Sixteen younger members of Midlothian swimming club were in action on Saturday 21st February, taking part in the East Lothian Swim Team Novice Gala, at Prestonpans.
The development squad are the junior section of the competitive Midlothian swim team, that train at Beeslack Community High School, Penicuik, on a Thursday and Sundays. At this gala there was a target time, to encourage swimmers to better their personal bests.
Two swimmers were all rewarded by speeding ticket certificates for their fast swims. These were Aimee Bell, who posted four out of four personal best times, knocking three seconds off her time in the 25m butterfly and recorded three new event times for her 50m backstroke, freestyle and breaststroke events. Her 50m breaststroke swim won her a speeding ticket award. Whilst Hope Thomson won this award for her 50m backstroke swim, in the nine year old category.
Caledonia Crosland recorded personal bests for for her 50m backstroke, and freestyle events. Molly Hall, posted two personal best times for 50m backstroke and freestyle events, and almost matched her existing times in 25m butterfly and 50m breaststroke. Logan Roe swam well in his 50m breast and freestyle events to improve his times substantially. Emily Durkie won a gold medal in the 50m butterfly event for 10 year old females. This knocked nearly six seconds off her previous time and also achieving a personal best time for her 50m freestyle event and a silver medal in the 50m breaststroke.
Amy Sewell performed well in her 50m freestyle event and matched her recent times in 50m butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke events. Jessica Levine, achieved her first time, for the 50m butterfly event, and still had enough energy to knock an impressive five seconds off her 50m backstroke time, and match her 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle times. William Sander achieved an improvement in three of his swims. Muir Simpson managed an improvement in the 50m butterfly event, whilst Euan Maguire beat his personal best times in 50m backstroke and breastroke. Colin Doyle swam faster in his 50m butterfly, 50m breastroke and 50m freestyle swims. Leo Marshall swam well in his swims but a goggle incident meant he posted a slower time in the 50m breaststroke. Roan Murray achieved two personal best for his 50m butterfly and backstroke events. Kyle Muirhead swam new personal record times in 50m, back breast and freestyle events, not forgetting Adam Smith who posted faster times in all four of his events.
Development Team coach, Lesley Inglis was heaping praise on all their performances, saying “there must be something special in the water, as we had an exciting day, with many fabulous swims from the whole club”