Milngavie and Bearsden Swimming Club members return from Aberdeen with medals

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Members of Milngavie and Bearsden Swimming team brought the Scottish swimming season to a close with some fantastic performances at the Scottish National Age Group Championships in Aberdeen last week.

Among the stars of the tournament was 13-year-old Iain Fletcher, who produced the breakthrough performance of the week, winning a fantastic 4 individual medals. He triumphed in the 100 fly in what was one of the best performances of the meet.

Iain’s tally also included a superb silver in the 200 fly, and two bronze medals on the first and last night. He now looks forward to being one of the first swimmers in recent times to compete at the prestigious British Age Group championships in Sheffield at the end of this month.

Also on top form in Aberdeen was 17 year old Greg Watson.

He took double silver in two of the most exciting races of the competition, coming within a whisker of gold in both the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke. With some remarkable racing, including against one of the 2014 senior Scotland Commonwealth team and home pool favourite Jack Ness, Greg set the tone for the team all week. He will now lead our team at the British Youth championships in later this month along with teammates Ciaran Johnson, Hannah Voute and Julie Williams.

Other excellent performances came from Michael Alcorn, making his first real impression at national level, by featuring in four finals.

The girls from the team also put in a good performance. Zoe MacDonald was perhaps the most notable, making four finals across the week. Beth Brown, Georgia Callander, Victoria Reid, Hannah Voute and Julie Williams each made one final apiece, with the girls relays also producing some gutsy performances.

A gold was achieved by Iain Fletcher in the 100 fly, silver to Greg Watson 100breast and 100back with Iain Fletcher also getting silver in the 200fly; bronze was awarded to Iain Fletcher in the 200im and 100back.

The following members all reached the finals: Georgia Callander 200fly; Zoe MacDonald 100fly, 100bc 200im, 100fc; Victoria Reid 200br; Greg Watson 200bc; Michael Alcorn 100fc, 100br, 200br, 100fly; Beth Brown 100br; Julie Williams 100bc; Hannah Voute 50fc; Iain Fletcher 400fc.

pic caption: MEDAL WINNERS: Iain Fletcher (left) who won gold and Greg Watson who secured silver.