TWENTY-THREE Hawick Swimming Club members took part in the recent Borders schools time-trials at Galashiels, where they represented four local primaries and Hawick High between them.
First off were Megan Landels and Sophie Allen, both Drumlanrig, and Wilton’s Leah Murdie in the 50m backstroke, with Megan swimming a personal best. Trinity’s Lyall Hodgins and Jamie Diver both swam personal bests in the 50m backstroke, with Lyall winning the silver and gaining a qualifying time (which allows a swimmer to be put forward for possible entry into the Scottish schools competition at East Kilbride in January). For the high school, Mark Messer swam a good personal best to win gold in the 100mbackstroke.
Breaststroke followed and Wilton’s Jenna Amos won gold with a qualifying time in the 50m, with Eilidh Jaffray, Drumlanrig, not far behind with a silver. The boys were also making their mark with Liam Caldwell, Stirches, swimming a personal best to land gold with a qualifying time, while the Trinity trio of Jamie Grant, and Harris and Marcus Brogan followed with Jamie swimming a personal best. The high school was represented in the 100m breaststroke by Rhiann Ferguson, who clocked a personal best and a qualifying time, and by Lisa Murphy, Chloe Scott, both with personal bests, and Akiko Ballantyne.
The 50m butterfly saw Trinity’s Mya Pearce, recording a personal best for the girls, and Liam Caldwell again taking gold with another personal best Rhys Tait, also Stirches, won the bronze.
Mark Messer finished off the first session in style with gold and another personal best in 200m freestyle.
Session two started well with Rhiann Ferguson scooping the silver medal and a qualifying time with a very good personal best in the 200m breaststroke,
Hawick swimmers were well represented in the girls’ 50m freestyle, with Jenna Amos competing strongly to take the bronze in another qualifying time, while Eilidh Jaffray, Drumlanrig, put in a personal best and was fifth. Mya Pearce (personal best), Megan Landels, Leah Murdie (personal best), Connie Wilson, Drumlanrig, and Sophie Allen, both with personal bests, and Alyssa Jack, also Drumlanrig, all followed.
The boys’ 50m freestyle featured Rhys Tait and Lyall Hodgins, both with qualifying times. Jamie Grant, Jamie Diver and Wilton’s Sean Whiteford swam personal bests, while Marcus Brogan, Ben Morozzo, Harris Brogan and Jack Oliver (all Trinity) swam well, with the latter two gaining personal bests.
In the 100m freestyle, Rhiann Ferguson and Chloe Scott notched personal bests, closely followed by Lisa Murphy. For the boys, Mark Messer was not far off his best.
The primary school relays were very exciting, and the Drumlanrig team, which included Eilidh Jaffray, Megan Landels and Sophie Allen, was pipped into the silver medal position by less than half-a-second, while the Trinity boys, comprising Lyall Hodgins, Jamie Grant, Jamie Diver and Marcus Brogan, were also edged out by less than half-a-second and also took the silver.
The last race for the Hawick team saw Rhiann Ferguson swim close to her best in 200m backstroke – her fourth event of a busy afternoon.