Swimmers make waves with Kelso double

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A TEAM of 16 swimmers from Hawick notched a trophy double at Kelso’s annual swimming gala on Saturday, September 14.

The squad – which comprised Ava Short, Ruathy Brogan, Ryan McMichan, Sean Whiteford, Marcus Brogan, Sean McMichan, Connie Wilson, Kirsty Wood, Ben Morozzo, Megan Landels, Sophie Allen, Alyssa Jack, Jamie Diver, Vilmantas Noreika, Rhys Tait and Eilidh Jaffray – took custody of both the relay and overall event cups.

The first event of the day was backstroke, and competing in the eight-and-unders were Ava, Ruathy and Ryan, all of whom swam brilliantly. In the race for nine-year-old girls, Kirsty did well and Connie came third, while for the boys, Marcus notched a first and Sean Whiteford was second. For the 10-year-olds, Megan was second and Vilmantas held her own, while Jamie recorded a second place in the boys’ event. Both Eilidh and Reece also made their mark in their respective races.

Everyone competed well in the breaststroke, with Connie in second place, Sean McMichan swimming well, and Ben in first spot and Marcus runner-up in the race for nine-year-olds. There was a hat-trick in the event for 10-year-old girls with Megan emerging the winner, ahead of Sophie in second, and Alyssa in third. Jamie was third in his event and Eilidh first.

In the butterfly, Sean Whiteford took first place and Marcus was second in their race. Sophie swam to top spot and Jamie was third. Eilidh and Rhys both came first in their respective events for 11-year-olds.

The last individual event of the day was front crawl and again Hawick recorded a hat-trick, with Marcus, Sean and Ben, first, second and third respectively. Megan was runner-up in the girls’ race, while Jamie finished second and Vilmantas third in their respective events. Rhys and Eilidh came third in their respective races.

The relay events were also a success for Hawick, who won two golds in the medley, and one gold and one silver in the freestyle.

A brilliant day for Hawick swimmers.

n A NINE-STRONG Hawick squad of Ruathy, Sean, Ben, Marcus, Sophie, Megan, Alyssa, Jamie and Eilidh made a splash at Prestonpans on Saturday, September 7, when they scooped six silver and three bronze medals, as well as clocking 18 personal bests.

n HAWICK swimmers were also in action on Sunday, September 15, at the Peebles Stars of the Future team event, in which they were up against Galashiels, Peebles, Dunoon and Lanark.

The Teri quartet of nine-year-olds comprised Sean Whiteford, Marcus Brogan, Ruathy Brogan and Connie Wilson; ten-year-olds: Ben Morozzo, Jamie Diver, Megan Landels and Sophie Allen; 11-year-olds: Alyssa Jack, Iain MacAskill, Eilidh Jaffray and Rhys Tait; and 12-year-olds: Liam Caldwell, Gavin Mitchell, Emma Suddon and Rachel Shiell.

The Hawick contingent, a few of whom were having to swim up a year for their age, all did superbly, and again there were many personal bests.

Unfortunately, Hawick (115) were pipped to the post by a very strong Lanark team (118), with Peebles (81) and Dunoon (58).

n MARCUS, Megan and Eilidh have also recently competed at Sunderland and Dunfermline, where they gained personal bests and valuable experience, especially at the former venue where they were swimming in a 50-metre pool.

All of the coaches at the Hawick swimming clubs are very proud of the members who have taken part in these events.