Success for Upper Deeside

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Seven young Upper Deeside swimmers travelled to Cults for the annual Otters Mini Meet last month.

The squad included rookies Alistair Tapper from Aboyne, and brothers Bob and Sam Cain from Dess.

Calum Young from Torphins won the trophy for the best 10-year-old boy, with a gold medal, two silvers and a bronze.

Emily Hazley from Ballater took gold in the 50m breaststroke, and bronze in the 50m freestyle.

UDASC medley relay team of Bob Cain, Emily Hazley, Calum Young and Ossian Arthur managed to hold on comfortably to their place ahead of Aberdeen A to take the silver medal while Ossian Arthur, and Cameron McGowan also won individual medals.

Coach Jude McGowan, said: “We had a great day. I was delighted to see how well our swimmers came together as a team and really supported each other.

“Despite a few DQs, which are not uncommon at this stage of competition, all of them put in some very good individual performances. Alistair Tapper in particular achieved two excellent personal best times in butterfly and freestyle. I’m very proud of all of them!”