Scottish National Short Course Championships – December 2016


(l-r) Beth McFarlane, Fraser Wilson, Matt Rietvelt & Eilidh Redpath at the event

Four Midlothian swimmers were competing at the prestigious Scottish National Short Course Championships meet which was held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.  This competition is widely recognised as the premier short course meet in the UK, attracting a wealth of swimming talent from across Europe. It was held over three days from Friday 9th December and is affectionately known as the Christmas splash and dash. The swimming is fast and furious over a shorter 25 meter distance, which resulted in numerous Scottish records falling at the meet. The event also features initial heats with the fastest swimmers competing in finals in the last session of the days. The youngsters were all swimming in open age categories against much older swimmers from across the Scotland, the UK, Ireland, Belgium and Denmark.

In the womens heats of the 200 metre individual medley Eilidh Redpath finished in 17th place with a time of 2:22.39 securing a place in the B final in the evening where she finished in 16th position.  Although finishing in third place in her heat in the 100 metre butterfly her time wasn’t fast enough to secure a place in the finals, however Eilidh also achieved an 8th  and 22nd place finish with her  50 metre freestyle and 100 metre individual medley heats. While in the 100 metre breaststroke metre heats Beth McFarlane achieved a 25th place overall with Eilidh Redpath finishing in 31st spot in the same race, also finishing in 32nd place in the 100 meter freestyle heats. The womens 50 metre breaststroke heat also saw a 23rd placing for Beth Mcfarlane. The two youngsters were both competing in the 200 metre breaststroke and 50 metre butterfly events with  29th and 27th place for Eilidh and a 37th and 88th position finish for Beth.

Fraser Wilson finished in 32nd  and 33rd places with his 200 metre butterfly and 50 metre backstroke swims, also finishing in 42nd place with his 200 meter backstroke heat and 48th place with his 100 metre backstroke performance. While he finished in 74th place overall with the 100 metre butterfly heats. Also competing was Midlothian swimmer, Matt Rietvelt who achieved an 82nd place with his 50 meter butterfly swim while Fraser managed a joint 63rd place in the same event.

Head coach Colin Barton stated “it was pleasing to end the season with so many good performances with the huge majority of swims producing personal bests.”

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