12/10/11 1sts vs. Aberdeen

Edinburgh’s 1st team swimmers got off to a brilliant start in the league on Wednesday 12th October, with a convincing overall victory of 135-113 away to Aberdeen.

The men’s was a close-run match, with the finishing result a 62-all draw. With only six swimmers the guys were stretched, and after losing the first relay it was a disappointing start for Edinburgh. Despite points being collected equally on both sides throughout the 100s, Aberdeen had the edge. However notable swims from newcomers Jack Holroyd and Nicholas Quinn kept Edinburgh in the fight. Holroyd had the unenviable task of swimming back to back 100s in backstroke and breaststroke, but put in excellent swims placing 1st and 4th respectively; while Quinn won the 100 breaststroke with an exceptional time. Quinn has also been selected for the European Short Course Championships 2011, to be held in Szczecin, Poland, this December. Both Holroyd and Quinn have proven themselves to be valuable additions to the men’s 1st team. After clinching more points in the 50s events the boys hammered Aberdeen in the freestyle relays, scoring those all-important points for the draw.

The girls 1st team’s decisive 73-51 victory was a reflection of the great swims from all eight Edinburgh ladies. Relays were close and fast, but with Edinburgh coming out on top. The 100m events were dominated by the girls, with a particularly impressive performance from Captain Gayle Biggart, who swam an impressive 100m breaststroke, coming from behind to claim 2nd place, followed by a 200m freestyle in which she gained a very respectable 3rd. Edinburgh also excelled in the 50s events, particularly breaststroke, with Andrew Strachan and Rachel Smithers coming in 1st and 2nd. A close result but with a great outcome, the 1st team are pleased with their first match performance and are in a strong position at the start of this SSS (Scottish Student Sport) season.

Sally Abernethy