This year’s Scottish Schools Championships were held at the Dollan Aqua Centre in East Kilbride on 28th January 2012. As this pool is considerably smaller than Tollcross, where the championships are normally held, the number of swimmers was much reduced this year. For this reason, the five Midlothian swimmers who did qualify, had to swim extremely well in the heats. Ross Muego, Beth McFarlane, Beth Denholm, Kimberley MacKay and Andrew Denholm all reached the finals after producing excellent heat swims. Unfortunately Beth Denholm missed the finals due to illness but the other 4 acquitted themseves really well.
Andrew came in for his swim in the 50m breaststroke from a reserve position but was not daunted and swam a really good race.
Beth MacFarlane recovered from a poor start in the 200m breaststroke to produce a storming finish overtaking several swimmers in the final 25m. She swam even better in the 100m event where despite being a year younger than most of the other swimmers, she finished a creditable 9th.
Ross performed really well in the 100m breaststroke taking into account that this was by far the highest level he has competed at to date.
Kimberley MacKay, also produced a storming finish in the 200m freestyle to claim the silver medal in the closest swim of the day with only 0.3 seconds separating the first 3. In her other event, the 100m freestyle, she finished 4th in another close finish.
All in all, this was excellent experience for our swimmers which will serve them well in the future.