Lincoln Vulcans Open Meet – 22nd October 2016
Two Midlothian swimmers headed south recently to take part in the Lincoln Vulcans open meet which was held on 22nd October 2016 Ponds Forge, Sheffield. This event is seen as a warm up event ahead of the ASA intercounties championship which was held at the same venue on Sunday 23rd October. This major team event sees specially selected quads from across the uk, swimming to amass points for their district teams. The teams are ranked into leagues with top leagues swimming to avoid relegation to lower leagues.
Two local swimmers were selected to represent the Scotland East team at both meets. At the Lincoln Vulcans meet, Eilidh Redpath won the 14 year old girls 200m IM with her time of 2:26.60 She was again on the winners podium with her 200m Freestyle swim, achieving a second place finish with both her 400m, and 100m Backstroke swims. While Fraser Wilson won the 200m Freestyle in the 14 Yrs Age Group category in a time of 2:02.08 also winning the 200m IM and 400m Freestyle swims as well as winning the Boys Open 100m Backstroke at the Lincoln Vulcans Saturday meet.
Fraser was then was selected to swim the backstroke leg in the 200 meter medley event at intercounties championship in his age category. The medley team finished in second place behind Yorkshire Overall, the Scotland East team finished in sixth position in league. Next year Scotland West moves up to the same league as they gain promotion from the second league, meaning competition will intensify.
Head coach Colin Barton praised the youngsters saying “Eilidh and Fraser were both the youngest swimmers selected in their age group so their selection alone was an achievement. Despite both being being less than 100% health wise they swam extremely well particularly on the Saturday.