Aberdeen Aquatic Championships
The weekend was a combination of water polo and swimming, with EUSWPC having strong representation in all events.
In water polo, all four teams were represented at the event. Each team had to play two half games to get put forward to the semi-finals.
The women’s first played St Andrews and Dundee in the first round. They dominated both matches, even with only 8 players, progressing through to the semi-finals with ease. In the semis, they played our very own women’s seconds team, which ended with a 9-3 win. Before this St Andrews, who they had already played earlier in the day, had left putting them at an automatic win.
The Queens (women’s seconds) played first against Aberdeen, and then St Andrews, sadly losing both matches. Because there were only 5 teams at the competition, they managed to get through to the semis on goal difference, which drew them against the women’s firsts from Edinburgh. After a strong first quarter in the semis, where the queens were up 3-1, they ended in a 9-3 loss. In the end, the queens came second to the firsts which was a fantastic result for the team.
Men’s first were scheduled to play Menziehill and Strathclyde in the first round. Menziehill had pulled out of the competition which meant the men won by default in that game but went on to prove themselves in their game against Strathclyde with a convincing win. In the semis, the firsts once again dominated Aberdeen, putting them into the finals.
The Flies (men’s seconds) had to play Aberdeen and RGU in the first round of games. The team looked really strong and managed to win both games. In the semifinals they once again played RGU and in another strong game were successful in the win, also putting them through to the finals. The men’s first beat the flies in the finals, once again making it an Edinburgh 1-2 domination in the water polo, so HUGE well done to all the teams.
Some players entered both the water polo and swimming events; which is super tough, so a particular congratulations to all those who were kept busy with both events.
Well done to everyone who swam; we posted some super fast times and there were even a couple PBs! Special mention to: Jenn Davis for her second-lifetime best time in the 50 breaststroke; and Robbie Czajka for his PBs in the 50 and 100 back! Also Queens Catie Magrath and Hanna Smith finaled in the 50 fly and 25 free respectively.
Big shout-out to the gold medal winning 4×50 mixed MEDLEY relay A team: Findlay Douglas, Cesca Christophersen, Dan Baraclough and Beth Armour. The mixed 4×50 FREESTYLE relay A team won silver: Adam Meek, Jenn Davis, Cesca Christophersen and Dan Baraclough.
Individual medal winners were:
Jenn Davis – Gold 100 IM, Gold 50 free Cesca Christophersen – Gold 100 breast, Gold 50 breast, Bronze 50 fly Dan Baraclough – Gold 50 fly, Gold 50 free Findlay Douglas – Gold 50 breast Kirsten Duncan – Silver 100 breast, Bronze 50 breast, Bronze 50 free Beth Armour – Silver 50 free, Bronze 50 back Robbie Czajka – Silver 100 back Nicole Stanton – Bronze 100 back
We would like to thank everyone from EUSWPC as well as all the organisers from Aberdeen for putting on the event. Edinburgh had such a good weekend, with successes in all events in the championships, as well as keeping a really good team spirit both in and out the pool. Good hustle team! #EUSWPCforever
For the full album of photos from the event, check out our Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/148887133@N02/albums/72157680293577685