LISTED BELOW ARE SOME RECENT RESULTS
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Bridge of Don September Splash - 8 Sep 2018
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Darcey (10 years) picked up a silver in the 50m freestyle with an excellent time of 37.56 and achieved 4 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!
The Gibson Shield was won jointly by Jacob Duncan and Drew Johnston who each earned 7 bonus points.
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).
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Inverness Graded Meet - Saturday 29th April 2017
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.
Fast 50s Nairn 24th March 2017
Once again the Fast 50s demonstrated a great atmosphere and some fantastic competitive swimming. 52 swimmers swam a total of 207 swims with 97 Personal Bests.
The overall Fast 50s champion was Morven Scott and the winner of the Record Breakers Trophy was Jacob Duncan who broke the 50M Breast record by 4.03 seconds in a time of 31.69seconds.
Unfortunately there was a computer error which affected the Records on the night. The position is that 13 records were broken on the night. Huge apologies to all those who were presented record breaking certificates in error and a huge apology as the Record Breakers Trophy was awarded to the wrong swimmer.
An accurate Records List is attached here and has also been published on the Records Page.
A superbly supported local meet took place on 11th and 12th of march in Forres. 21 Nairn swimmers competed in a very well organised local competition run by the Forres Blue fins.
It was a fantastic weekend of swimming with PBs across the board. A special mention has to go to Connie Clinch, Ella Garrow, Kirsten Main, Abigail Thomas and Kito Thornhill who were all competing in their first external meet.
There was a great team spirit and all swimmers competed to a very high standard. Graeme Squires took silver in the 100m fly (with a 0.95 second pb). Bailey Urquhart took bronze in the 100m IM (with a fantastic 6.8 second pb). Lucas Weir took three medals. He had gold in the 100m breast (with a 4.56 second pb), and bronze in the 100m IM (with an incredible 13.43 second pb) and 100m back (with a 0.54 second pb).
The best PB of the day came from Jessica MacPherson who took 23.28 seconds off her 100m IM.
Big thanks need to go to Angela and Robin who covered every session of the weekend in incredible heat! Also thanks to all other parents and coaches that helped and supported our swimmers.
Massive well done to all who took part.
Eight swimmers from Nairn travelled to Aberdeen to compete in Round 2 of the North District Age Groups Champs on 4th and 5th March.
Jacob Duncan (18) Brooke Lawrie (16) and Graeme Squires (15) kicked off the morning session in style with each swimmer achieving new long course pb’s. Special mention should go to Graeme Squires who smashed his 1500 Free time taking a massive 52.98 seconds off his qualifying time!! Jacob and Brooke earned silver medals, in the 1500m Free and 200m Fly finals respectively . However, the highlight of the weekend for Jacob was his step up to make finals in a quality breast stroke field and swim against one of the best breaststroke sprinters in the country at the moment.
The afternoon session saw Lucas Weir, Bethan Grant, Anna Reid, Abi Smith (all 14) and Euan Grant (13) compete in a number of races. Noticeable pb’s from Anna in the 200m Free taking a whopping 18.73 secs off her qualifying time and Abi Smith slashing 17.70 secs off in a gruelling 400m IM.
All swimmers competed at an incredibly high standard throughout the weekend and can be proud of their achievements at the 50-metre pool.
Cults Otters Novice Gala - Sunday 26th February, Cults Aberdeen
Seven Nairn swimmers made their way to Buckie last weekend, to compete in the Elgin Gala.
Seven swimmers from Nairn battled it out at the first stage of the North District Age Groups on Saturday 4th February. This was a two day meet which resulted in lots of long course pb’s.Two of the team were very new to long course competitions but nevertheless gave outstanding results.
Jacob,Brooke and Graeme all swam in the first sessions of the day. Jacob had a fantastic 400IM,the second 100 of which pulled him into 3rd Place and a bronze medal. His best stroke is breaststroke,so not suprising that he came away with another medal, silver this time in the 200m.
Brooke did exceptionally well in her 200 free. She showed off her strength and stamina in the 1500 free taking overall second place and earning herself a silver medal.
Graeme Pb’d in all but one of his races. He showed his stamina in the 800m free and did a beautiful smooth swim, keeping his pace really well.
In the afternoons, Anna Reid and Bethan Grant showed us what they had and produced some great swims with fantastic results.
Lucas Weir and Jessica Schulz also showed their worth,both getting into the finals for 50 Breast and both producing PB’s.They also both got into the 100m finals. Two swimmers who are definitely ones to watch in the breast stroke.
Well done to all our swimmers who took part in the Highland Swim Team Time Trials at Inverness Aquadome on 21st & 22nd January. We had a huge team of 24 swimmers representing the club. Between them they completed 131 swims over the 2 days, 99 of which were PBs.
All of our swimmers achieved at least 1 PB over the course of the weekend and some even managed to PB in every one of their swims: Jacob Duncan, William Hodi, Anna McGregor, Anna Reid, Eve Ross, Abi Smith, Rosie Smith-Macaulay, Bailey Urquhart and Lucas Weir.
Lucas Weir also swam his first ever consideration times for the Scottish National Age Groups Comp in March in the 100 and 200 back and 100 breast. Well done Lucas!
The biggest PB of the weekend came from Abi Smith who swam the grueling 1500m free in 22:00.04 taking 95.27s off her previous time.
A big well done to Jessica Macpherson, Eve Ross and Christian Forgie who represented Nairn in external competition for the first time and thanks to all swimmers, coaches and volunteer helpers for tremendous team spirit during the weekend.
