18 swimmers from Midlothian Swimming Club competed in this year’s Lothian Region meet in Prestonpans.
The first medal was a bronze for Fraser Burgess in the 100m IM and he was soon followed onto the podium by Gemma Gerstenberger who picked up silver in the 100m backstroke. In the 50m freestyle, Fraser finished in the silver medal position and Calum Evans finished fourth in the final. Gemma reached her second final, this time the 100m freestyle and went one better with Gold after an excellent swim which brought session 1 to a close.
Fraser Burgess and Calum Evans got the second session of to a great start winning gold and bronze respectfully in the 50m backstroke. Sam Paterson qualified for the 100m butterfly final and narrowly missed out on a medal finishing in fifth place. This was followed by the final of the 50m butterfly which featured Ria Colbridge and Gemma Gerstenberger who finished second and fourth.
In the same event for the younger age group, Abigail Porteous claimed silver and Emily Durkie finished 5th in the final and in the corresponding boys event, Calum Evans won gold with a very determined swim. In the final event, Gemma Gerstenberger capped off a great day with an excellent swim to win the 100m breaststroke final.
Coach Colin Barton said “This was an opportunity for swimmers who do not normally feature on the podium to take centre stage and in addition to the number of finalists and medal winners; it was very pleasing to see a large number of personal bests being recorded.”