Helensburgh Amateur Swimming club swimmers hosted the annual Argyll & Clyde Championships at Helensburgh pool on 15 September. Clubs taking part included Inverclyde, Dunoon, Oban, Kintyre and Helensburgh. A whopping thirty five medals in total were won by Helensburgh swimmers, 20 Gold, 3 silver and 12 Bronze. It was a long day including an evening session but that didn’t stop the swimmers from performing consistently well all day.
Special mention goes to four swimmers who secured medals in all of their races Ethan Parsons swimming in the male age 11 group secured 2 gold and 1 silver medal, Roisin Kavanagh swimming in the female 12 age groups secured 5 golds, Alex Johnson swimming in the male 16 age group secured 3 golds and Georgina Jennings- Maun swimming in the female 17 age group secured 1 gold.
A further four swimmers returned excellent performances securing medals in all but one of their races. Iona McGarry, swimming in the female 8 age group secured 2 golds, 1 silver and a 5th place, Lance McMahon also swimming in the age 8 group won 1 gold, 2 bronze and a 6th place, Alice Cumming swimming in the female 10 age groups secured 4 golds and a 7th place and Jasmine Mansfield swimming in the female 15 age group secured 1 gold and a 5th place.
Further gold medal winners were Fergus McEwan swimming in the male 10 age group, he secured 1 gold a 4th and a 7th place and Kirsty Trail swimming in the female 13 age group secured 1 gold, 1 bronze a 6th and 7th place.
The remaining individual medal winners were:
- Silver medal winners: Theodore Stalin who won 1 silver and 1 bronze and Sandy Barbour with 1 silver.
- Bronze medal winners: Louisa Brown with 3 bronze medals, Noah Watson and Robbie Barbour with 2 bronze medals each and Harris Maclean 1 bronze medal.
There were also some fabulous personal best times secured, 83 PBs were recorded throughout the day by Helensburgh swimmers. Thirteen swimmers secured personal best times in all of their events. Notable improvements were secured by Lilly Boultby who improved her 100m Butterfly by a massive 32.25 seconds and her 100m Breaststroke by 29.40 seconds. Harris Maclean swam his 200m Individual Medley an amazing 26.84 seconds faster, Joseph Alyward improved his time by a huge 26.00 seconds in the 200m freestyle, Abey Hennessey improved her 50m freestyle by an impressive 25.95 seconds and Tamas Mihaly improved his 200m freestyle by a very respectable 24.69 seconds.