Annual Prizegiving 2016
Club Championship winners:
Boy Champion, 200 & 400 IM Trophy: Jacob Duncan
Girl Champion, 200 & 400 IM Trophy: Morven Scott
Boy 100 IM Trophy: Bailey Urquhart
Girls 100 IM Trophy: Anna McGregor
8 & under Girls: 1st Ella Garrow, 2nd Connie Clinch, 3rd Harriet McBoyle
8 & under Boys: 1st Kito Thornhill
9/10 Boys: 1st Bailey Urquhart, 2nd = Oliver McBoyle, Ross Humphreys, Fraser Urquhart
9/10 Girls: 1st Darcey Woodman, 2nd Lily Craig Gould, 3rd Anna McGregor
11/12 Boys: 1st Euan Grant, 2nd Freddie McBoyle
11/12 Girls: 1st Sharleen Kennedy, 2nd Kirstie Suggett, 3rd Fiona Mackintosh
13/14 Boys: 1st Lucas Weir, 2nd William Hodi, 3rd Christian Forgie
13/14 Girls: 1st Bethan Grant, 2nd Eilidh Mackay, 3rd Abi Smith
15/16 Boys: 1st Graeme Squires, 2nd Daniel Butler
15/16 Girls: 1st Morven Scott, 2nd Brooke Lawrie, 3rd Melissa Murray
17 & over Boys: 1st Jacob Duncan, 2nd Drew Johnston, 3rd Adam Scott
17 & over Girls: 1st Katie McKenzie
Other Awards :
Bronze squad: Connie Clinch & Abigail Thomas
Silver squad: Eve Ross
Gold squad: Lucas Weir
Gold Elite squad: Graeme Squires
Volunteer of The Year: Daniel Butler
Most Improved Junior Boy: Fraser Urquhart
Most Improved Junior Girl: Jessica Macpherson
Most Improved Senior Boy: Jacob Duncan
Most Improved Senior Girl: Abi Smith
Boys Endeavour: Adam Scott
Girls Endeavour: Kirsty Suggett
Commitment: Fiona Mackintosh
Pride of the Club: Fiona Mackintosh, Lily Craig Gould, Rosie Smith Macaulay, Abi Smith, Eilidh Mackay, Madeline Duncan, Lucas Weir, Bethan Grant, Euan Grant, Bailey Urquhart, Darcey Woodman, Jess Schultz, Jacob Duncan, Adam Scott, Brooke Lawrie, Morven Scott, Graeme Squires
Five Nairn swimmers qualified for events at The Scottish National Short Course Open held at The Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh last weekend. This event is always of the highest quality and it led up to expectation with multiple Scottish Records being broken and Olympic medalist Duncan Scott being in sparkling form. The competition included clubs from throughout the UK, Ireland, Denmark and Belgium.
Jacob Duncan had an excellent completion managing a clean sweep of PBs, including taking more than two seconds off his 100 breast and breaking the 5 minute milestone in his 400 IM.
Morven Scott swam Pbs in her 50 back, 100 IM and 200 breast and Brooke Lawrie took two seconds off her 800 free. It was Graeme Squire’s first time qualifying for this event . He qualified for the 400 IM and learnt a lot from competing with the best in the country.
Laura Harrison, representing Ellesmere College Titans, swam significant PBs in 100 and 200 breast, and 100 fly. She made the finals in all three breaststroke events, a great achievement and experience swimming in the very fast evening finals.
5 NDASC swimmers recently qualified to take part in a hugely competitive North District Age Group Meet at Inverness Aquadome on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November.
All swimmers competed at an incredibly high standard with all achieving at least one new pb! Notable achievements from Lucas Weir who was competing for the first time at this event and notched up a very impressive 8 pb’s in all his events with the best being an 18.61 pb in 200m Breaststroke. Abi Smith achieved 4 pb’s, the best being 11.21 pb in 400 IM and Jessica Schulz (Grantown Swimming Club) who regularly trains with Nairn also had a remarkable weekend, picking up 6 new pb’s a 3 Silver Medals in 50, 100 and 200 m Breaststroke.
The swimmers, Bethan Grant, Euan Grant, Abi Smith, Rosie Smith-MacAulay, Lucas Weir and Jessica Schulz achieved 21 pb’s between them over the weekend. Fantastic results all round!!
NDASC Club Championships 2016
Nairn Leisure Centre hosted 2 nights of exciting swimming, with 48 swimmers competing many for the 1st time in competition.
Over the 2 nights a total of 12 records were broken with some very competitive swimming between Drew Johnston and Jacob Duncan in the boys 17 and over Events.
Morven Scott broke the 100 Free, 100 Fly and 100 Back in the Girls 15 – 16 Age Group.
Ella Garrow broke the girls 25M Butterfly Record of 2012.
Graeme Squires broke the Boys 15 -16 400IM Record.
A huge well done to the swimmers.
Boys 200IM 17 and Over
Jacob Duncan broke William Footit’s record of 2013 with a time of 2:25.29
Girls 100 Back 15 – 16
Morven Scott broke Heather Winfield’s record of 2011 with a time of 1:09.28
Girls 100 Free 15 – 16
Morven Scott broke Laura Harrison’s record of 2014 with a time of 1:01.72
Girls 25 Butterfly 8 and under
Ella Garrow broke Breagha Mackintosh’s record of 2012 with a time of 30.12seconds
Girls 100 Butterfly 15 – 16
Morven Scott broke Laura Harrison’s record of 2014 with a time of 1:06.94
Boys 100 Butterfly 17 and over
Jacob Duncan broke David Behrendt’s record of 2011 in a time of 1:06.85 which was then broken by Drew Johnston in a time of 1:04.75
Boys 100 Breast 17 and over
Drew Johnston broke Robbie Pateron’s record of 2007 in a time of 1:16.25 which was then broken by Jacob Duncan in a time of 1:11.78
Boys 400 IM 15 – 16
Graeme Squires broke Jacob Duncan’s record in a time of 5:07.06
Boys 400 IM 17 and over
Drew Johnston broke his own record in a time of 5:37.41 which was then broken by Jacob Duncan in a time of 5:00.59
Six swimmers from NDASC travelled through to the Buckie Mini Meet on 12th November 2016. The six were Kathryn Naismith, Ruby Dingwall and Darcey Woodman (all girls 9 year olds), Bailey Urquhart (boys 9 year olds), Lily Craig-Gould (girls 10 year olds), and Euan Grant (boys 11 year olds). They had a mixture of experience, from those who were new to the mini meets, to seasoned swimmers who were competing in their last mini meet.
