Scottish Age Group Championships
A team of 5 Midlothian swimmers qualified to compete at this year’s Scottish Age Group Championships held at Tollcross, Glasgow over 4 days in April.
Although inexperienced at this level, they acquitted themselves really well and grew into the championships as they progressed, qualifying for a total of 10 finals between them.
The first day saw 3 Midlothian swimmers qualifying for the first final, the 10 – 12 years girls 100m breaststroke. Although, younger than most of the other girls in this event, Beth McFarlane swam a fantastic heat, reducing her time by over 1 second to join her team mates, Beth Denholm and Kimberley MacKay in the final. Kimberley was involved in the fight for the medals all the way and eventually claimed the bronze in a tight race. Beth Denholm finished 8th and Beth McFarlane 9th.
Also on the first day, Kimberley missed the final of the 100m backstroke by the narrowest of margins finishing 12th. This was followed by Beth Denholm swimming really well to finish 9th in the 400m freestyle.
Day 2 saw Kimberley in action again, this time in the 100m butterfly and again she qualified for the final this time finishing 8th. This event also featured Fiona Inglis who swam well in an event which is not her strongest.
However Fiona did not have long to wait for her more favoured 100m freestyle where she squeezed into the final, qualifying as 9th fastest. She consolidated this position in the final with another impressive swim.
The same event for the younger girls featured Beth Denholm and Kimberley MacKay. Kimberley qualified as fastest for the final, however in a very exiting race she narrowly missed out on taking the title finishing in the silver medal position.
In the very tough 200m Butterfly, Jenny Jubb swam well and improved her ranking position despite having missed a fair amount of training in the lead up.
The final day saw Fiona Inglis, Beth Denholm and Kimberley MacKay in action again. All 3 girls swam the 200m freestyle and Beth and Kimberley the 200m breaststroke. Kimberley reached both finals and Beth qualified for the breaststroke final.
The freestyle final was a very close race and despite Kimberley further reducing her time she was just squeezed out of the medals, missing out by around 1 second.
In the breaststroke final, Beth had a great swim to improve her position and finish 6th.