed in The Garioch Meet, held in Inverurie on 14th and 15th October. The Meet also attracted Olympian, Hannah Miley, and the swimmers were delighted to have their picture taken with her.
It was a spectacular weekend for Anna Reid, who has been improving her times considerably since the start of the season. Of the six races swum, she gained personal bests in four of them. A highlight was taking 21 seconds off her entry time in the 200 fly.
Rosie Smith-Macaulay gained a hat trick of personal bests, and was particularly pleased with a huge personal best in the 200 fly of 13 seconds.
Eilidh Mackay and Scarlett Morland also had success at different ends of the distance spectrum! Eilidh braved the gruelling 400IM and was rewarded with a personal best, and Scarlett shaved time of the 50m freestyle
Fiona Mackintosh tackled the middle Distance races in Inverurie. Eight lengths of both a freestyle and fly 200m and both swum with increasing confidence -resulting in two more personal bests.
The only male member of the group, Christian Forgie, swam a good 200m breaststroke but demonstrated much improved technique in the 50 fly. This ensured all of the swimmers came away with at least one personal best over the weekend.
The first weekend in October saw four Nairn District ASC swimmers travelling to Fraserburgh to compete in the SASA North Distance Meet. For Brooke Lawrie and Graeme Squires, this was the fourth time attending this annual meet which is a firm favourite on the calendar. Both opted to swim all four distance events, a grand total of 3,100 metres over the course of the weekend.
Graeme Squires had, what can only be described, as a phenomenal weekend. Getting off to a storming start, he knocked an amazing 40 seconds from his previous time in the 1500m freestyle event and followed this up on the Sunday morning with a 23 second PB in the 800m freestyle. He achieved excellent personal bests in all four events. We are excited to see what else Graeme will produce as the season continues.
Brooke Lawrie is equally at home swimming long distance events and swam well with a good steady pace. The fly leg of her 400m IM was particularly strong.
Lucas Weir competed at this meet for the second time. He swam well, showing great promise and consistency in his strokes.
Jessica Schulz regularly trains with Nairn travelling all the way from Grantown. It was her first time competing at this meet for Nairn and she did exceptionally well.
A great and incredibly well organised Mini Meet took place on Saturday 30th September hosted by the Forres Bluefins Swimming Club in Forres. Twelve of Nairn District ASC’s novice swimmers in the age range of 8 - 10 (Darcey Woodman, Connie Clinch, Rachel Forbes, Ella Garrow, Emily Hamer, George Hamer, Eilidh Maclennan, Jessica Macpherson, Kathryn Naismith, Niamh Robertson, Eve Ross, Abigail Thomas) were ready and excited to be competing against several clubs including Inverness, Forres Bluefins, Elgin and Buckie ASC. This was going to be a tough event.
Connie Clinch (8 years) had an amazing meet, picking up 6 medals and achieving 4 PB’s. Connie won silvers in her 25m butterfly, 25m back stroke and 25m breast stroke and a bronze in the freestyle.
George Hamer (8 years) had an excellent meet also, picking up 5 medals and achieved 2 PB’s. George got silvers in the 25m freestyle, 25m butterfly and 25m backstroke.
Ella Garrow (9 years) performed well in her first meet 50m meet picking up 5 medals and achieving 3 PB’s; a silver in 50m breaststroke and bronzes in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle.
Abigail Thomas (8 years) gained a bronze in the 25m breast stroke and 3 PB’s.
Connie, Ella, George and Abigail all won a silver in the mixed 8-9 year old medley and a bronze in the mixed 8-9 year old freestyle relay.
The girls 10 year old swims were tough with 29 girls competing in each race.
Darcey (10 years) picked up a silver in the 50m freestyle with an excellent time of 37.56 and achieved 4 new PB’s.
Kathryn Naismith (10 years) had a wonderful meet knocking 2 seconds off her time in the 50m freestyle giving her a new PB.
Emily Hamer (10 years) picked up a bronze in the 50M breaststroke with 2 new PB’s.
All swimmers had a wonderful day at the event.