The biggest PB of the day was 13 secs for Ruby in her 50 breast. Lily and Darcey both swam 4 secs PBs in their fly.There were many good swims throughout the day ending up with 9 PBS for the the club.
At the end of the day six tired swimmers returned home, all having achieved success with their swims, some in the first mini meet, whereas for others sadly it was their last as they would be turning 12 soon (the age limit for mini meets). As always Buckie provided their excellent pancakes and butteries!.
Nairn swimmers were competing for Highland Swim Team in Inverness at The North District Open
The boys came away with a clean sweep of PBs. The 1500m freestyle swims resulted in Jacob Duncan swimming a 20 second PB and Graeme Squires closely following in a 14 second PB. Jacob then Pbd all his breaststroke events and his 400 IM. Graeme had an outstanding swim in the 400 IM with a 13 second PB, which has given him his first ever qualifying time for The Scottish National Short Course Championships in Edinburg next month. Morven Scott continued to compete to a high level mainly in the 50m and 100m events and was close to getting in to the 16 & under finals for 100 fly and 200 IM.
Brooke Lawrie travelled to Inverurie for the annual Garioch 200 Meet. This year medals were presented by one of Scotland's top swimmers, Hannah Miley, who competed in the Rio Olympics and is a member of Garioch ASC. This was a very different event to Brooke’s last competition, the North District Distance Meet, where she competed in much longer distances and came away with a bronze medal in the 1500m freestyle. At Garioch, all races were 50 or 200 metres.
Brooke had a very busy weekend, racing in all nine events. She came away with four medals, silver in 200m free, bronze in 50m & 200m fly and 50m back. She also got three pb's in her 50m & 200m free and 200m breast.
Three members of NDASC recently took part in the Forres Mini Meet. Due to renovations currently taking place at Forres Pool, the Meet was held in Buckie.
Five swimmers made the trip for the two day North District Distance Meet in Fraserburgh. First up on the Saturday morning was Graeme Squires who swam a 9.12 sec pb in the 1500 freestyle and then Brooke Lawrie took off nearly 3 sec in her 400 freestyle and a 2.41pb in her 800 freestyle. In the afternoon, Abi Smith had a superb 25.01 sec pb in her 800 freestyle.
Sunday saw even more pb's as Abi did a 4.69 sec pb in her 400 IM and Graeme did a small pb in his 400 free and a 9.25 sec pb in his 800 freestyle.
Lucas Weir competed for the first time at this event in the 400 freestyle on the Sunday afternoon and swam a fantastic 17.54 sec pb .
Haddington 100s Meet - 18 Sep 2016
Brooke L swam all her 100s and 400s at The Haddington Meet. She came away with a couple of PBs and silver medals in the 400 free and 400 IM. (Results link to follow)
Nine year old Anna McG enjoyed a visit back to her old club competing in all the 50s and 100 IM. She swam a good PB in her 50 breast and narrowly missed out in a medal in 50 free coming 4th in a field of 37 swimmers.. Well done Anna!!
Over the summer, the off season for competitive indoor swimming, Brooke competed in the Scottish Grand Prix Open Water Series. As a result of her performances at Loch Morlich (2nd in 3km), Loch Venechar (3rd in 2km), and Lochore Meadows, Fife (1st in 1km), Brooke was awarded 3rd place overall in The Scottish Grand Prix Junior Series.
Report to follow
Gibson Shield Results 9th Sept 2016 - Nairn
Last night saw a very exciting night with 45 swimmers competing in 183 swims, in the Club’s annual fast sprint competition and a huge well done to many of our swimmers competing for the first time. The results for each Heat are attached here. 73 PBs were achieved out of the 183 swims with Bailey Urquart (9) swimming taking 11.35 seconds off his 25M Fly with a time of 19.00secs.
The overall scores for the Age Group Winners can be found by clicking here.
The Gibson Shield is awarded to the swimmer or swimmers who accumulate the most points across all 4 swims. The times were adjusted in October 2015 to achieve these points and last night saw 3 swimmers, Jacob Duncan, Drew Johnston and Morven Scott accumulating 7 bonus points each to share the Gibson Shield.
4 Club Records were broken last night.
Drew Johnston broke his own record from 2015 (13.41secs) in the 25 M Fly with a new time of 13.03secs. He then went on to break Jacob Duncan’s 2015 Record (15.40secs) in the 25M Breast with a new time of 15.25 secs, which was then broken by Jacob Duncan swimming a time of 15.25secs. Finally Drew Johsnton broke his 2015 record in the 25 Free swimming a time of 12.12 secs.
This meant that the Record Breaking Trophy for the Gibson Shield was awarded to Jacob Duncan who broke the 25M Breast Record by 0.40 secs.
Six members of NDASC travelled to Bathgate to compete in The Dunedin Challenge Meet, the first competition of the new season. This club meet is always a popular meet with Highland swimmers.
Both boys, Jacob Duncan (15 & over) and Graeme Squires (13/14 age group) were frequent visitors to the medal podium. Jacob dominated the breaststroke events, winning gold for all three distances and also winning gold in the 200 IM. He also won silver in 200 free. Graeme won gold in 200 fly, silvers in 100 breast, 100 & 200 IM, 200 back and 100 fly. He also won bronze medals in 50 and 100 back, 200 free and 200 breast.
For Anna McGregor, aged 9, it was her first time competing in a two day meet. This can be exhausting but she rose to the occasion swimming all strokes at 50 and 100 metres.
12 year old Abi Smith swam some very strong PBs in the 200m events, including a 9 second PB in the 200 fly and a 7 second Pb in the 200 breast.. Huge PBs for the start of the season!
Both Madaline Duncan and Melissa Murray were competing in the 15 & over events but were also very supportive of the younger swimmers. Melissa swam 7 out of 10 events as Pbs and won a bronze medal in 200 back.
Four Nairn swimmers competed at The Aberdeen Aquatics Centre from 15th to 17th July at The Scottish Summer Meet. 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 2016. 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. Laura Harrison is in the GB top 24 for 50m and 100m breaststroke so moves on to Sheffield after The Scottish Summer Meet to compete in The British for these events.
