DELTING Dolphins (DD) hosted the third Marc’s Medley Challenge in memory of Marc Hutchison at the North Mainland Pool last Saturday.
There was some excellent swimming with the Nicolson family from Lerwick dominating the competition.
In the girls’ 10 and under age group Chloe Nicolson was very impressive, winning all her events to put her through to the final later in the day. Vhairi Davies of South Mainland (SM) swam well to gain the silver in the backstroke and butterfly. The other silvers were won by Sophie Moar freestyle and Lucy Morris breaststroke, both SM.
Sophie also won the bronze in the breaststroke and Lucy won the bronze in the backstroke, freestyle and butterfly. This was enough to put Lucy in to the final. But Sophie had to swim off against Vhairi to see who would get through. In a very exciting swim-off with both girls were neck and neck the whole way and Vhairi just managed to touch first to go in to the final.
The boys’ 10 and under age group saw James Morris (SM) swim well and win all but the freestyle, this going to his team mate Eddie Price, who also took silver in the butterfly and bronze in the backstroke.
This was enough for both boys to go through to the final. They were joined in the final by James Monaghan to make it a complete SM affair. James won the silver in the backstroke and breaststroke and bronze in the butterfly. The final medals were won by Scott Riise (SM) – bronze in the freestyle and breaststroke.
The girls’ 11-13 age group saw Megan Nicolson putting in some strong performances to win golds in the backstroke and the butterfly and, silver in the breaststroke and the freestyle, putting her through to the final. Bethany Bryne-Macombie (SM) won the gold in the breaststroke and bronze in the backstroke, also gaining a finals place.
The final gold was won by Sarah Keay (SM) in the freestyle. She also won the silver in the backstroke and bronze in the butterfly to give her a place in the final.
The other medal winners were Arwen Raikes (DD), joint silver with Megan in the freestyle, Leigh Wishart (DD), silver in the butterfly, and Sarah Williamson (Shetland), bronze in the breaststroke.
The 11-13 boys event was completely dominated by Shetland’s Craig Nicolson who won all his events. Donnie Price (SM) won all the silvers which ensured that both boys swam in the final. The bronzes were shared by Karl Eldridge (SM) in the breaststroke, Michael Southern (DD) in the backstroke, Saul Swanson (DD) in the freestyle and Callum Maccoll (DD) in the butterfly. Callum gained more fourth places so won through to the final.
The girls’ 14 and over was dominated by another Lerwick swimmer, Amy Harper, who won all her events. Jessika Swanson (DD) won three silvers and a bronze in the breaststroke in which Rachel Southern won the silver. Rachel also won the remaining three bronzes. That meant all three girls went through to the final.
The 14 and over boys saw some exciting swimming with Tom Raikes (DD) winning the butterfly and freestyle and coming second in the breaststroke and third in the backstroke.
Callum MacGregor (Lerwick) won the gold in the backstroke and breaststroke, silver in the freestyle and bronze in the butterfly. Felix Gifford (DD) cleared up the medals with silvers in the butterfly and backstroke and bronze in the breaststroke and freestyle. This meant these three boys went through to the final, however Callum pulled out giving Delting’s Zai Vessey the chance to swim.
The finals were in the form of a 200m individual medley. First to swim were the 10 and under girls with Chloe winning, Lucy second and Vhairi third. For the boys James Morris won the gold, Eddie the silver and James Monaghan the bronze.
The 11-13 age group saw impressive individual medley swimming from Megan and Craig to win their events, with Bethany winning the silver for the girls and Sarah the bronze and Donnie the silver for the boys and Callum the bronze.
The 14 and over age group went with the form book with Amy winning, Jessika second and Rachel third. The boys’ final saw Tom winning the gold, Felix the silver and Zai the bronze.