The finals of these championships were held on 7th & 8th March 2009 at Glenrothes. All top swimmers from clubs throughout the Lothians, the Borders and Fife had qualified and the competition, as you would imagine, was very tough.
Midlothian swimmers were involved in the very first event with Jo Pettitt and Fiona Inglis competing in the 12/13 years 100m freestyle. Both girls had been suffering for a considerable time with viruses and were not quite at their best, but performed really well under the circumstances. In the boys same event, Euan Waugh got his first PB of the weekend by just under a second.
The next event, the 10/11 100 backstroke gave new PBs to Beth Denholm, Olivia McGinley and Sarah Sommerville. The boys, Michael Flynn got a massive 6.5 second PB and was 1st reserve for the finals. Tom Dryden also did a 6.5second PB and went into the finals in 5th position. He managed to take another 1.5 seconds off his heat time finishing 3rd and taking Midlothian’s first medal of the Weekend!
In the 14/15 years 100m breaststroke, Lisa Fraser produced a personal best swim and in the corresponding boy’s event, Chris Kerr was just outside his best in qualifying for the final. The final was a very tight affair with Chris just being edged out of the medals into 4th place, however he did reduce his personal best by almost one second in the process which also broke his existing club record.
In the girls 15/16 year old medley relay our team of Laura Gray, Rachel Gibson, Vicky McFarlane and Nicola Thorburn also finished 4th.
Session 2 saw Robbie Dalgetty swim his 100m butterfly in a time which was just on his PB. This was followed by a great swim from Nicola Thorburn in the 100m freestyle, when she managed to produce her 1st PB in the event for some time, a result thoroughly deserved due to the hard work she had put in. Rachel Gibson had also qualified for this event and swam only slightly outside her best despite having missed a lot of training leading up to this weekend.
Euan Waugh got another PB in the 12/13 boys 100m backstroke and Cheryl MacLaren in the 10/11 girls 100 breaststroke got a 2 second PB in her first East District event finishing 12th overall.
The Boys 10/11 100 Breaststroke started with Michael Flynn in the slowest heat taking over 7 seconds off his time putting him in the fastest position for the Final. Tom Dryden took 3 seconds off his time and was 2nd reserve for the final. In the Final Michael, was just outside his qualifying time and got himself a bronze for his hard work.
The 10/11 year old girls had a Freestyle relay made up of Olivia McGinley, Sarah Sommerville, Cheryl MacLaren and Beth Denholm. They finished a respectable 7th place.
This session was brought to an end with the 15/16 year old girl’s team finishing in 4th place again, this time in the freestyle relay.
Sunday morning’s session saw Lisa Fraser produce her second PB of the weekend with a good 100m freestyle swim. In the same event, Lindsay Sinclair, whose health had also suffered in the weeks prior to the weekend, was only slightly outside her best.
In the boys event there was a fantastic swim from Robbie Dalgetty who smashed his previous best. He reduced his time by over 2 seconds and broke the 60 second barrier for the first time, finishing with a 58.36.
Euan Waugh got himself a third PB of the weekend in his 100m Breaststroke. Well done Euan, keep up the hard work!
In the 16 years & over girls 100m backstroke event, Nicola Thorburn capped a great weekend for her with a very good PB.
The boys 10/11 100m Fly was saved to the end as it became a straight final. Tom Dryden swam an amazing first 50m creating a huge lead and then had to fight to stay there for the second 50m. He managed it and won Gold with an 8 second PB.
A great finish to the third session.
The final session saw a good swim from Jo Pettitt in the 12/13 100m butterfly finishing with a good PB.
The 10/11 girls had Olivia McGinley and Sarah Sommerville both getting PBs in their 100m freestyle. Olivia has been fighting health problems recently and has been finding her swimming tough, well done!
Michael Flynn and Tom Dryden battled it out again in the 100m freestyle. Both boys got 2 second PBs, Tom was 2nd reserve for the Final and Michael had to do it again. In the Final, he swam just outside his time and finished 6th. Both boys had a tough weekend which requires a huge amount of stamina. Hopefully it is an experience they will remember and come back to fight again.
Shortly after, Robbie Dalgetty and Lisa Fraser narrowly missed the finals of their 100m backstroke events, both finishing as first reserves with Lisa making it 3 PBs from 3 swims. Both these swimmers will still be eligible to swim in the same age group next year so the prospects look good for then.
In the girls 16 years and over, Rachel Gibson was again only marginally outside her best in the 100m breaststroke.
The last event involving Midlothian swimmers was the girls 13/14 years freestyle relay which produced one of the most exiting races of the weekend. The team of Fiona Inglis, Jo Pettitt, Lisa Fraser and Lindsay Sinclair produced a great performance claiming the silver medal narrowly missing out on becoming district champions by 0.34 seconds. In the process they broke the senior club record which had stood for 13 years.
Colin and Lesley