Seven Garioch swimmers enjoyed great Irish hospitality at the Swim Ulster International Meet in the brand new Aurora Complex in Bangor from February 27, to March 3, taking full advantage of magnificent facilities and high quality competition.
All swam well in what was for many the first long course meet of the year, with most swimmers making finals and some taking back highly prized medals.
Orla Adams (19) swam very consistently, taking two bronze medals in the 200 and 400IM races and making five more finals. Shannon Crawford (14) swam really well, too, making all three finals in her backstroke events and continuing to take time off most of her swims. Gavin Haggerwood (19) made five finals and swam very well to take time off his freestyle events. Christy Johnston (14), in her first swim abroad, took time off each of her long course breaststroke events, swimming with her usual determination and standing in for Hannah at numerous medal ceremonies! Alastair Miley was in great form, making nine finals and taking the silver in the 200back. Hannah Miley, too, was dominant in taking gold in 200 fly, 400IM, 200 free, 200 breast, 800 free, 400 free and 200IM, silver in the 50 breast and bronze in the 100 fly – an amazing set of achievements even by her phenomenal standards. Joseph Miley, swimming for the Scotland Youth Team, put in some wonderful swims, making four finals and achieving a clutch of PBs.
Thanks are due to Dave Adams for organising and managing the trip, and to Patrick Miley for his expert guidance in ensuring high levels of performance throughout the week-end.