A small team of Midlothian swimmers travelled to the newly refurbished Carnegie Leisure centre in Dunfermline on the 21st/22nd January 2012. As this was very early in the season it was going to be interesting to see how they performed.
First to swim was Amy Sylvester in the 200m IM where she had a fairly good swim slightly outside her best. In the youngest age group, Anna MacKay, despite not having trained consistently due to illness, turned in a very good swim in the 100m freestyle reducing her time by over 2 seconds. Next, Iain Doyle and Beth McFarlane had good swims in the 100m backstroke, both reduced their times and in Iain’s case by a very impressive 8 seconds.
The afternoon session got off to a good start with Lauren Sutherland claiming our first medal of the meet taking Gold, in the 100m freestyle by reducing her time by 3 seconds. In this event, Beth McFarlane also produced a good PB. In the boys freestyle both Ross Muego and Iain Doyle reduced their times significantly, with Ross claiming the bronze in a very close event. Medal number three was also a bronze won by Jenny Jubb in the 100m breaststroke with a very good PB and in the same event; Amy Sylvester knocked 2 seconds off her time and Beth Gray marginally bettered her time.
Jenny won another bronze in another personal best time in the 100m freestyle with Beth Gray and Prentice Robertson also producing PBs. In the same session, Lauren Sutherland won the 100m breaststroke event improving her time significantly in the process.
The final session got off to a good start with Jenny Jubb, Ross Muego and Iain Doyle all reducing their times by huge margins in the 400m freestyle. In the same event, Nikki Pettitt also had a very good swim. Although not her best time, it was encouraging as Nikki had missed a lot of training through injury. In the 100m breaststroke, Anna MacKay just missed out on a medal finishing a very close 4th. Lauren Sutherland suffered the same fate in the 100m butterfly; however she did swim a very good PB. Not to be outdone, Beth McFarlane won Gold in this event with a very good swim, finishing well clear of her rivals. The final event was the 100m backstroke and Prentice Robertson capped a fine day by bettering his time.