Our 2020 Clyde Coast Mini League challenge began with the first of two visits to Drumchapel pool in Glasgow and valuable points on the board.
“It was an exciting and a predictably noisy start to the campaign!” says Junior Coach Alan Dickson.
Our swimmers snatched a number of race victories, and a full squad ensured we seized every chance to put clear water between us and our rivals Renfrew Baths and Kilmarnock.
“There was the real potential for an upset,” continues Alan, “and I’m very pleased to have secured second place behind City of Glasgow. We had a couple of late call-offs and we had to shuffle the squad around.”
Our team held second place from the outset, and although City of Glasgow pulled steadily ahead on points through the 46 races, we never looked likely to get pushed down the order.
The Mini League format rewards teams with a good spread of talent across the ages and the strokes.
“With the rules about only having two individual swims it means quite often swimmers don’t end up doing their favourite events,” says Alan.
“That was the case with Adam Saunderson who recorded our biggest PB of the day in his least-favoured event – 50m breast – taking off 17 seconds. I can see how much he’s enjoying his swimming and that stroke has come on leaps and bounds.
“Sam Currie pulled out all the stops in the 25m sprints after recovering from a really bad knee injury. He PB’d both of the events and it was great to see him executing the plan.
“It thought last year’s crop of 11 -year-old girls were good but Emma Binnie, Kate Stuart, Niamh Hamilton and Molly Tulloch were all superb and I logged some faster times than in the relays last year, so I’m really looking to see how they progress in the next rounds.
“Emma’s 100m fly was a 5 second PB, Kate PB’d her backstroke, Niamh improved in the 100m breaststroke.
“The biggest congratulations must go to youngest boys. We had three boys swimming who just six weeks ago weren’t even part of the club, and still in lessons, so it’s a big thanks to Aiden Matchett, Cameron Cowie and Niall Hamilton. If it hadn’t been for them stepping up – in what is quite a daunting arena with the crowd and the noise – we wouldn’t have been able to put a full team together.
“The great news for the club is that at least two of them will be able to compete in the 8 and under category again next year!”
Round 2 will see us return to Drumchapel where Milngavie and Bearsden are the hosts, and Ren96 and Dunoon complete the quartet.