There was a welcome day off educational studies for eight swimmers from Midlothian swimming club last Friday 27th January. The talented youngsters had been selected to competed at the finals of the Brodies Schools Swimming Championships which was held at the Dollan Aqua Centre in East Kilbride. Swimmers from across all of Scotland were representing their individual schools at this prestigious competition. Past winners have included commonwealth games medallists, Dan Wallace, Robbie Renwick, Corrie Scott, Hannah Miley and Duncan Scott. Our midlothian youngsters were on blistering form and in the girls 15-16 year old 100 metre freestyle event, Eilidh Redpath finished in fourth place competing for her school, Heriots with a time of 1:02.23. Eilidh Redpath also went on to win a bronze medal with her 200 metre individual medley performance in a time of 2:29.09.
While Lasswade High school was well represented by swimmers, firstly Ria Colbridge who finished in fifth place in the girls 13-14 tear old 200 metre individual medley event in a time of 2:39.99. This was swiftly followed by a fifth place finish for Jamie Ferguson in the boys 13-14 100 metre backstroke event and a sixth place for the youngster in the 200 metre backstroke in a time of 2:32.02. While yet another Lasswade pupil, Lewis Thomson also achieved a fifth place finish in the boys 13-14 year old 200 metre breaststroke event.
Penicuik High was represented this year by Fraser Wilson in the boys 15-16 year old 200 metre butterfly event where he finished in fifth place in a time of 2:19.46 and he also achieved another fifth place in 100 metre backstroke event in a time of 1:04.97
Bonnyrigg was proudly represented by Abigail Porteous in the girls 12 year old junior 50 metre breaststroke heats which saw her finish in 7th place in a time of 40.58, just missing out by the smallest of margins on a place in the finals.
Caledonia Crosland representing Cornbank Primary, was also competing in this event where she achieved a ninth place finish in a time of 42.15. While another youngster, Aimee Bell deserves a mention as she qualified as a reserve swimmer for this event.
Head coach Colin Barton was delighted with the youngsters performances, stating “it is a huge achievement to reach the final stages of this competition in itself. All the swimmers worked well on their process goals, enabling them to use these swim performances as a rehearsal for the upcoming East District championships “