Gibson Shield - 29 September 2017
50 swimmers took part in our annual 25m sprint championships on Friday. They swam a total of 192 speedy swims, 95 of which set new PBs - well done all!
Congratulations also to our 15 new swimmers who took part in the event for the first time.
The Gibson Shield was won jointly by Jacob Duncan and Drew Johnston who each earned 7 bonus points.
Rosie Smith-Macaulay, Graeme Squires and Lucas Weir are the joint runners up with 6 bonus points a piece.
The Gibson Shield bonus points earned during the night are here.
Morven Scott was awarded the Record Breakers' Trophy for taking a massive 1.93s off the W16+ 25m Backstroke record with a time of 15.00s (last set in 2012 at 16.93s).
Morven also broke two further club records - the W16+ 25m Fly with a time of 14.25s (set 2010 at 15.44s) and the W16+ 25m Breaststroke (set 2010 at 17.63s), swimming it in 17.56s.
Jacob Duncan broke his own M16+ 25m Breaststroke record from 2016 with a new time of 14.43s (previously 15.00s).
Likewise, Drew Johnston broke his own Men's 16+ 25m Fly set in 2016, this year swimming the distance in 12.94s (previously 13.03s).
On Saturday 2nd of September, a small team of 5 swimmers from NDASC travelled to Aberdeen for the Bridge of Don September Splash. Due to it being one of the first meets of the season it was highly oversubscribed so unfortunately many swimmers didn't get their swims.The swimmers were all very supportive of each other and displayed a great team
attitude and encouraged one another.
The Team came home with 2 medals. A silver for Abi Smith in the 100 back and a bronze for Rosie Smith-Macaulay on the 100 fly. No fewer than 15 pb's were achieved by the swimmers, the biggest went to Christian who took 19.51 seconds of his 100 fly.
Thanks to Angela for being poolside with the team throughout the day.
Well, could we have asked for anything more from the start of the season? Five of our swimmers travelled down the A9 to compete in Bathgate.
Graeme Squires showed his determination and focus from session 1, taking 3 gold medals in the 50m back, 200m freestyle and 100m breast. His confidence continued to soar, as the
afternoon session produced further success ; bronze in the 50m breast, and 2 more gold medals in the 100 back and 100 IM.
Day 2 added to the medal haul, 3 golds in the 200m back, 100m fly and 200m IM, and 2 bronze medals in the 50 fly and 100m free. Of the 12 events Graeme entered, 9 races were PB’s, showing his progress across all strokes.
Lucas Weir, also came away with medals to add to his collection. A gold and silver in the 50m and 100m breast, gold in the 200m back, silver in the 200m IM and 4 further bronze medals in the 100m back, 100 IM, 50m and 100m freestyle.
Anna Reid was delighted to travel back home with 2 bronze medals in the 100IM and 50m fly. She improved her times in 7 events, including taking an impressive 3 seconds from her
Scarlett Morland also had a good meet, improving times in both breaststroke and fly events. She was particularly pleased with the final event, the 100m butterfly, where she
achieved a 4 second PB.
Rachel Urquhart competed in 5 events on one day, and achieved a clean sweep of PB’s in all of them. Most notably, a huge 13 second PB in the 200 IM.
Special thanks to Robin who was poolside throughout both days, providing lots of constructive advice and encouragement to our swimmers.
For a couple of us, this was the first time competing at Bathgate.
If anyone is considering it for the future, It's a friendly, well organised meet with good facilities (nice food available on site too!)
Six Nairn District ASC swimmers travelled as part of the Highland Swim Team to The Scottish Summer Meet held in Edinburgh from 7th – 9th July 2017. To be invited to events in this competition, swimmers had to post a top 20 time for their age group in Scotland over a 10 week period till end of May 2017. If the swimmers time was in the top 24 in Great Britain, they are invited to The British Summer Meet and were not invited for that event to The Scottish Summer Meet –something to aspire to next year! From the 6 NDASC swimmers who went down they managed to attain 10 places in various finals and came back with a grand total of four Silver National medals.