All the Nairn swimmers made the evening finals for their events after strong morning heat swims. In the 15 year old events, Brooke Lawrie swam her 400 and 800 free events with confidence with her best position being 5th in the 800 free.
Morven Scott, also competing in the 15 year olds, had a frustrating first couple of days of the meet when she was narrowly beaten to a medal in the 50 free by 10 hundreths of a second and featured highly in a number of finals. On day three, Morven swam superbly in the 50 fly and 200 breast finals with PBs in both events and at last came away with a well deserved bronze medal in the 50 fly.
Jacob Duncan (17) was competing in the 17/18 year old age group for all his breaststroke events. His highest ranked final was 5th in the 200m event and he returned to his best form in a highly competitive final where he held his own against some of the top 18 year old breaststrokers.
Laura Harrison, soon to turn 17 , was competing for Ellesmere College Titans in the 17/18 year old age group . On day one, she was involved in a highly competitive 200 IM final which spurred her on to a 1.5 second PB and a silver medal. On day two, she took a further second off her 100 fly. Day 3 was Laura’s most satisfying day. In the morning heats of 200 breaststroke, she took it easy to conserve her energy for the evening final. The tactic paid off with a cracking swim in the 200 breaststroke final winning gold in a new pb, 5 seconds clear of the rest of the field.
Five NDASC swimmers attended the prestigious 4 day Scottish Swimming National Open Championships which was held in Glasgow. This meet was attended by many British and European Teams as it was the final weekend for swimmers to gain Rio Olympic Qualifying times.
The Nairn swimmers were all a part of the Highland Swim Team and they were using this meet as a final long course competition before the Scottish Summer Meet to be held in Aberdeen mid-July.
Matthew Paterson, who is in the multi-classification events, entered into five swims, making four finals and winning a well-deserved silver medal in his 100m breaststroke after gaining a massive 15 second PB. He also had another two PB’s in his 100m back and 50m free.
For Graeme Squires, this was his first time qualifying for entry into a Scottish National Open Championships and he performed well gaining a long course PB in his 400m IM. Jacob Duncan concentrated mainly on his breaststroke swims and continued his good form gaining two long course PB’s in four of his swims. Morven Scott attended the first two days of the meet and had four strong swims.
Brooke Lawrie again favoured the longer distance swims. She had five strong swims and made the fastest heat of the 1500m on the final day of competition. This was held during the evening finals session and was made more special by the winner Camilla Hattersley breaking the Scottish National record by over 9 seconds, a fantastic race to be a part of.
An amazing experience for all the NDASC swimmers who all experienced the buzz of an international competition and witnessed both Scottish and British records being broken. Being in the warm up pool with some of the future Rio-Olympic Stars, like Ross Murdoch, Siobhan O’Connor, Hannah Miley and Stephen Milne to name just a few.
Eight Nairn swimmers were selected to take part in a hugely competitive North District Development Meet at Inverness Aquadome on Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th June.
It turned out to be a weekend full of lots of impressive pb's with the swimmers collecting an incredible 30 between them!
Along with the PB tally Bethan Grant came away with well-earned Silver Medals in the 200m & 400m Free and bronze in 200 IM – fantastic result!!
It is also worth noting that Lucas Weir, who was making his Development Meet debut, took an incredible 17.49 seconds off his Backstroke time that he set only last month!
Other noticeable PB's came from Anna Reid who knocked a massive 10.25 secs off her 400 Free time.
Special mention must also go to Graeme Squires who was competing in all 7 events over the weekend and achieved new pb’s in six of the events.
All competitors did themselves and the club proud!
Grantown vs Nairn Friendly - Nairn Leisure Centre - 17th June 2016
A very competitive night of swimming by both clubs saw Nairn District Amateur Swim Club retaining the trophy. It was hard fought with only 8 points separating the 2 clubs after 12 events. Special mention to our younger swimmer many pf whom were competing for the very first time.
Event results including individual tmes can be viewed here.
Overall Team Score can be viewed here.
Nine members of Nairn swim club made the journey to the Aberdeen sports village on Sunday 12th June.
Six members of the Nairn team Brooke C, Lily, Euan, Anna, Bailey and Darcey travelled through to Buckie for the Elgin mini meet.
Fantastic meet for our swimmers with distances ranging from 25m-50m. All 6 of our swimmers competed in their 50m swims with every swimmer achieving at least one PB in their swims and Brooke and Euan having PB’s on all their strokes.
Lily took 8 seconds off her 50m breast stoke and Darcey 5 seconds off her 50m Breast.
Euan received a Bronze medal for his 50m Back and Bailey a Bronze medal for his 50m Fly.
Happy faces and a big well done to them all.
Eight swimmers made the trip to Aberdeen Sports Village for the North District LC junior time trials and for some swimmers the last opportunity to post times for the upcoming Summer Meet in July.
This was the first experience for some competitive action for both Rosie Smith-Macaulay and Abi Smith in the 50 metre long course pool.
Daniel Butler competed in four events on the Saturday and got a 6 sec pb on his 100m backstroke and a 4 sec pb on his 100 freestyle. Madeline Duncan was busy with 5 events and a pb in her 100 freestyle. Bethan Grant was also busy with five events with pbs in 200 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke and 200 IM. Anna Reid kept up her recent good form with pbs in her 50 backstroke and 100 freestyle, a whopping 8 secs off her 100 butterfly and 5 secs off her 200IM. Morven Scott had her usual busy weekend with six events and a 4.5 secs pb on her 200 breaststroke. Abi Smith had three events posting good times in her 200 backstroke, 400 IM and 200 breaststroke. Graeme Squires was in the pool the most over the 2 days with pbs in his 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle and 50 butterfly.
Well done to all swimmers who competed over the weekend and did the club proud.
Brooke Lawrie and Jacob Duncan travelled to Edinburgh to compete in the East District Open & Grand Prix at The Royal Commonwealth Pool in the final weekend of May. This was the last chance in the qualifying window to post times to be invited to the big end of season summer meets.
