Twelve Midlothian youngsters can be proud of their sporting achievements this week as they competed at Scottish National Age groups Championships at Tollcross in Glasgow. This event is the premier national swimming competition for young swimmers and was held over five days from 30 March until 3rd April. This event attracts the very best swim talent from within Scotland and beyond so qualifying just to swim at this event is a huge achievement. Swim stars such as Ross Murdoch, Hannah Miley, and Robbie Renwick were competing at this event ahead of the all important Olympic trials which will be held at Tollcross on 12th April.
Fraser Wilson became 14 year old boys Scottish Champion in five events winning gold medals in 50 and 100 metre backstroke events, 50 metre freestyle, 50 and 200 metre butterfly events and winning a silver in 100 metre butterfly. Also competing in the 100, 200 metre freestyle events where he came ninth and tenth.
Eilidh Redpath won gold medals for her 400 individual medley swim and 50 metre butterfly in 14 year old girls events to become Scottish Champion. Achieving silver medals for her 200 individual medley, 50 and 100 metre freestyle, 100 metre butterfly swims. Also winning bronze in 100 and 200 metre breaststroke events and 200 backstroke, finishing in fourth 200 metre freestyle and fifth place in 50 metre breaststroke events.
Katie Golder came so close to the medal podium, making finals in all her swims in 16 year old girls category. In the 400 individual medley she finished in fourth place, also finishing in fourth place in 50 and 200 metre backstroke events. Achieving sixth placing in the 100 metre backstroke, and ninth in the 200 individual medley event.
Matt Rietvelt finished in tenth position in 200 butterfly, twelfth place with his 50 butterfly, and thirteenth place in the 100 butterfly 16 year old boys heats.
Beth Macfarlane achieved twelfth places with both her 50 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke heat swims and undaunted by swimming in the final in the company of Hannah Miley, she finished in eighth place.
Jamie Ferguson swam well in his 50 metre butterfly heat, and finished in eleventh place in his 100 metre backstroke just missing a place in the final. In the 200 metre backstroke event he finished in eighth place in the finals before performing well with both his 50, 100 and 200 metre freestyle , 200 individual medley,100 metre breaststroke and 50 metre backstroke swims.
Lewis Thomson swam the 200 metre freestyle, 400 freestyle making finals of 50 and100 metre breaststroke events where he finished in eighth position and ninth in 200 metre breaststroke. Competing well in 200 free and 200 individual medley events and finishing in eleventh place in the 800 metre freestyle event.
Lastly Ellie Robertson swam well in her 50,100 metre butterfly heats as well as 50 and 100 meter freestyle heats.