Morven Scott , qualified for many events and chose to swim six events . She made it in to the finals of 3 of these events and came away with silver medals in 50 back (PB) and 50 fly and came tantalisingly close to a medal in 100 fly, finishing 4th.
Jacob Duncan(18) qualified to swim all 3 breaststroke events and 200 IM. As has been so often the case this season, Jacob swam Pbs in all of his breaststroke events. He made the breaststroke finals and on the last day of the meet came away with a medal – silver in the 200 breast.
Brooke Lawrie(16) qualified for the 400 and 800 free and managed to PB in both events. On day one, she swam the 800 in a small but highly competitive field and had an excellent swim coming away with a new PB and a silver medal. On the second day, she made the final of the 400 free and a very gutsy swim earned her a 2 second PB. Brooke now moves on to Open Water competitions over July and August.
Graeme Squires(16) has had an excellent last few months of the season and seems to PB every time he races. This meet was no different with a PB in 1500 free and a 4 second PB in 200 back heats which he then improved on in the final.
It was the first time that younger swimmers Lucas Weir (14) and Jessica Schulz(13) had qualified for this meet. Lucas swam in 50 breast in a new PB and Jessica swam in 100 breast, made it in to the final and came 5th.
Scottish National Open , 29th June - 2 nd July Aberdeen
Five Nairn swimmers qualified for the Scottish National Open four day event in Aberdeen. This was a very well attended competition with a massive 73 clubs , who had travelled the length and breadth of Great Britain and Ireland to compete. This was one of the last major long course competitions before the summer break and attracted many Olympians and Para Olympians.
Brooke, Jacob and Morven participated in all four days joined by Adam for two days and Graeme for three days.
Brooke had a great start to the competition swimming her 400 IM with a fantastic 7.65 sec PB. Day 2 continued with much positivity and a 5.48 sec PB in her 800 free. Brooke's 1500 free swim placed her in 10 th place in a small field of female swimmers.
Morven had the heaviest programme focusing on all 50 and 100 events with a large number of girls in these fields , Morven had 8 solid swims.
Jacob had to dig deep in his category swimming with his idol Ross Murdoch in many of his events. Jacob continued with his recent form and swam 4 pbs out of 5 swims. Qualifying for his first B National Open Final holding onto his seeded place of 19 th in a large competitive field.
Graeme appeared strong and determined throughout his 3 days. Consistently improving all his long course times with a huge PB of 7.76 sec in his 400 IM in a time of 5:03:77. Well done Graeme.
Adam had a fantastic 2 days of racing with the biggest PB of the event in the final of the 100 free in a time of 1:19:57 with a 9:00 sec PB , before heading off for his holidays.
A group of 11 swimmers from NDASC recently took part in the North District Development Meet held at Inverness Leisure on the 24th and 25th June.
For some swimmers this was the first time competing at the longer distances so was a new experience for them. But as always they were well supported and mentored by the older, experienced swimmers.
Lucas Weir continued to perform well in competition and had 4 medal placings out of 5 events. Gold in 200 breast, silver in 200 back, silver in 400 free and silver in 400 im.
Brooke Lawrie won gold in 400 im taking 8 seconds off her pb. She also won silver in 200 fly.
Morven Scott swam solidly in her 2 events to take gold in 200 free and silver in 400 free.
The highlight of the weekend was from Graeme Squires. He took nearly 7 seconds off his pb to go under the 5 minute mark for 400 im, and his reward for this was a gold medal. His time, igniting the friendly rivalry between fellow swimmers on his achievement! Graeme also won a bronze medal in 400 free.
Overall the whole team swam well and came home with no fewer than 37 pb's between them, with some swimmers achieving a full set. The biggest pb of the weekend was from Bailey Urquhart with a 23.50 second pb in 400 im.
Well done everyone.
We had two members swimming at this great fun event in Aberdeen. Jacob Duncan in the 18 to 24 year old age group and Debbie Robertson, our swimmer/coach, who competes as Inverness in Masters comps. Both had some great swims and Jacob came away with a gold, 4 silvers and a bronze medal - BRILLIANT!!
