East District Age Group Championships
The finals of the 100m events from this year’s East District Age Group Championships were held at Glenrothes on 19th/20th March 2011.
Due to illness Midlothian had a small team competing, however those who did, performed extremely well. First to swim were Kimberley MacKay and Beth Denholm in the 12/13 years 100m freestyle. Both girls reduced their personal best times significantly and despite being younger than most of the other girls, Kimberley reached the final where she finished 6th reducing her time further in the process.
In the youngest age group, Beth McFarlane recorded a personal best in the 100m backstroke. She then sliced 3 seconds from her 100m breaststroke time as she eased into the final. Beth then swam slightly faster again in a very fast race which saw her win the silver medal.
In the same event, Jenny Timoney who had done so well to qualify swam an impressive race in the heats reducing her time by almost 2 seconds.
The next day, Beth McFarlane was back in the pool, this time setting a personal best in the 100m butterfly, narrowly missing qualification for the final.
Kimberley MacKay and Beth Denholm swam really well in the 100m breaststroke heats, Kimberley reached the final and Beth finished 7th.
In the final, Kim produced another great swim claiming the bronze medal.
In the 14/15 years 100m freestyle, Fiona Inglis swam to form missing the final by only about 1 second.
This session saw the first of our relay teams in action and what a result they produced. The team of Hebe Ramsay, Beth Denholm, Kimberley MacKay and Lauren Sutherland took the Gold in the 12 years, 4 x 50m Medley event to become East District Champions.
In the following session, the same team of girls again swam their hearts out in the 4 x 50m freestyle relay. This time they missed out on the silver medal by 0.5 seconds but won the bronze.
In between, Beth McFarlane capped a fine weekend with a huge personal best in the 100m freestyle and Andrew Denholm swam well in the corresponding boy’s event. Also in this session, Kimberley MacKay reduced her time by well over 1 second in the 100m butterfly.
The majority of these swimmers, joined by Jenny Jubb and Calum Archibald will move on to their next challenge in April when they compete in the Scottish Age Group Championships in Glasgow.