Jacob celebrated his birthday on the Saturday by swimming some very strong races and made it to his first Open B final out of the north. In the B final, he moved up the rankings coming 7th. Over the weekend, he swam 4 out of 6 events as PBs.
Brooke swam some strong middle/long distance events covering 2000m in 5 events. She came away with a PB in her 400 IM.
13 year Nair District ASC swimmer, Rachel Urquhart, recently travelled down to Dunfermline to compete at The INCAS Distance Meet. She continued her recent form of huge PBs with a 29 sec PB in 200 IM and a 12 sec PB in 200 breast.
Four NDASC swimmers entered into the COAST Long Course Age Group Meet over the May bank holiday weekend.
Two 12 year old swimmers travelled to Fraserburgh pool on 24th April to compete in the Alford Otters 200 meet.
Eilidh Mackay swam the 200IM, gaining a pb of 17.50 secs and the 200 Breast where she managed a 15.51sec pb. Rosie Smith-Macaulay also gained a 12.84 sec pb in her 200 back, An 8.02 sec pb in her 200 breast and a 13.93 sec pb in her 200 free. Both girls pushed themselves to swim competitively achieving massive pb’s in all of their races. They had a great day and both were delighted with their results as they now have consideration times for The North District Development Meet in Inverness in June.
Inverness Graded Meet - 23rd April 2016
A team of fourteen swimmers attended the Inverness Graded meet on 23rd April. There was a fabulous team spirit, lots of cheering each other on and encouraging Kirstie and Fiona who competed in their first external meet.
The biggest PB of the day went to Bailey Urquhart (10) who took an amazing 17.63's off his 50m backstroke. Other huge PBs were by Hamish Muras (11) taking 15.25's off 100m Breastroke and 12.11's off 100m free, Sophie Gillespie (12) taking 10.88's off 100m IM and Melissa Murray (14) taking 10.42's off 100m Fly. Many other swimmers came away with PB's too.
Three swimmers came away with medals William Hodi (12) Silver for 11-12 100m Breaststroke, Anna MacGregor (9) Silver for 10 and under 50m fly and Lucas Weir (13) Bronze for 13-14 100m IM.
Report to follow
Five Nairn swimmers represented Highland Swim Team at The Scottish National Age Groups at Tollcross International Swim Centre in Glasgow over 5 days at the end of March. For so many age group swimmers, this is a great achievement to qualify for this event and race against the best in Scotland and visiting teams from England. The event was also used by many of the Scottish Olympic trialists who were swimming in the 17 & over age group as a final practice before trials at the same venue mid April.
Brooke Lawrie swam many of the longer distance events in the 15 year old age group and came away with her first ever national medal, bronze in the 1500m freestyle. She also made finals for 400 free and 200 fly.
Anna Reid qualified for this prestigious competition for the first time, swimming in the 11 to 13 year old 50m fly. All her hard work in sourcing 50m pools in England to train in while on our holidays prior to the event were worthwhile with yet another PB in the 50 fly.
Jacob Duncan was in the tough age group of 17 & over. He qualified for 100m breaststroke and yet again swam a PB.
Morven Scott was very busy qualifying for multiple events in the 15 year olds age group each day. She qualified for the 400 IM final and narrowly missed out on many finals.
Bethan Grant in her last year in 11 to 13 year olds had a busy meet mainly concentrating on butterfly and backstroke.
Sixteen year old Nairn member, Laura Harrison, was also competing at the competition for Ellesmere College Titans in the 17 & over age group. She made the final in the 50m breaststroke and moved up the rankings from the heats coming 5th in the final.
Nairn Leisure Centre was the home of the 1st NDASC Invitational Meet for a number of years, with teams from Elgin, Forres, Inverness, Nairn and Tain competing for the NDASC Invitational Meet Team Trophy. A total of 115 swimmers swam in 54 events, including 14 very exciting relays across all age groups. Other than relays, in the 40 individual events, there were 237 swims with 70 improved times. There was a lot of noise generated by supporting team mates and there was a great atmosphere within the pool area.
Points were awarded in each heat – 5 points for 1st place, 4 for 2nd, 3 for 3rd, 2 for 4th & 1 for 5th. The results were as follows:
NDASC held its annual 50M sprint competition on the 18th March 2016 with 39 swimmers taking part across 154 swims and 80 Personal Best Times. The overall winner was Morven Scott (15 – 16) who broke the Club Records in all fly, back & free. Jacob Duncan (15 – 16) also broke his own record in the 50M breast stroke and Graeme Squires broke the 50M Fly in the 13 -14 age group.
Age Group Medal Winners are as follows:
Boys 9 – 10 Gold to Bailey Urquhart (9),
Girls 9 – 10 to Gold to Anna McGregor (9), Gold to Darcey Woodman (9) and Gold to Annabel Clokie (9)
Boys 11 – 12 Gold to William Hodi (12), Silver to Euan Grant (11) and Bronze to Robbie Lees (12)
Girls 11 – 12 Gold to Eilidh Mackay (12), Silver to Abi Smith (12), and Bronze to Rosie Smith-Macaulay (12)
Boys 13 – 14 Gold to Graeme Squires (14), Silver to Matthew Mcvey (14) and Bronze to Lucas Weir (13)
Girls 13 – 14 Gold to Brooke Lawrie (14), Silver to Bethan Grant (13) and Bronze to Anna Reid (13)
Boys 15 – 16 Gold to Jacob Duncan (16), Silver to Daniel Butler (15) and Bronze to Finn Macdonald (15)
Girls 15 – 16 Gold to Morven Scott (15), Silver to Zoe Atkinson (15) and Bronze to Madaline Duncan (15)
Boys 17+ - Gold to Drew Johnston (29), Silver to Matthew Paterson (18) and Bronze to Adam Scott (19)
Girls 17+ Gold to Mandy Craig Gould (45), Silver to Katie J McKenzie (17)
Jacob Duncan, Bethan Grant and Morven Scott recently competed at The Edinburgh International Meet as members of Highland Swim Team.
