EAST Lothian Swim Team (ELST) equalled their best finish at the Scottish National Age Group Championships (SNAGs) held at the Aberdeen Aquatics Centre last week.

Nearly 100 teams from all over Scotland took part and ELST finished third overall.

ELST’s 45 swimmers returned home with a total of 41 individual medals, as well as four relay prizes.

The girls’ medal winners were as follows:

l Tegan Black (16 years) – Three bronze medals (400m individual medley (IM), 800m and 1,500m freestyle);

l Grace Hanak (15 years) – Bronze in the 200m breaststroke;

l Zara Krawiec (14 years) – Nine medals in total, including seven golds in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle, 100m and 200m butterfly, and 200m backstroke;

l Anna Lawson (14 years) – Gold in the 50m freestyle, breaking the East District Age Group record for the event in the heat and then again in the final;

l Helen Stoddart (16 years) – Bronze in the 50m butterfly.

The boys had an equally impressive meet, the medallists being:

l Ross Anderton (15 years) – Bronze in the 200m butterfly;

l Conner Aspinall (14 years) – Six medals in total, with five of these gold (200m, 400m, 800m and 1,500m freestyle, and 400m IM);

l Luke Hornsey (17-18 years) – Five medals in total, taking three golds in the 400m, 800m and 1,500m freestyle events;

l Stefan Krawiec (17-18 years) – Nine medals in total, eight of which were gold (100m and 200m butterfly, 50m and 100m breaststroke, 50m and 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 200m IM);

l Calum Peebles (17-18 years) – Two silvers in the 100m and 200m backstroke events;

l Zach Slater (16 years) – One gold (50m freestyle) and two silvers in the 100m and 200m freestyle events.

As well as those medallists, the following swimmers performed extremely well to make individual finals in this national event, with many of them making multiple finals: Eilidh Armstrong, Emma Finlay, Lucy Hall, Lewis Lothian, Ava Marko, India Marshall, Alex Taylor, Isla Whetton, and Owen Williamson.

In the relay events, ELST secured four medals:

l The boys in the 17 and overs age group (Luke Hornsey, Stefan Krawiec, Calum Peebles and Owen Williamson) won a silver and a bronze in the freestyle relays, breaking the Scottish National Junior record in the 4x200m freestyle with a time of 7m50.39s.

l The 14-16 years’ girls (Zara Krawiec, Lucy Hall, Helen Stoddart and Tegan Black) won the silver medal in the 4x200m freestyle and, with Anna Lawson replacing Hall in the line-up, added a bronze in the 4x100m freestyle.

Jamie Ward, ELST head coach, was delighted with the team’s performance over the five days.

He said: “My coaches and I are immensely proud of our swimmers for their efforts in Aberdeen.

“To finish third overall despite our size is a testament to everyone involved with the team.

“This equals the team’s best ever finish at SNAGs and continues our legacy and growth as a top-level team in Scotland.”