An event to be proud of, this was NDASC's first licenced competition in our home pool and what a huge success. We had 11 SASA North clubs visiting Nairn from as far as Wick and the Western Isles and as close as Forres and Grantown. The event was oversubscribed with 151 swimmers entering and 130 swimmers able to take part on the day from ages 9 to 20. All age groups had 5 events with points awarded to swimmers on overall finishing position. The top five swimmers from each age group were then entered in a grand final for cash and trophy awards. And we swam really well with some great results, personal bests and podium places.
In the Male 15 & Over final 200 IM we had 3 finalists and took two podium positions - Jacob Duncan (18) gold, Graeme Squires (15) silver and Daniel Butler (16) 5th position.
In the Female 15 & Over final 200 IM we had 3 finalists and took two podium positions - Morven Scott (16) gold, Brooke Lawrie (16) bronze and Melissa Murray (15) 5th position.
In the Male 13-14 final 200 IM we had 1 finalist and one gold for Lucas Weir (14).
The meet was incredibly well organised thanks to 55 technical officials on the day, our announcer, coaches, Nairn Leisure Centre staff and an army of volunteers. Thanks to those that set up prior to the event, those running things on the day poolside, those organising sponsors, raffles, beverages, sweets (very popular with the swimmers) and much more. A special thanks must be made to Louise Harrison for co-ordinating us all, yet still having time to check rugby scores (somehow!).
The event was also brilliantly sponsored by local companies with great donations for our raffle helping us to raise even more funds and for refreshments for our officials. Huge thanks Nairn.
Throughout it all, we had a lot of fun and superb feedback from the clubs attending, parents, coaches and swimmers. Sounds like this may become an annual event. Already looking forward to next year.
A grand total of nine Nairn swimmers have competed at the North District Long course time trails in Aberdeen on the last weekend of May. For many, this was the last opportunity to gain qualifying times for the all important Summer meet which is highly competitive.
Jacob Duncan (18) continues to go from strength to strength, particularly in the breaststroke. On the eve of his 18th birthday, he swam an impressive time of 2.33.37 in the 200m breast. This was slightly outside of his personal best, but the fastest time of the meet. He further improved his times in the 200IM, 50 breast, 50 fly and 100 fly.
Another swimmer who excelled himself was Graeme Squires (16). On the second day, Graeme swam a 1500m freestyle and took an enormous 24.64 seconds off his previous time and finishing 2nd fastest overall. It's worth noting that he achieved personal bests in 7 of the 9 events he competed in.
Brooke Lawrie (16) concentrated her efforts on the freestyle, competing in the 400m and 800m distances and was first overall in the longer distance.
Morven Scott (16) took on 8 events, finishing in the top 10 in 5 of them. Melissa Murray (16) swam a 200m back stroke for the first time in a long course pool.
Slightly younger competitors also gained great experience. Anna Reid (14) achieved 2 personal bests, including taking more than 5 seconds off her 200m IM
Scarlett Morland (14) took time off her 50m free and 50m backstroke events.
Lucas Weir (14) competed in 5 events over the weekend, including 2 that he had previously not tackled in a 50metre pool.
Rosie Smith-Macaulay (14) took on the 100fly for the first time in a longer pool and achieved a great time.
Elgin Mini Meet - Saturday 20th May 2017
Twelve swimmers braved a very wet Buckie on Saturday 20th May to take part in the Elgin Mini Meet. It was great to see so many of our younger swimmers enthusiastic and excited to be taking part in a competition. For two of our swimmers George Hamer and Eilidh Maclennan this was their very first Meet.
And there were some great results for NDASC:
George Hamer (8) was our gold medallist for his 25 Back. Ella Garrow (8) had an excellent event with two silver medals for 25 Back and 25 Free and two bronze medals for 25 Fly and 25 Breast. Eilidh Maclennan (8) took a bronze medal for 25 Back as did Bailey Urquhart (11) in the 50 Breast.