This competition always includes many of the top swimmers in Great Britain and there were many European teams in attendance. All this contributed to a real spectacle of swimming for the young swimmers to learn from and aspire to in the future.
All three swimmers came away with some PBs.
Nairn Swimming Club recently attended the Forres Two Day Meet with a big team of 16 swimmers. The highlight of the meet was the enormous team spirit with such a large entry and great support to all swimmers. There was a lot of internal team rivalry amongst the 12 year old girls with many coming away with great pbs and they still managed to cheer each other on.
Two 13 year olds, Anna Reid and Bethan Grant, won a bronze medal. Anna was in the 100 fly with a 6 second PB and Bethan was in 100 free.
Nairn also had female relays for 12 & under and 13 & over with the girls 13 & over freestyle only juts missing out on a medal coming 4th..
In the 100m races, Sharleen Kennedy, Anna Reid, Rosie Smith-Macaulay and Lucas Weir all swam one or more of their races in PBs of over 10 seconds. Mnay swimmers came away with PBs in all their races.
Eight Nairn swimmers were on form in the first Long Course (50m pool) meet of the season at The North District Age Group Championships in Aberdeen. One gold, four silvers and nine bronzes were brought back to Nairn. There were finals for 50 and 100m events with all other events being decided as heat declared winners.
Anna Reid and Bethan Grant competed in the 11 to 13 age group. Anna came away with the biggest Nairn Pb of the meet taking 13 seconds off her 100 free. In her 50 fly, she swam a time to give her a consideration time for her first visit to The Scottish National Age Groups at the end of the month . Bethan reached finals in 50 and 100 fly.
Competitors in the 14/15 age group were Brooke Lawrie, Morven Scott and Graeme Squires. Brooke, swimming long course Pbs in most of her events, won gold in the 800 free and silver in the 200 fly. Graeme tackled the 1500m free in a long course pool for the first time and was pleased to win the bronze medal. Morven, continuing on from her recent good form, reached finals in all the 50s and 100s that she entered and came away with a big medal tally of 6 bronzes and one silver.
Jacob Duncan and Laura Harrison competed in the 16 & over age group. Jacob continued to show his strength in breaststroke making finals in the 50 and 100 and narrowly missed out in medals in both the 100 and 200 breast. Laura, exhausted after the last two weekends of competing in Shropshire Counties where she medalled and broke a county record, came away with silvers in 50 and 200 breast and a bronze in 100 fly. She also was lying second going in to the 100 breast final but withdrew due to travelling south.
Matthew Paterson competed in the multiclassification events swimming 200 IM, 100 back and 50 free but there were no medal events at this meet.
Three Nairn Swimmers braved the snow and ice and travelled to Buckie on the 13th and 14th February for the Elgin Spring Meet. All performed well and they returned with a few more pb’s under their belt. Jacob Duncan came away with a bronze medal for his 50 m Breast.
Three young swimmers travelled down to Aberdeen on 31st January for the Dyce mini meet at Northfields swimming pool. Anna McGregor, aged 9yrs, won bronze in her 100m IM taking a massive 13.47 seconds off her previous time. She also took home a bronze and PB for her 50m freestyle and won a silver medal and a PB in her 50m fly. Rosie Smith- MacAulay, aged 12yrs, swam well in all five of her races and gained a PB in her 50m back stroke. She also got a 1.60sec PB in her 50m Fly which won her a bronze medal. William Hodi, aged 12yrs, swam competitively in all four of his races and gained a PB of 1.24sec in his 50m fly and a PB in his 50m Freestyle.
Eight young swimmers from Nairn Swimming Club recently qualified and entered the North District Age Group Meet for aged 14 & under. 14 year old Morven Scott stole the show and ended up on the podium for all her races. She swam in 50 and 100m races for all 4 strokes, demonstrating her strength across all the strokes and won 6 golds and 2 bronzes. Brooke Lawrie, also 14, won golds in 200 fly and 400 free and won bronze in 400 IM and 200 free. She came away with PBs in every distance she swam including PBs for 50s and 100s on her way to completing 200m races.For 12 year olds, Abi Smith and William Hodi , it was the first time that they had qualified for a North District Meet that needed “faster than” times to enter. William swam a strong 50m breaststroke close to his PB. Abi’s butterfly went well, taking 10 seconds of her 100m time and 6 seconds off her 200m time. She also swam a 400m individual medley race in an external competition for the first time. More experienced 12 year olds, Bethan Grant and Anna Reid, swam PBs in most of their races in a variety of strokes and distances.
Brooke Lawrie was the only swimmer from Nairn attending the first meet in the district this year. She was competing in the age 14 category and came away with 3 out of 4 PBs and a gold in 200m fly and a silver in 800m freestyle.
Four Nairn swimmers qualified for the recent Scottish Short Course Open in Edinburgh. Jacob Duncan (16), Brooke Lawrie (14) & Morven Scott (14) qualified for this open compettion for the first time and competed for Highland Swim Team. For Laura Harrison (16), it was her first competition back in Scotland since joining Ellesmere Titans in September.
The Scottish Short Course Open is the last big Scottish Meet of the season that takes place in a 25m pool before competition turns to 50m pools for the rest of the 2016/16 season. Many Scottish records were broken and, with the Belgian Flemish team attending, there were a number of Belgian records also broken.
Jacob qualified for all the breaststroke events, swimming well and coming away with PBs in the 50 and 200m distances. Brooke qualified for one event, 200 fly, swam a very strong race and set a new personal best by more than 3 seconds. In fact, her first 100m was faster than she had ever swum the 100 fly race.
Morven qualified for many events and decided to concentrate on the 50 and 100 distances. She swam PBs in 100 free and 50 fly. In a couple of races, she was drawn in the next door lane to Laura which led to some very competitive and entertaining races.
Laura chose to concentrate on 5 events over two days and missed the final day of The Scottish due to being selected for The Titans team competing at The North West Arena League Final in Liverpool. Having set PBs in November meets down south, she took a further 1.5 to 2 seconds off her recent PBs, made the B finals of 50 and 100 breast, coming 3rd in the 100 breast B final.
