Final gala win caps glorious season for Claymores

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The 2013 swimming season ended on Saturday night with the Carnoustie Claymores winning the last Midlands Division Two gala at Montrose Swimming Pool in convincing style.

The Claymores have won all four league galas this season and were crowned champions winning promotion to Division One for next season.

This is an exceptional feat for the Claymores at the end of only their second year officially competing in the Midland’s District Leagues.

The Claymores’ swimmers had an exceptional night winning the gala by 35 points: Carnoustie Claymores, 160 points; Montrose Seals, 125 points; Brechin Beavers, 101 points; Forfar Falcons, 43 points.

The sense of team spirit was evident across the entire team and the atmosphere at the pool was incredible due to the large vocal support of friends and family.

Swimmers taking part in Saturday’s gala were:

Nine and under boys – Kyan Low, Angus Milne, Alex Mitchell, Denzhe Ratshilumela and Blair Milne.

Nine and under girls – Emily Cattanach, Lauren Sainsbury, Hannah Ingram, Louise Melville, Isla Kydd, Rebekah Walker, Rachel Milne and Emily Noble.

10-11 boys – Ryan Duncan, Greg Oliphant, Josh Craigie, Adam Shepherd and Luke Gregory.

10-11 girls – Chloe Cameron, Abbie Low, Robyn Firth, Lucy Mitchell and Matilda McBean.

12-13 boys – Paul Thomson, Thomas Shepherd, Ethan Doherty, Joe Garven, Kai Hutton and Callum Lang.

12-13 girls – Stefanie Walters, Tamzin Firth, Niamh Baillie, Sarah Oliphant, Holly Milne and Gabby Mulgrew.

14 and over boys – Dan Cattanach, Kelvin Walling, Cameron Taylor and Ben Harper.

14 and over girls – Katie Wallace, Karys Torrie, Phoebe Doherty, Chloe Brown, Rebecca Cook and Alex McCombie.

Head coach Andy Johnston said: “It is a privilege to be involved with a community club that has the ambition, drive, motivation and professionalism to succeed. Everyone involved from committee members, coaches, swimmers, STOs, club volunteers and supporting parents should all be very proud of the achievements the club has made in the three years of our existence.

“It is a truly phenomenal community achievement! Well done everyone!”