Scottish Schools Finals 2018 News Report

A strong team of swimmers representing North Lanarkshire travelled to East Kilbride on 27 January to compete in the Scottish Schools National Swimming Championships.  Swimmers were selected to participate in this competition based on the results of the North Lanarkshire Schools Competition held this past November.

Competing against the best in the country, our swimmers showed their mettle throughout the day, earning many places on the podium and well in the hunt for medals in nearly every event.

Secondary school swimmers can qualify for a maximum of two events while Primary school swimmers are allowed to compete in one event.

Several of our local swimmers earned special recognition for exceptional swims.

Leading the medal charge was Giano Napolitano of Dalziel High School, who earned a Gold medal in the 17-19 year old boys 200 metre Individual Medley and returned to the pool a short time later to grab a Silver in the Boys Open 400 metre Individual Medley.

Thomas Balfour of Brannock High School, Greg Fairbairn of Chryston High School and Cameron Creaney of St Maurices High School each captured two medals.  Thomas swam his way to a Silver medal in the 17-19 year old Boys  100 metre Butterfly to go with a Bronze in the 200 metre Butterfly, while Greg sped to a Bronze in a tightly contested 15-16 year old Boys 200 metre Freestyle, only to return and grab Silver in the 200 metre Breaststroke.  Cameron Creaney powered his way to a Silver in the 13-14 year old Boys 200 metre Butterfly and a Bronze in the 100 metre Freestlye.

Elle O’Reilly of Our Lady’s High School swam a fantastic race to capture a Silver in the 15-16 year old Girls 100 metre Butterfly, while Aimee-Cara Seggie of Whitelees Primary grabbed a well deserved Silver in the 12 and under Girls 50 metre Breaststroke.

Well done to all team members who represented North Lanarkshire with passion and determination throughout the day.