15 swimmers from Nairn Swimming Club took part in the Highland Swim Team Timing Session recently. Placings were not the important factor to this meet, although many Nairn swimmers swam the fastest time for their events.
The weekend was all about experience and swimming times that are then accredited for entering competitions throughout Scotland. 70% of Nairn swims were personal bests with William Hodi, Matthew Paterson, Morven Scott, Abi Smith and Rachel Urquhart swimming personal bests in all their events.
Nine year old Lily Craig –Gould was the youngest Nairn competitor and she did well to step up to racing 100m events for the first time . Twelve year old Abi Smith swam PBs to give her consideration times for The North District Age Group Meet for the first time. Jacob Duncan(16) swam his first ever 1500m race and broke the 18 minute barrier closely followed by experienced long distance swimmer, Brooke Lawrie (14) , who also broke the 18 minute barrier for the first time with a 20 second PB.
Euan Grant (11) had a great weekend taking a huge 63 seconds off his 200 IM, 30 seconds off his 200 back and 10 seconds off his 100 free. Other huge PBs came from Rachel Urquhart(13) taking 56 seconds off her 200 breast and 41 seconds off her 200 IM.
A group of 6 Nairn swimmers got to compete alongside their swimming hero’s at the North District Grand Prix which was held in Inverness from 13th to 15th November. Olympic/commonwealth swimmers Hannah Miley, Robbie Renwick & Ross Murdoch amongst other Scottish National Squad members all made the trip north to compete in the event.
The Nairn swimmers did themselves, their coaches & their parents proud, notching up 10 new personal bests. Morven Scott made the B final of the 200 fly.
A small group of swimmers represented NDASC in the last mini meet of the season in Buckie. The young team showed great team spirit and performed well with no fewer than 8 personal bests between them.
Alloa Graded Meet - 24/25 Oct - Stirling
14 Year old NDASC swimmer, Madaline Duncan, competed in The Alloa Graded Meet in Stirling over 24/25th October weekend. Madaline got 3 PBs including a huge 26 seconds off her 400 freestyle.
North District Distance Meet - 3/4 Oct 2015
Six NDASC swimmers had a very successful trip to Fraserburgh for a weekend of distance races involving the North District top swimmers.
Brooke Lawrie (14), who is continuing to enjoy the challenge of long distance races, had a very successful weekend racing gaining Gold in the 1500m free with a massive 21 second PB and Bronze in the 800m free with a 15 second PB.
Graeme Squires (14) started the day for NDASC with a very gritty swim in the 1500m free, finishing just outside the medals in 4th place only 0.01 seconds behind 3rd place. He returned on Sunday to compete in his first 800m free to take an amazing 16 seconds off his entry time.
Jacob Duncan (16) had two strong swims recording a new PB in his 400m free and posting his fastest 400m IM time this season. Bethan Grant (12) set two new PB's in her two races, 400m free and 400m IM. The Butler brothers, Daniel and Oliver, competed in the 400 free, their first competitive outing of the season.
All the swimmers represented their club with pride and NDASC are continuing to show their strength within the North District Region.
A young group of Nairn swimmers attended the Forres mini meet last weekend. For many of the swimmers, it was their first experience of competing out of Nairn. The team of nine swimmers were great ambassadors for the club and had great fun swimming their individual races and competing in all the relay events.
One of the youngest swimmers in the team, 8 year old Anna McGregor, competed with confidence and everyone was delighted to see her winning a bronze medal in the 25m backcrawl.
Medals were also won by the more “experienced” Nairn competitiors with William Hodi (11) winning gold in 50 breast and silver in 50 back and Hamish Muras (10) winning bronze in 50 breast.
The biggest PB for the team came from Euan Grant(10) who took a massive 8 seconds off his 100 IM. Special mention also to Sophie Gillespie(11) who took 5 seconds off both her 50 fly and her 50 breast and 2.5 seconds off her 100 IM and Lily Craig-Gould who took nearly 5 seconds off her 50 free.
3 Nairn District swimmers travelled to Prestonpans on Sunday 20th September to compete in the Haddingtons 100's meet.
All swimmers had solid swims with Jacob Duncan (16) taking home 2 silver medals for his swims in the 100m Breast and 400m IM and Brooke Lawrie taking home the gold for the 400m Free. Matthew McVey (14) swam 4 PBs including a 14 second PB in his 400 IM.
5 swimmers from Nairn District Amateur Swimming Club (NDASC) travelled to Fraserburgh on Sunday 20th September to compete in the Broch Graded Meet.
All swimmers competed to a high level in each of their heats with some huge PBs. Lucas Weir, competing for the first time away from Nairn, took 33 seconds off his entry time for 400 free. Eilidh Mackay took an aggregate total of 53 seconds off her two events.
Zoe Atkinson returned to competitive swimming after several months out due to injury and won Bronze in 200metres IM
On 6th September 2015 NDASC swimmer Morven Scott (14) travelled to compete in the Cults Otters ASC Challenge Trophy at Cults Swimming Pool, Aberdeen. Morven had a fantastic day, breaking 2 meet records and taking away 5 gold medals from 5 swims, and the Best Girl Trophy for the 13-14 years age category.
The swimming season kicked off with the DUNEDIN CHALLENGE MEET held on the 29th and 30th August 2015. Six swimmers from Nairn attended this meet.
The meet started with the girls 50m breaststroke, all of our girls swam really well in their respective heats, all of them obtaining PB’s. Next we had Jacob Duncan swimming his 50m backstroke,he came third in his heat taking a slight PB. Another PB was acquired in the boys 200m freestyle, Graeme Squires also earned himself a silver medal for his efforts.
All of our girls got PB’s in their 100m backstroke. Madaline Duncan achieved a PB of 1:26.90,Abi Smith got a PB of 1:29.34 secs and Melissa Murray obtained a PB of 1:27.77.
Jacob Duncan earned himself a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke,with a great PB of 1:11.32. A fantastic achievement considering the Gold and Silver medals were awarded to a 33 and 29 year old respectively.
