Scottish Summer Meet – Royal Commonwealth Pool – July 2015
A trio of Midlothian swimmers were in action at the Royal Commonwealth pool for the Scottish Summer meet in July. The very best of age group swimmers from all over Scotland, were making a splash, competing in the pool. Midlothian swimming club were represented by Beth McFarlane, Matt Rietvelt and Fraser Wilson.
Competing in the boys 15 year olds category for the 100 and 200 meter butterfly events was Matt Rietvelt, who finished in a very creditable fifth place for 100 meter race in a time of 1:03.97 and sixth place in the 200 meter in a time of 2:29.26, just missing out on a place in the 50 meter butterfly final, by 0.05 seconds in a terrific time of 29.32 seconds.
Beth McFarlane was in action in the girls 16 year olds age group, 100 meter butterfly heats, just missing out on a place in the finals with a ninth place in 1:14.02. Whilst in the 50 meter breaststroke event, a fast heat time saw her leading going into the finals, finishing the race first, although she was sadly disqualified. Undaunted by this faux pas she is delighted to be heading south to Sheffield at the beginning of August to take part in the ASA National Summer Championships. This competition sees the very fastest swimmers from all over the United Kingdom competing at Ponds Forge, in her favourite 100 and 200 meter breaststroke events.
However the youngest thirteen year old, Fraser Wilson was on unstoppable form with gold medal winning performances in the boys 12-13 year old category, 50 and 100 meter butterfly events with a times of 29.27 and 1:05.32. Also winning the gold in the 12-13 year old 50 meter, 100 meter and 200 meter backstroke events with times of in 31.55,1:07.03, and 2.25.48. Finishing nearly two seconds ahead of his nearest rival, not content with this haul of gold medals he also won silver medals in the 50 meter freestyle with a time of 28.05, 100 meter freestyle event with a time of 59.72 and 200 meter freestyle event in 2.13.81.
Head coach, Colin Barton was on poolside throughout the three day competition said he “was extremely pleased with the performances of all three at the end of a long season “. Talent, and dedication in training means that “the vast majority of the swims resulted in personal best times. The standard of competition was high and our swimmers acquitted themselves very well.”