Everything’s gone swimmingly

M&B Swimmers 2
M&B Swimmers 2

THE Milngavie and Bearsden swim team capped off a remarkable season by smashing their way to a total of eleven medals at this year’s Scottish Nationals Short Course Championships.

The prestigious event, held recently in Inverness, proved to be one of the most successful hauls in the club’s recent history.

Against a backdrop of snow and Christmas lights, the group added their own festive sparkle with a haul of five gold, two silver and four bronze medals, all on their way to breaking 13 district records.

Lauren Averell topped the table with double gold in her individual events, which were the 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle.

And Lauren also helped the club claim a further two relay titles.

Accompanied by Kirstin McKinley, Holly Shearer and Paige Lang, the girls scooped the 4x100 freestyle event as well as bronze in the 4x50 freestyle.

Lauren and Kirstin returned alongside Megan Donnelly and Julie Williams to nail the 4x50 medley crown.

Following on from that, Kirsten returned to the pulpit with a gold medal in the 200m freestyle swim, to claim her third win of the championships.

And the Commonwealth Youth Games team member also won silver in the 100m freestyle as well as claiming two bronze medals for the 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle.

Also, Calum Tait came away with silver in the 200m breaststroke, edged out of the top spot only by world junior 100m breaststroke champion Craig Benson.

Meanwhile, Jack Thorpe also made it a clean sweep of district records over the sprint freestyle events, taking bronze in the 50m.

Those outstanding individual and team performances made it the most successful showing for the club at a national championships in years.

Coach Craig Houston praised the efforts of the prodigious Milngavie and Bearsden swimmers

He said: “I’m immensely proud of the way the whole team performed.

“Beyond the exceptional achievements of the individual medallists, our relay teams demonstrated our formidable depth and quality for a club of our size.

“As still a relatively young team to be competing at senior national level, we showed that we’re more than a match for some of the top swimmers and clubs in the country.

“We outperformed bigger and better-resourced local rivals City of Glasgow, amongst others.”

The swimmers continue to cope well with transition from junior swimming and will now look forward to testing themselves in the new year at national and international level.