28th May 2018
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Swimmers excel in pool action

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Shetland Swimming Association held the annual junior champion­ships on Sunday, involving young swimmers all aged 10 or below.

In the eight and under boys’ championship Bowen Ratter of Delting Dolphins (DD) swam really well in the freestyle and butterfly to win the gold medals and also very well in the backstroke to win the silver medal. This was enough to win him the overall championship in the age group.

Seamus Mackay of South Mainland (SM) also swam well to win the gold in the backstroke and bronze in the freestyle and breaststroke. The final gold was won with a great swim from Lewis Tait (SM). He also won silver in the freestyle. Bobby Laurenson (SM) won the silver in the breaststroke and bronze in the backstroke.

In the girls’ championship Erraid Davies (SM) dominated the races to win all the gold medals, thus winning a well-deserved championship. Katie Bain (Shet­land) won silver in the freestyle, bronze in the backstroke and breaststroke, Ami Maddison (Ler­wick) took the silver in the backstroke and Lois Ross (Shetland) won the silver in the breaststroke.

The boys’ nine years champion­ship was a battle between Delting swimmers Zevf Vessey and Logan Jamieson. Zevf won golds in the breaststroke and freestyle and silver in the backstroke and butterfly, enough to win him the championship.

Logan won the backstroke and butterfly, silver in the breaststroke and bronze in the freestyle.

The final silver was by Edward Oldbury (SM) in the freestyle and he also won bronzes in the backstroke and butterfly. The final bronze was won by Johannes Kerr (Shetland) in the breast­stroke.

In the nine years championship the gold medals were shared out. Emmie Hutchison (Lerwick) won two in the backstroke and freestyle. She also gained silver in the butterfly and bronze in the breaststroke. This was enough to win her the champion­ship.

Sophie Morris (SM) won a gold in the butterfly and silver in the freestyle. The remaining gold was won by Shannon Davies (DD) in the breaststroke. Anne Hutchison (Lerwick) won silvers in the breaststroke and backstroke and Eleanor Hutcheon (Shetland) won the bronze in the backstroke.

The 10-year-olds were swim­ming 50m of each stroke. Eddie Price (SM) dominated his age group by winning all the gold medals and thus the age group while Joshua Maccoll (DD) won silver in the butterfly and bronze in the backstroke and freestyle.

Scott Riise (SM) won the remaining silvers in the backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. He also took the bronze in the butterfly. Scott Irvine (DD) won the remaining bronze medal in the breaststroke.

Vhairi Davies (SM), following sister Erraid’s earlier example, won her championship by winning three of the gold medals in the butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke and silver in the freestyle.

Curstaidh MacKay (SM) won the final gold medal in the freestyle. She also won silver in butterfly and backstroke and bronze in the breaststroke. The last silver was won by Cara Steven (SM) in the breaststroke while Kate Jones (Shetland) won the remaining bronze medals in the butterfly, backstroke and freestyle.

The final events were the nine years and under 50m freestyle. For the boys this was won by Logan Jamieson (DD) with Zevf Vessey (DD) second and Edward Oldbury (SM) third. For the girls Sophie Morris (SM) won with Erraid Davies (SM) second and Emmie Hutchison (Lerwick) third.

A spokesman said Shetland Swimming Association wished to thank all the officials, especially Jim Robertson for refereeing, senior swimmers Callum Macgregor for recording, Felix Gifford and Jake Swanson for marshalling, and Calum Maccoll, Donnie Price and David Wallace for running.