Young IASC swimmers in action at Grangemouth JAGS and MAGS produced an outstanding medal haul over the two days of competition.
JAGS is a graded meet, meaning swimmers must be slower than the entry time to compete. Graded competitions are designed to offer less experienced swimmers the opportunity to race and are the entry point to competitive swimming for many young athletes. MAGS is not graded, meaning the competition steps up a level, with swimmer up to 15 years old competing.
At the JAGS meet, IASC’s 16 swimmers won multiple medals, one ‘Too Fast’ award and a Best Boy and Best Girl award for the most impressive swimmers of the day. In recognition of the their success, IASC was awarded runner up for ‘Best Club’ against much bigger teams.
In the JAGS morning session it was the turn of the 10’s and under to compete, with many swimmers making their competitive debut. 7 year olds Mirrin Fay and Katie Deegan (who was celebrating her 7th birthday) more than held their own against the older competitors. Douglas Campbell impressed, coming 4th in the 50m backstroke and 6th in the 50m butterfly. Samuel McClumpha and Abi McAnerney also did well, and Abi was particularly unlucky not to medal in the 50m backstroke, when an accident against the wall robbed her of her commanding lead.
Highlights from the morning’s racing included a brilliant gold for Sophie Campbell in the 50m butterfly, 4th place for Oliver Jones in the 50m butterfly and a bronze and a 6th place for Isabella McClafferty in the 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle respectively. The boys relay team (Scott, Oliver, Douglas and Samuel) came 4th and the girls team (Isabella, Abi, Sophie and Eilidh) went one better and won a bronze medal.
Stars of the morning were undoubtedly Scott Brodie and Eilidh Melrose. Scott won gold in the 50m butterfly and silver in both the 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke. He then went on to win a ‘Too Fast’ award for the 50m freestyle. With those results, it was no surprise when Scott won the Best Boy award. Eilidh also put in a superb performance to win silver in the 50m breaststroke and 4th in both the 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle. And just like Scott, Eilidh was awarded the Best Girl award.
In the JAGS afternoon session it was the turn of the 11 and 12 year olds. The gauntlet was thrown down, but the older swimmers lived up to the challenge, with 100% PBs. More medals followed with Lewis Anderson winning gold in the 12 years 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle and silver in the 50m breaststroke. Kerr Melrose won gold in the 11 years 50m butterfly and came 4th in the 40m breaststroke.
For the girls, Katherine Simpson won two silver medals in the 12 years 50m breaststroke and the 50m freestyle. 11 year old Charlotte Jones bagged a silver in the 50m butterfly and a bronze in the 50m breaststroke. There were also a couple of 4th place finishes for the 11 year old girls, with Anna McClafferty in the 50m backstroke and Olivia McNally in the 50m breaststroke. The girls relay team rounded the day off with another great 4th place.
On the Sunday, it was the turn of the MAGS competition. 6 IASC swimmers were in action this time. Kiera McCrorey, Lewis Anderson and Connor McCrorey all performed well to achieve new PB times against some seriously strong opposition. Lucy Campbell, Mirren McConnell and Oliver Patton all recorded new PBs, and were delighted to come away with a hard won 6th place each – Lucy and Mirren in the 100m butterfly and Oliver in the 100m backstroke.
Coach Shirley Reford was pleased with the performance of all of the swimmers over the 2 days of competition. She commented: “There were stunning performances throughout the weekend with some great debuts from our younger swimmers. The team spirit was electric – there was such great camaraderie poolside with everyone supporting each other. It makes such a difference to the swimmers’ confidence. I was so proud of them all.”