Swimmers excel as trophies well shared out betwen teams

Shetland Swimming Association hosted the age group championships at Clickimin on Sunday and the competition produced some fantas-tic swimming.

In the girls’ 11-12 age group Sarah Williamson (Shetland) dom­inated to win all her events and took the championship with Chloe Nicol­son (Lerwick) winning all the silvers. The bronze medals were shared out between Vhairi Davies (South Mainland) in the butterfly and IM, Kayleigh Anderson (SH) in the backstroke and breaststroke, and Morven Davies (SM) in the freestyle.

In the boys’ event Calum Maccoll (Delting Dolphins) won the butterfly, backstroke, IM and freestyle and took the silver in the breaststroke, enough to win the championship. Darrin Eldridge (SM) won the breaststroke and gained silvers in all the other events. The bronzes were shared by Eddie Price (SM) in the butterfly, IM breaststroke and freestyle and David Wallace (DD) in the back-stroke.

In the 13-14 age group Megan Nicolson (LK) won the champ­ionship, taking gold medals in the butterfly, backstroke and freestyle. She also won silvers in the IM and breaststroke. Megan Petursdottir (SH) won the IM and breaststroke, gained silvers in the backstroke and butterfly and a bronze in the free-style.

Megan Petursdottir’s excellent IM also won her the stroke championship for that event. Arwen Raikes (DD) won the remaining silver in the freestyle and a bronze in the butterfly. The remaining bronzes were won by Kirsty Laurenson (SM) in the backstroke, Leigh Wishart (DD) in the IM and Sarah Keay (SM) in the breast-stroke.

In the boys’ event Craig Nicolson (LK) won all the gold medals, giving him the overall age group championship. His breaststroke race, in which he took his age group record, won him the overall breaststroke championship.

Donnie Price (SM) managed to take all the silvers for the age group while Karl Eldridge (SM) in the butterfly and IM and Saul Swanson (DD) in the backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle shared the bronzes.

In the girls’ 15-16 age group Jessika Swanson (DD) won golds in the butterfly, backstroke and freestyle and silver in the breaststroke, in which team mate Rachel Southern won the gold. She also won a gold in the IM and and silvers in the remaining events, enough to give Jessika the cham-pionship.

In the boys’ event Felix Gifford (DD) won the butterfly, backstroke, IM and breaststroke and was second in the freestyle, enough to win him the championship from Callum Macgregor (LK) who won the freestyle and came second in the remaining events. Jake Swanson (DD) won all the bronze medals.

This age group produced many of the overall stroke champions. Felix won the butterfly after taking a good lead at the 50m mark, he won the backstroke and he dominated the IM to win in a new open record time of 2.19.09. Callum, not to be outdone, won the freestyle in a new open record time of 53.74.

In the 17 and over age group Amy Harper (LK) won the backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle, taking the overall stroke championship and domin-ating the girls’ events.

Jan Price (SM) won the IM for this age group and gained silvers for the breaststroke and freestyle.

In the boys’ event Tom Raikes (DD) won the championship, winning the butterfly, backstroke, IM and freestyle. The remaining gold was won by Kevin Gifford (LK) in the breaststroke, in which Tom won the silver.

A spokeswoman said Shetland Swimming Association would like to thank the Clickimin staff for all their help, Graham Southern for the results service, Jim Robertson and all the officials.


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