Peebles win overall while last splash lands Gala swimmers medley trophy

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The third and final round of the Borders Swimming League took place at Hawick on Sunday, with all clubs still in contention for honours at the start of the day.

It was Peebles who swept all their Border Rivals aside, collecting five out of the seven trophies available, cleaning up in the Boys and Girls 10 and 12-year-old age group sections to become overall junior champions.

Not to be outdone, Gala ASC collected the overall individual medley trophy, with Duns securing the Intermediate Shield.

Although Gala were unable to field their strongest team, they performed exceptionally well, punching above their weight with some very strong swims and plenty of personal bests thrown in for good measure.

Gala ASC spokesman Douglas Watt told The Southern: “Winning the IM trophy was a just reward for their efforts over the three rounds with a number of the younger swimmers showing that Gala are well placed to seriously challenge Peebles next year.”

The Gala team on the day consisted of Andrew Berlansky, Laura Frizzel, Ryan Goudie, Andrew Watt, Lucy D’Agrosa, Ellie Glendinning, Sarah Frizzel, Jake Shepherd, Bethany Hamilton, Anna D’Agrosa, Meghan Campbell, Hannah Bradley, Rose Moncur, Ciaran Corcoran, Bailey MacLeod, Courtney Stewart, Matthew Kirk, Erin Liddle, Finlay Thomson and Sam Shepherd.

Two Gala ASC members who usually compete in the Border League were at Bathgate competing in the SWL IM Tough Meet over the weekend and although they missed out on the fun at Hawick they made up for it with some truly fantastic swimming.

Lindsay Jack had a PB in the 200m freestyle and also collected gold in the 400m free and 50m backstroke, gaining a club record in the process.

Elsbeth Roper had a huge PB in the 200m free, where she won silver and then smashed her PB in the 200m breaststroke when she collected gold with a meet and club record swim.

“Well done to all our swimmers who competed this weekend, the club is extremely proud of them all,” added Mr Watt.