All of our swimmers gained a PB in at least one of their races with Connie Clinch (8) taking 6.22s off her previous time for 25 Fly and Eve Ross (10) taking a massive 12.38s of her previous time for 50 Fly.
Connie Clinch (8) gained PBs in 25 Fly, 25 Breast, 25 Free
Annabelle Clokie (11) gained PB in 50 Free.
Lily Craig-Gould (11) gained PBs in 50 Free, 50 Fly
Ruby Dingwall (9) gained PBs in 50 Breast, 50 Free
Ella Garrow (8) gained PBs in all four races 25 Fly, 25 Back, 25 Breast, 25 Free.
Emily Hamer (10) gained PB in 50 Breast
George Hamer (8) gained PBs in all his races 25 Back, 25 Free
Eilidh Maclennan (8) gained PBs in 25 Back, 25 Breast, 25 Free
Jessica MacPherson (10) gained PBs in all her races 50 Breast, 50 Free, 50 Fly, 50 Back
Eve Ross (10) gained PBs in all her races 50 Breast, 50 Free, 50 Fly, 50 Back
Bailey Urquhart (11) gained PBs in 50 Free, 50 Fly
Darcey Woodman (10) gained PB in 50 Fly.
Special thanks to our coaches - Melissa & Steve. This was Melissa's first mini meet coaching and she did an absolutely fab job.
Well done to all.
Inverness Graded Meet - Saturday 29th April 2017
Sixteen swimmers ages 10 - 14 took part in the Inverness Graded Meet on Saturday 29th April. This was a superb event and NDASC came second overall just behind our hosts Inverness Swimming Club.
There was a superb list of medals across all ages:
Abi Smith (13) - 1st in 100 IM, 100 Back and 100 Fly, 2nd in 100 Free and 3rd in 100 breast.
Rosie Smith-Macaulay (13) - 1st in 100 Free, 3rd in 100 IM and 100 Back
Bailey Urquhart (11) - 1st in 100 Fly, 2nd in 100 breast, 3rd in 100 Back.
Darcey Woodman (10) - 3rd in 50 Breast
Our relay teams also swam well with a bronze medal in 200 SC meter freestyle 11/12 boys (Bailey Urquhart, William Urquhart, Freddie McBoyle, Oliver McBoyle) and a silver in 200 SC meter freestyle 13/14 girls (Abi Smith, Rachel Urquhart, Rosie Smith-Macaulay, Fiona Mackintosh).
And of course many PBs - Annabelle Clokie in 100 Back. Lily Craig Gould in 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, Christian Forgie in 100 Breast, 100 IM, 100 Back, Sophie Gillespie in 100 Breast, 100 Back, 100 Fly, Emily Hamer in 50 Back, 50 Fly, 50 Free, 50 Breast, Fiona Mackintosh in 100 Breast, 100 IM, 100 Fly, 100 Free, Freddie McBoyle in 100 Back and 100 Free, Kathryn Naismith in 50 Free, Abi Smith in 100 Breast, 100 IM, 100 Back, 100 Fly, 100 Free, Rosie Smith-Macaulay in 100 Breast, 100 IM, 100 Back, 100 Fly, Bailey Urquhart in 100 Back, 100 Free, 100 IM, 100 Fly, Fraser Urquhart in 50 Back and 50 Free, Rachel Urquhart in 100 Breast and 100 Fly, William Urquhart in 100 Back , 100 Free and 100 Breast and Darcey Woodman in 50 Breast.
Special thanks to our coaches - Debbie & Mandy - for keeping our swimmers energised and providing great tips throughout the day and to Angela for a long day poolside.
Well done to all.
Four swimmers from Nairn have competed in the University of Aberdeen Long Course Open. This took place on 29th-30th April.
This meet attracted the very best swimmers from the length and breadth of Scotland, including Olympian, Hannah Miley.
Competing at this top level, Jacob Duncan (17) chose to swim 5 of the many events that he qualified for. He came away with a bronze medal in the 100m breast and only just missed another bronze in the 200m.
