Midlothian Swimming Club

Scottish Schools Championship – Aberdeen 31 January 2015

Top Left Fraser Wilson, Eilidh Redpath, Eve Thomson, Btm Left Beth McFarlane, Jamie Ferguson & Lewis Thomson

Eight our of swimmers took the plunge to proudly represent their schools at the Brodies schools swimming championships on Saturday 31st January.  This nationwide event is open to all schools the length and breadth of Scotland,  through a series of heats and the standard of competition is extremely high.

Our swimmers from the gold and silver squads made the journey north, to compete in the final held this year at Aberdeen Aquatic Centre.  The commonwealth games swimmers Ross Murdoch, Stephen Milne were there to present medals along with Erraid Davies  who was there to compete and be an ambassador for the event.

Jamie Ferguson (12), representing Bonnyrigg Primary School, achieved a well deserved fourth place in his event, the fifty metre backstroke.Lasswade High School’s Katie Golder, achieved a ninth place in her swim, the hundred metre backstroke, fifteen and sixteen year old category. Matt Rietvelde,  also from Lasswade was placed eighth in his two hundred metre butterfly stroke final. Lewis Thomson won a silver medal in his fifty metre breaststoke final, twelve and under age category.Eilidh Redpath, from Dalkeith High School achieved third fastest thirteen year old times in both her swims, which were the one hundred metre butterfly and two hundred metre individual medley, in the thirteen to fourteen year old category.

Beeslack Community high school can be proud of three of its pupils. Beth McFarlane, who achieved a hard won eighth place in her two hundred metre individual medley event. Eve Thomson, was the second fastest thirteen year old in her two hundred metre freestyle swim in the thirteen to fourteen year old category.  Whilst this year Eilidh Edmiston managed to achieve a time to qualify for the event, she was sadly unable to attend.

Finally Penicuik High School’s Fraser Wilson, won a bronze medal in his one hundred metre backstroke, the fastest thirteen year old in his age category.

Our Head coach Colin Barton said  ‘The number of swimmers from the club who qualified for the finals is by far the most we have had in recent years. It is a fitting reward for all their hard work and dedication in the months leading up to the championships. They were up against some of the top swimmers in the country but all competed really well on the day’.