East District Age Group Championships

The final round of these championships was moved to the newly opened pool at Bathgate and was held on 4th & 5th February 2012. Although the pool and surroundings were impressive, it was very cramped and extremely hot around the poolside. Undaunted though, our swimmers performed extremely well throughout, turning it into a very successful weekend. 

In the first event, the girls 100m butterfly a marginal PB from Kimberley MacKay was enough to see her through to the final to be held in the evening. Beth McFarlane, Beth Denholm, Fiona Inglis and Jenny Jubb also swam in this event, all slightly outside their best, however Hebe Ramsay swam a very good 2 second PB. 

In the boys 100m backstroke, Prentice Robertson bettered the personal best time he had only just swam 2 weeks previously and Ross Muego knocked 2 seconds off his time however was unfortunately disqualified. 

The girls 100m freestyle saw Fiona Inglis and Kimberley MacKay reach their respective finals. This was followed by Prentice swimming just on his PB in the 100m breaststroke. Ross Muego, who was going for a Scottish Age Group consideration time had unfortunately been ill in the lead up and despite a valiant effort, couldn’t quite manage the time. 

The afternoon session was taken up entirely by the girls 200m IM. There were personal best swims from Kimberley, Jenny and Sarah Eunson, with the other 5 girls who had qualified swimming just outside their best. Kimberley’s time was enough to reach the final where she set a new club record by reducing her time by almost another second to claim our first medal of the weekend, silver. 

The evening session comprised of finals and relays. Kimberley maintained her ranking to take the bronze in the 100m butterfly and finished 4th in the 100m freestyle. Fiona also finish 4th in her freestyle final, agonisingly missing out on a medal by a mere 0.12 seconds, however she did have the consolation of inching ever closer to the 60 second mark in a new club record time of 60.73. 

The final event of the day for our swimmers was the 13/14 years girls’ medley relay. Our team of Sarah Eunson, Beth Denholm, Kimberley MacKay and Lauren Sutherland were in the mix from the start. After a close race, they emerged with the bronze medal, all the girls swimming faster than their PBs. 

Day 2 started with Andrew Denholm in the 100m butterfly. Despite missing a lot of training recently, he did extremely well to finish just on his personal best time. Andrew was to repeat this later in the 100m freestyle. 

The girls 100m backstroke proved to be a good event for us. Hebe Ramsay and Sarah Eunson knocked over 2 seconds off their times, Sarah reaching her goal of a Scottish consideration time, however Hebe just fell short. Fiona Inglis, Beth McFarlane and Lauren Sutherland reduced their times by around 1 second and Kimberley MacKay reached her 4th final by reducing her time by 3 seconds. 

If the backstroke was good, the breaststroke was even better. Beth McFarlane produced a great heat swim to qualify for the final reducing her time by over 4 seconds. Good PBs from Lauren Sutherland and Beth Denholm saw them safely into their respective final where they were joined by Kimberley MacKay. There were also very good swims from Jenny Jubb, Sarah Eunson and Nikki Pettitt. 

In the afternoon, our only swim was Prentice Robertson in the 200m IM. Prentice appeared to be very keen to do well and he did not disappoint by reducing his time by 5 seconds. 

The final session was again finals and relays and was kicked off by Kimberley in the 100m backstroke. Despite setting a new club record by reducing her heat time, she was just squeezed out of the medals finishing 4th

After a great swim in the heats of the 100m breaststroke, Beth McFarlane took her place in the final as the fastest qualifier. A great race was anticipated and Beth did not let us down. She led from start to finish taking the title in a new East District record time of 1.16.67. The old record had stood for 10 years demonstrating how good a swim it was.

It was fantastic to see 3 Midlothian girls line up for the very next final. Beth Denholm, Kimberley MacKay and Lauren Sutherland were side by side and after the dust had settled, Kimberley came away with the Bronze medal with Beth and Lauren not far behind. 

Our final involvement of the weekend was the girls’ 4 x 50m freestyle relay. Our team of Beth Denholm, Sarah Eunson, Lauren Sutherland and Kimberley MacKay  battled throughout the race but just missed out on a medal, finishing 4th.

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