National County Championships 2019

IASC stars Aimee Watson and Matthew Garrity helped the Scotland West swimming team to an equal fourth place finish in the recent National County Team Championships.

The National County Team Championships is a UK wide event for regional swimming teams and the Scotland West team is made up of swimmers from clubs as far afield as Oban and Stranraer. This year’s event was held in Sheffield on October 6th with 39 counties and more than 1,000 swimmers taking part. It’s a highly competitive and fast paced event, with racing taking place across two pools simultaneously.

Scotland West finished as runners up in last year’s competition, but a large number of new swimmers in the team meant this year’s ranking was far lower. The team outperformed expectations racking up a record 22 top 10 finishes – including five victories – to claim equal fourth place.

For the Inverclyde pair, it proved a successful meet. Aimee was swimming the breaststroke leg of the girls 14-15 years 200m medley relay. Seeded fourth going in to the event, the team stepped it up a gear to power home to a big win in the final, taking victory over their nearest rivals by nearly 2 seconds.

Matthew was swimming the boys 14-15 100m breaststroke and the breaststroke leg of the boys 200m medley relay. In the individual event, Matthew swam a great race to finish sixth overall, matching his performance from last year and achieving a new PB. In the relay event the team put in a solid performance to take sixth place.

The club’s head coach Shirley Reford was once again asked to be part of the coaching team for the event and was delighted with the performance. She commented: “The team spirit was amazing and considering there were 14 rookies in the team the result far exceeded our pre-meet ranking and expectations. All the juniors swam brilliantly, helped by the team ethos and atmosphere which was electric throughout. Every single member of the team played a part and the younger members of the team soaked up the experience with the support and guidance of the rest of the others.”

If you are interested in your child joining the swimming club email membership@inverclydeasc.co.uk for more information or to book a place on the October assessment.

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