The final event of the morning was the girls 100m IM.Rosie Smith Macaulay worked hard for her PB of 1:35.24secs. Abi Smith also PB’d as did Melissa Murray and Madaline Duncan.
Graeme Squires achieved the first PB of the afternoon and also won the silver medal for the 200m fly.
Rosie Smith Macaulay earned herself a huge PB in the 200m freestyle,a PB of 3:03.96secs.
Jacob Duncan rounded off the days achievements with yet another PB of 1:08.54secs for the 100mIM.
The second day of the meet got off to a good start with yet more PB’s for the girls in a 50m free.
The girls continued in the same line for the 200m breaststroke.They all obtained huge PB’s Abi Smith got a PB of 3:49.50 secs,Rosie Smith Macaulay with a PB of 3:57.30secs and Madaline Duncan with a PB of 3:27.38secs.
Graeme Squires achieved second place in the 200m backstroke and came away with a silver medal.
Yet another PB for Abi Smith for her 100m free.
Madaline Duncan PB’d in her 200IM by1.45 secs but Melissa Murray took a huge amount off her time and got a time of 3:12.62.
Jacob had a slight PB for his 200m breaststroke,doing a fantastic swim, he came away with gold.
Continuing with their good form from the morning the girls achieved PB’s in their 200m backstroke events.Rosie Smith Macaulay got a 10 sec PB and Melissa Murray got a 10.37 sec PB.Rosie swam well in her last event of the day and achieved another PB of 1:46.04.
This was a very successful meet with the Nairn contingent coming away with a few medals,lots of PB’s and great experience.
British Summer Championships - July 2015 - Sheffield
Laura Harrison(16) and Katie Mackenzie(15) were invited to swim at The British Summer Championships in Sheffield from 28th July due to being ranked in the top 24 in GB for their number one events.
Laura’s event was 50 breaststroke. She swam a strong race and posted a time very close to her PB in the heats, 34.20. However, to her amazement she came 10th equal which meant that with 10 places available for the final, she had to swim off against a Rushmoor Royals swimmer for a place in the final. The two girls entertained a very noisy Sheffield crowd with a highly competitive race with the race being decided on the final touch when Laura narrowly missed out on the win.
Katie was invited for the 400 IM. She started off well and kept up with the rest of her heat. However, with putting so much in to the start of her race, the final 100m of freestyle was tough but she dug deep to finish in 5.21.23.
Competing at The British Summer Championships was a superb experience for both girls and a fine way to finish off a very busy season. Katie now moves on to Glasgow to swim for City of Glasgow Swim Team and attend The Glasgow School of Sport. Laura, having competed for Nairn and Highland since the age of 10, has been awarded a swimming scholarship to Ellesmere College and will be combining her A level studies with the intensive swimming programme at their centre of swimming excellence.
Six Nairn swimmers competed at The Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh from 24th to 26th July at The Scottish Summer Meet. 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 2015. 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. Katie Mackenzie and Laura Harrison were in GB top 24 for their no.1 event (400 IM and 50 breast respectively) so moved on to Sheffield after The Scottish Summer Meet to compete in The British
SCOTTISH SUMMER MEET
The first day of the meet started well with PBs galore and Nairn swimmers featuring in finals . Laura Harrison swam a superb 100 breast final, leading from the start and winning gold in a new PB and 3 seconds ahead of the next swimmer. Shortly after she was back in the pool for the 200 IM final, with another PB and 4th. Katie Mackenzie lead her 200 IM final from the start and won gold. She then swam a 200 fly final, coming 4th. Morven Scott was in fine form swimming PBs in most of her races but had a frustrating night of finals, narrowly missing out on medals with 4th place in the 100 free and 200 IM finals. She also came 5th in the 100 breast final. Brooke Lawrie swam a strong 200 fly , close to her PB.
Day two was another day of finals for Katie, Laura and Morven. However, it was Morven this time that came away with medals. Not to be outdone by the rest of the Scott family who were either winning at The Nairn Tennis Tournament or her elder brother Sandy who was also in Edinburgh winning The Scottish Boys Golf Open, Morven swam passionately to win silvers in both the 50 breast and 50 free.
Finally on day three, Morven came away with her gold medal in the 50 fly . She came off the starting blocks fast and led all the way. Katie also won a silver medal in the 200 breast . Bethan Grant swam a PB in the 12/13 50 fly to make the final and Laura swam in multiple finals.
Seven Nairn swimmers qualified for the recent Scottish National Open in Glasgow. At national events, the swimmers compete as Highland Swim Team with Nairn having a strong presence in the team as half the team came from Nairn Swimming Club.
It was the first time that Jacob Duncan (16), Brooke Lawrie (14) and Morven Scott(14) had qualified for this open event and they gained from the experience of being part of a competition that the best swimmers from all over GB attended including Team GB and a strong team of 60 swimmers from Loughborough University. Morven swam 5 PBs over the four days of competition including six seconds off her 400 IM.
15 year olds, Laura Harrison and Katie MacKenzie, had gruelling schedules as they were at the pool from 7am till 5pm each day. At The Open, the 5 fastest heats are swum in the morning and slower heats in the afternoon. Both girls were involved in the faster heats for their key events and in the slower heats for all other events that they qualified for. As so often happens in middle distance freestyle events, Katie and Laura were in the same heat of 400 free right next to each other resulting in a very competitive race with Katie touching first in a 3 second PB and Laura in a 6 second PB. Laura was the sole Highland Swim team member to make an Open final, coming 4th in the B Final for 50m breaststroke.
Highland Swim Team entered a female 4 x 100 medley relay on the final day of competition. Morven started the relay off well with a PB in her backcrawl and Laura finished the relay with a PB in her 100 freestyle, which brought the young team further up the rankings.
Matthew Paterson and Adam Scott, both 18 years old, were competing in the multi classification events. They both made finals in most of their events and Matthew took a huge 17 seconds off his 200 IM time. Adam was using this competition as a final practice competition before he represents Scotland at The CPISRA World Games in Nottingham next month.
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