Our other three swimmers gained invaluable experience, competing in a 50m pool. Scarlett Morland did well to qualify for 4 events and both Lucas Weir (14) and Anna Reid (14) shaved time off their personal bests, competing against exceptional competition in the 14-15 years category.
Nairn Swimming Club ventured in to Masters Swimming for the first time at The Scottish National Short Course Masters Open Competition held in Inverness on 21st and 22nd April. The weekend was a great success and was another major milestone in the development of the local swimming club.
Jacob Duncan, Adam Scott and Drew Johnston competed in a number of individual events and came away with lots of PBs and medals in their age categories. Their venture in to a masters competition for the first time was such a success that they will now be entering The British Masters due to be held in Aberdeen in June. Nairn swimmer,Debbie Roberston, an experienced master competitor was also swimming at the event under the banner of Inverness Swimming Club as previously there had been no masters team entered from Nairn.
Two female swimmers, Laura Harrison and Katie McKenzie, joined the men on the Friday night to enter a Nairn mixed relay team. The whole team swam superbly and came away with the gold medal in the medley relay.
Seven dedicated swimmers from Nairn, sacrificed a traditional Easter weekend of egg rolling and chocolate, in favour of competing at Buckie.
Scarlett Morland (13) was delighted to return home with three medals. Silver in the 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke and a bronze in the 200m backstroke.
Lucas Weir (14), faced stiff competition, competing in the 14-15 category, but also brought back two bronze medals to add to his collection. These were in the 100m breast and 200m freestyle.
Our youngest swimmers, Anna McGregor (10), Darcey Woodman (10) and Bailey Urquart (11), excelled themselves. Anna, taking over 16 seconds off her 400m freestyle and Bailey an outstanding 29 seconds from his previous time in the 200 IM. Darcey swam a pb in all her races including 16 seconds off her 100 back.
Melissa Murray (15) and Euan Grant (12) both came away with 2 personal bests.
All in all, a successful weekend of swimming, and all (including parents!) deserved their chocolate eggs on Easter Monday!
Seven members of Nairn Swimming Club qualified to compete at the recent Scottish National Age Group Championships (SNAGs) in Aberdeen. This is the top event for age group swimming in Scotland with a highly competitive field of Scottish swimmers based around Scotland, the UK and abroad.
For Laura Harrison, it was her final competition before retiring from performance training and competing to focus on her studies and next step towards her dream future career. She started the competition well with a bronze in 50 breast, narrowly missing out in a silver by 2 hundreths of a second. As the competition progressed, Laura made the finals of all her events but withdrew from two of the finals, 200 IM and 100 fly, to focus on her 100 breast on day five of the competition. Over the years, Laura has picked up a number of national medals and it was fitting that in her final race she won a silver in 100 breast as her first medal nationally at age 12 was also a silver for 100 breast. A pleasing and emotional way to hang up her goggles!
Brooke Lawrie swam in the gruelling 1500m race and won a bronze medal in a small but highly competitive field of swimmers. She also made the final of the 400m freestyle .
Morven Scott qualified for lots of events but primarily focused on the 50m and 100m events. She did make the 200 IM final on day 4 after a good heat swim but withdrew to focus on her key event of the day, 100 fly. She had swum a good PB in the heats and went in to the final lying 4th. However, despite swimming even faster in the final, she was pushed in to 6th place in a highly competitive final. On day 5, Morven also qualified for the 100 breast final.
Jess Schulz, who combines her training between Grantown and Nairn, swam in the breaststroke events. She took 5 seconds off her 200 breast time and also took 4 seconds off her 100 breast time. She made her first ever SNAGs final in the 100 breast and improved her time further in the 11 to 13 year old final.
Three Nairn boys were swimming . Jacob Duncan qualified for all three breaststroke events and reached his first ever SNAGS final in the 200m distance. It was 14 year old Lucas Weir’s first time of qualifying for SNAGs. He came away with two PBs from his four races and swam with great confidence . Graeme Squires qualified for 400 IM and had a strong swim with a 7 second PB.