City Of Glasgow Swim Team Graded Meet 2019

Ailie Brown

Jersey Swimming Club coaches Ailie Brown and Andy Aird took a small team of 6 away to compete in Scotland at a Level 2 City of Glasgow Graded Meet being held at the Tollcross 50m, 10 lane swimming pool.

Unlike JSC's Summer Graded Meet where the competition is banded into 2 levels, this meet was more like an Age Group Meet. For one swimmer it was an early return home due to ill health but for the rest, some competing in a 50m pool for the very first time, it was exciting times and all were looking forward to the new experience of a Long Course Meet.

Alexander Germain - the only boy in the 11/12 year age group enjoyed and excelled, competing in 6 events proving his ability in the 50m pool by gaining personal best times in all 6 races - in particular the 100 freestyle lowered his time by 6 seconds.

In the 13/14 age group, 3 JSC girls competed: Amelia Germain, Amelia Maddison, & Claire Le Fondre. All gained valuable experience from the competition but more notably would be Maddison's experience of competing in a heat with a false start. She handled the situation well and went on to come 5th in her heat. All 3 gained pbs in all of their events. Amelia Germain finishing in 8th place in the 100 Breaststroke.

Liberty Carstairs had an outstanding weekend in the 14/15 age group, gaining Gold in the 50 Free and Silver in the 100 free. No other medals but strong finishings - 5th in 50 Backstroke, 6th in 50 Breaststroke, 7th in both 50 Butterfly and 100 Breaststroke.

All 4 girls took to the water for the relays, 200 free & 200 IM and in an event which they are not used to competing in, finishing in a very proud 6th.

Newly qualified JSC's Judge 1, Clare Germain took the opportunity to officiate at the event gaining valuable experience to bring home to the Channel Meets.

With over 500 swimmers taking part in the event, the JSC swimmers can be proud of their achievements at this competition and certainly leave with an insight as to what it's like to swim at a long course event of this size.