Youngsters from across Midlothian were competing recently at the Edinburgh & Midlothian schools swimming championships. The event was held at the Ainslie Park swimming pool on the 20th November. The meet saw youngsters from across Midlothian and Edinburgh representing not their clubs but their schools at a variety of distances in age category. The fastest swimmers will compete against the very best school swimmers from across Scotland at the Brodies Schools Swimming Championship which will be held at the Dollan Aqua Centre, East Kilbride Friday 27th January 2017.
Midlothian swimming club head coach Colin Barton, said ” there were many impressive performances considering the youngsters did not prepare specifically for this meet.”
Midlothian resident Eilidh Redpath won the girls 14-15 year old 100 metre freestyle event representing Heriots, while Ellie Brown finished in ninth place for this event. Eilidh Redpath also went on to win the girls 14-15 200 metre individual medley event in convincing style. She was also part of the winning 14-15 year old girls 4x 50 metre freestyle Heriots relay team. Emily Durkie also finished in 17th place in the girls 12-13 year old category, with her 100 metre breaststroke swim. Ellie Brown achieved seventh place in her second race of the meet in the girls 14-15 year old 200 metre backstroke event.
Ria Colbridge r epresenting Lasswade high school finished second in the girls 12-13 year old 200 metre individual medley and third in the 400 metre freestyle event. Izzy Drysdale also finished in eighth place in g irls 14-15 year old 100 metre freestyle event. Cerys Pritchard competed well in the 12-13 year old 200 metre freestyle event finishing in tenth place also finishing in 21st place with her 100 metre breaststroke swim. Olivia Muirhead finished in fifth place with her 100 metre butterfly and seventh place in the girls 12-13 year old 200 metre backstroke events. Eilidh Maguire finished in ninth place in the 14-15 year old 200 metre backstroke going one better in the 100 metre butterfly to finish in eighth place. Two club youngsters Ria Colbridge and Olivia Muirhead were part of the Lasswade 12-13 year old girls 4x 50 metre freestyle relay team which took third spot.
While in the in the boys 12-13 year old category, Jamie Ferguson came second in the 200 metre backstroke event also finishing in third place in the 100 metre backstroke event, w hile Lewis Thomson finished in fourth place with his boys 200 metre breaststroke swim and Calum Evans finished in seventh place in the 1 00 metre freestyle event.
Lewis Thomson also achieved third place in the 100 metre breaststroke alongside Roan Murray who finished sixth in the same race. Roan Murray also achieved an eighth place finish with his 200 metre individual medley event. Fraser Burgess and Jamie Golder finished in tenth and eleventh place respectively in the 200 metre freestyle event. While Fraser Burgess achieved a fifth place finish in the 100 metre butterfly with Kyle Muirhead not too far behind in seventh place.
Lasswade high school fielded two relay teams in the boys 12-13 year old 4x 50 metre freestyle. Lasswade A team, consisting of; Lewis Thomson, Fraser Burgess, Jamie Golder and Jamie Ferguson finished in third place, while Lasswade B team, consisting of Roan Murray, Thomas Henderson, Leo Marshall and Calum Evans finished in sixth place.
Representing Beeslack community high school was Beth Mcfarlane who finished second in the 16-18 year old 100 metre and 200 breaststroke events and by Euan Edmiston who finished in third place with his 100 metre breaststroke swim and sixth place with his 400 metre freestyle swims in the 14-15 year old boys category. Jemma Gerstenberger was fifth in the 100 metre backstroke also finishing seventh in the girls 12-13 year old 200 metre breaststroke event. While Sam Paterson finished in eighth place with her 100 metre breaststroke and tenth position with her 200 metre breaststroke swims in the girls 14-15 year old category. Also representing the school was Adam Smith who finished in 10th place in the boys 14-15 year old 200 metre freestyle also finishing in 13th place with his 100 metre freestyle swim.
Penicuik High school was represented by Evie Cuthbert who finished fifth in the girls 14-15 year old 200 metre butterfly event, and Fraser Wilson who won the boys 14-15 year old category 200 metre butterfly event and finished in second place in the 100 metre backstroke. Ellie Turnbull also finished in eleventh place with her girls 14-15 year old 100 metre breaststroke swim.
Cornbank Primary school was represented by Aimee Bell who finished in sixth place in the the girls 11 and under 50 metre freestyle event while Caledonia Crosland finished in eleventh place with her swim in the same category. Caledonia also finished ahead of Aimee in the 50 metre breaststroke event where they finished in fourth and fifth places respectively.
Chloe Barron representing Mauricewood Primary finished in eighth position in the girls 11 and under 50 metre freestyle and fifth place with her 50 metre butterfly swim.
Midlothian swimmer Freddie Parker finished in 13th place with his 14-15 year old 50 metre freestyle event and 12th place with his 50 metre backstroke swim representing Flora Stevenson. He was also part of his relay team which finished in fourth place in the boys 11 and under 4×50 metre freestyle relay. While Tess McMyn finished in 20th place with her girls 11 years and under 50 metre backstroke swim representing St Georges.
Bonnyrigg Primary was represented Abigail Porteous who finished in second place with her 50 metre breaststroke swim and by Calum Murray who finished in 25th place with his 11 years and under 50 metre freestyle swim. Abigail also finished in ninth place with her 50 metre butterfly swim while Calum achieved a 12th placing with his 50 metre butterfly swim
Rosewell Primary saw a 18th place in the 50 metre butterfly and 25th place in the 50 metre breaststroke events for Charlotte Thomson in the 11 and under category.