Feb 8 2013
The weekend of January 19-20 saw 12 young Dolphins travel to the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds to compete in the City of Leeds annual January Grand Prix.
This was a great success with swimmers achieving many medals and numerous personal best times.
In addition, three swimmers achieved qualification times for the forthcoming Scottish National Age Group Championships (SNAGs) being held in April at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh.
Keiran Jardine (18) scooped a medal haul of one gold, two silver and one bronze for his performances in the men’s 15 years and over 100m backstroke (gold); 50 backstroke and 100 butterfly (silver) and 100m freestyle (bronze), with two pb times into the bargain.
Daniel Ryan (14) had an excellent meet, receiving two silver medals (and SNAGs qualifying times) in the boys 14 years 200m butterfly and 1500m freestyle; bronze in the 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle; touching home in the top 10 of his remaining three events and also producing a full house of pb times.
Anya Watt (11) also produced pb times in all of her events.
Anya swam into silver medal position in the girls 11 years 100m freestyle, bronze in the 100m and 200m butterfly, had top 10 swims in her other events (200IM, 200m backstroke, 800m freestyle) and achieved no less than four SNAGs times.
Alix Muir (14) and Beatrice Acklam (15) came home with three medals apiece; Alix winning silver in the girls 14 years 50m freestyle and bronze in the 100m and 200m freestyle events; while Beatrice collected silver for her 100m breaststroke event and bronze in the girls 15 years 50 breaststroke and 800m freestyle.
Twelve-year- olds Blair Watret and Ross Acklam also mirrored each other’s success by winning a silver medal apiece and producing top 10 finishes in each of their remaining five events.
Blair’s silver medal was in the boys 12 years 200m breaststroke while Ross won silver (and SNAGs qualification) in the boys 12 years 200m backstroke. Both boys also improved their pb times in each of their events
Katrin Brown (14) was rewarded with a bronze medal for her 100m breaststroke swim and also produced three other top10 finishes from her remaining events, improving her pb times for each one.
Rachel Laverie (12) and Samuel Johnstone (14) touched home in the top 10 for each of their swims, also improving their pb times along the way.
Niamh Johnston (12) also had an excellent meet, taking time off all her swims, especially the 200m IM (40 seconds pb).
Abbie Johnston (13) also swam well in her five events, once again with a full house of personal best times.
This was the first long course meet of the year for these swimmers and the swimmers did themselves and the club proud.
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