CARNEGIE Swimming Club made a splash at the Scottish National Age Group Championships thanks to a gold rush from Ellie Turner.
A large contingent of their young members took to the pool in Aberdeen for this year’s event and returned south with 11 medals after a fine meet.
And it was Turner, who last year was a triple gold medallist in the girls 11-13 years age category, who led the way after repeating the feat at the 14 years age group.
She also found room in her swim bag for two silver medals.
The talented Woodmill High School pupil last year became a national champion in the 400 metres individual medley, 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke – in which she broke the Scottish age group record – and 12 months on she proved to be the backstroke queen once more.
Turner’s haul of gold started in the 200m backstroke where, after qualifying for the final second, she stormed to victory in a time of 2:20.27, 1.65 seconds ahead of second-placed Iona MacLeod of Dundee City Aquatics.
That was followed by success in the 100m swim, again after qualifying in second, with a time of 1:06.41 before the 13-year-old completed her golden hat-trick in the 50m, clocking a time of 31.17.
Silver medals arrived in the 400m and 800m freestyle, while final appearances in the 1400m freestyle (fifth, 1:00.53), 200m individual medley (fifth, 2:29.51), 100m breaststroke (ninth, 1:20.18) and the 50m butterfly, where she finished fourth in 30.28, just 0.39 seconds behind third-placed Eve Corrigan of Warrender, followed.
Turner’s impressive haul capped off a terrific week that also saw her called up to the Scottish Youth Development squad for a meet in Portugal at the beginning of June.
Team-mate Morven Lister was also in the medals and, like Turner, stepped on to the podium in three backstroke events.
Clocking a time of 2:25.22, she won bronze in the 200m before adding another in the 100m with a time of 1:08.08, having qualified for the final in fifth place.
Lister then added a superb silver medal in the 50m, just 0.07 seconds behind her team-mate.
She had additional final appearances in the 200m individual medley and 50m butterfly, where she finished seventh in both, with times of 2:31.12 and 30.85 respectively.
In the boys 15 years age group, Calum Hillis, 15, picked up two bronze medals in the 1500m freestyle (17:39.36) and the 800m freestyle (9:10.55), while 16-year-old Greig Rowe – also called up to swim for Scotland in Portugal – enjoyed a third place finish in the boys 16 years 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:09.02.
Hillis also reached the finals of the 200m backstroke and 400m freestyle while Rowe, who also finished eighth in the 16 years 50m butterfly, just missed out on medals in four other events.
He finished fourth in the 200m breaststroke, 50m breaststroke, 400m individual medley and 200m individual medley, with his times of 2:29.76, 31.39, 4:49.50 and 2:17.82 being just 1.36, 0.15, 1.37 and 1.19 seconds respectively behind the third-placed swimmer.
Other finalists who came close to medals during a successful meet for Carnegie included Fraser Beeby, Freya Bisht, Rebecca Braid, Eilidh Collyer, Ruairidh Lawless, Jessica McKee, Joanna Rae and Levi Wilson.