North Lanarkshire Schools Swimming Championships 2018 News Report
Swimmers from the Cumbernauld Swimming Club descended upon the Matt Busby Centre in Bellshill last Wednesday to compete in the North Lanarkshire Schools Swimming Competition. Swimmers look forward to this competition as it allows them bragging rights throughout North Lanarkshire as well as providing a vehicle to the National Schools Competition in January for those who make the grade.
Michael Flynn turned in a dominant performance in the Boys 15-16 age group, striking Gold in the 400 metre and 200 metre Freestyle events as well as the 100 and 200 metre Backcrawl events. Joining Michael on the podium in this age group were Cameron Creaney with double Gold in the 100 and 200 metre Butterfly and a Bronze in the 100 metre Freestyle, Jonathan Cameron who captured Silver in the100 metre Freestyle and a Brace of Bronze in the 100 and 200 metre Backcrawl events, Cameron Neilson with a double Silver in the 100 and 200 metre Breaststroke and Ben Brown with a Silver in the 400 metre Freestyle.
In the 13-14 year old Boys category Seth Knox turned in a dominant performance with Gold in the 100 and 200 metre Freestyle as well as the 100 metre Butterfly. Teammate Lewis Crosthwaite struck Gold in both the 200 metre Individual Medley and the 100 metre Breaststroke to go with a Bronze in the 100 metre Freestyle, while Matthew McEwan was also a triple medallist with a Gold in the 200 metre Freestyle, Silver in the 100 metre Butterfly and Bronze in the 200 metre Backstroke. Luke Johnson powered his way to Gold in the 200 metre Breaststroke while also capturing Silver in the 100 metre Freestyle.
In the Boys 12 and under category Tristan Shepherd captured Gold in bot the 50 metre Freestyle and Backcrawl as well as a Silver in the 50 metre Breaststroke. Alfie Smith Bronze in both the 50 metre Breaststroke and Butterfly and Alfie Letham grabbed a Silver in the 50 metre Butterfly.
Senior statesman Euan McDonald, competing in the 17-19 year age group, made 4 trips to the podium, swimming his way to Gold in both the 00 and 200 metre Backstroke to go with a Silver in the 100 metre Freestyle and Bronze in the 100 metre Butterfly.
The girls were equally competitive throughout the day with several noteworthy performances. Elle O’Reilly, Georgia Knox and Nicole Flynn each bagged a pair of Gold medals. Elle, swimming in the Girls age 15-16 group, struck Gold in both the 200 metre Individual Medley and the 100 metre Butterfly to go with a Silver in the 400 metre Freestyle. while Georgia captured both the 100 and 200 metre Backstroke Gold to go with a Bronze in the 200 metre Individual Medley. Nicole doubled down on the 100 metre and 200 metre Butterfly to go with a Bronze in the 200 metre Freestyle in the girls Age 13-14 group.
Kelsey Corley made 2 trips to the podium in the Age 15-16 group, capturing Bronze in both the 100 metre Freestyle and Butterfly events. Emma Jeffrey added a Gold in the 100 metre Freestyle and Claire Turriff grabbed a Silver in the 200 metre Freestyle. Hazel Lees rounded out the silverware in this age group with a Bronze medal swim in the 400 metre Individual Medley.
Beth Wilson and Hannah Liddle each made 2 trips to the medal stand in the Girls age 13-14 category. Beth swam her way to Silver medals in both the 100 metre Backstroke and Freestyle races, while Hannah powered her way to Silver in the 200 metre Backcrawl and grabbed a Bronze in the 100 metre Backcrawl.
A fantastic day for our local swimmers, many of whom qualified for the National Championships in January! Well done swimmers!