Scottish Age Group Championships

This year’s championships were held at the recently opened Aberdeen Sports village over 6 days in March/April.

A team of 9 Midlothian swimmers qualified for a total of 58 events.

Fraser Wilson had a great week finishing as National champion in 4 events, the 50m butterfly, 50m, 100m & 200 backstroke as well as 3 silver medals in the 100m butterfly, 50 & 100m freestyle.

Lewis Thomson finished as national champion in the 200m breaststroke in a time which currently ranks him as the fastest 12 year old in Britain. He also won silver in the 50 & 100m breaststroke.

Beth McFarlane won bronze in the 100m & 200m breaststroke with 2 very gutsy swims.

Eilidh Redpath had a super swim in the 50m butterfly to win silver and Jamie Ferguson matched this in the very next event, the 50m backstroke.

This brought to an end the club’s best ever performance at these championships with a total of 14 medals.

The remaining swimmers, Katie Golder, Matt Rietvelt, Jodie Finlay and Ria Colbridge performed really well with 58.5% of all swims resulting in finals and 78.5% were personal bests.


Forres 2 day meet 2015

A group of 25 swimmers travelled north to Forres to compete in the Forres Bluefin’s 2 day meet over the weekend of 13th – 15th March 2015.

After settling into our accommodation, we descended on Jimmy Chung’s restaurant in Inverness for our Friday evening meal where a copious amount of food was devoured.

This set us up for the first session the following morning with the 100m breaststroke for 13 & 14 year old as the first events. Matt Rietvelt produced a good PB to claim the gold and there were notable PBs for Sam Paterson & Amber Roe.

Our youngest swimmer, Andrea Suarez then produced a great 50 freestyle to reduce her time by over 3 seconds.

Jamie Ferguson, Fraser Wilson & Eilidh Redpath all won Gold in the 100m backstroke with Jodie Finlay winning silver and Ria Colbridge bronze. There were also huge PB s for Euan Edmiston and Jamie Golder in this event.

In the oldest age category, Beth McFarlane won Gold, Katie Golder silver & Ross Muego bronze in their 100 butterfly events in which Eilidh Edmiston, Jenny Timoney and Vaila Robertson also had excellent swims.

Matt won his second Gold of the meet and Sam picked up silver in the 100 IM before Andrea recorded another good PB in the 50 backstroke.

Our swimmers collected 4 golds in the 100 breaststroke in the younger age groups which were won by Jamie, Fraser, Jodie Finlay and Ria. Massive improvements were recorded by Jamie Golder, Toni Jenkinson, Ellie Brown and Evie Cuthbert in this event.

Laura Halliday also sliced several seconds from her 100 butterfly time to win bronze and Matt won gold medal number 3 in the same event.

In the 100 freestyle events for our older swimmers, we collected Gold (Katie), silver (Ross) & bronze (Beth) whilst Thomas Rietvelt had a great swim slicing over 2 seconds from his time.

This led us into the first of the relay events, the 4 x 50 medley where Midlothian produced a clean sweep winning all 4 events.

 These swims brought day one to an end and a tired but happy group made their way back to Inverness. Energy levels were boosted by eating masses of pizza and cake brought along to celebrate Katie and Vaila’s birthdays.

 We arrived at the pool early on the Sunday morning eager to add to the previous day’s points total in the race for the top club award and we got off to a great start. In the first event, the 100 IM, Eilidh Redpath won gold, Ria and Jodie won silver and Evie; Ellie & Toni significantly improved their times.

This was followed by a 5 second PB for Andrea in the 50m Breaststroke narrowly missing a medal with a 4th place finish.

Katie then won Gold and Ross bronze in the older backstroke event before Matt won his fourth event, the 100 freestyle. Sam and Laura recorded great PBs in the corresponding girl’s event.

The 100 butterfly was a good event for our swimmers, with Gold medals for Jamie, Fraser and Eilidh Redpath and silver for Ria and Jodie. In the same event there were huge PBs for Ellie and Toni.

Andrea set another personal best, as did Jamie Golder and Euan in the 100 IM, whilst there were Golds for Jamie Ferguson and Fraser.

Beth picked up Gold in the 100 breaststroke, with Ross and Katie taking bronze.

Andrea finished off session 3 with an excellent time in her 50m butterfly event.

 The final session got off to a slightly disappointing start when Matt missed out on a clean sweep of Gold medals when he was disqualified in the 100m backstroke after recording the fastest time. In this event, Sam won silver with a good swim and Amber and Izzy produced good personal bests.

Fraser and Jamie Ferguson completed their 5 out of 5 golds in the 100 freestyle with Eilidh Redpath also winning. Ria won silver and Jodie Bronze in the same event.

In the final individual event, Katie won Gold, and there were bronze medals for Beth and Ross in the 100 IM and good personal best swims for Thomas and Iain Doyle.

The only remaining events were the freestyle relays, with Midlothian looking to add to their 4 wins in the previous day’s medley relays. This was almost achieved when we won 3 out of the 4 and finished second in the other. The winning teams were the boys and girls 12 years and under and the boys 13 years and over.

When the overall points totals for the top club was announced, Midlothian came out on top to retain the trophy we had won in the previous 2 years.

 The minibuses were filled with much singing, giggling and chat on the long road back home which brought to an end a very successful and enjoyable weekend.


Scottish Schools Championships

This year’s championships were held at the recently opened Aberdeen Sports Village at the end of January and featured a number of Midlothian swimmers.

 First in action was Jamie Ferguson who eased into the final of the 50m backstroke where he eventually finished just outside the medals in fourth place.

This was followed by a solid swim from Katie Golder in the 100m backstroke where despite having been ill and not having trained for over a week, she finished as the 4th top 15 year old.

Lewis Thomson produced a great personal best swim to qualify for the 50m breaststroke final where he further reduced his time to claim the silver medal.

 In the girls 100m butterfly, Eilidh Redpath finished as 3rd fastest 13 year old and Beth McFarlane also produced a solid swim in her age group.

 The afternoon session got off to a good start with an excellent personal best swim from Eve Thomson in the 200m freestyle which resulted in her finishing as the second fastest 13 year old. Fraser Wilson went one better when he finished as the fastest 13 year old boy in the same event.

 In the boys 100m backstroke, Fraser won bronze in a very tight finish where he was touched out by 2 older boys.

Matt Rietvelt then had 2 swims very close together and after a solid 200m butterfly, competed well in the 100m freestyle despite very limited recovery time.

In the corresponding girls event, Eve swam very close to her personal best to finish as third fastest 13 year old.

This position was matched by Eilidh Redpath in the 200m IM with a good PB. Beth also swam very well in her 200 IM producing a time only slightly outside her best to finish in the top 8.



Congratulations to Jamie Ferguson (backstroke) and Eilidh Redpath (butterfly) who have been selected to attend the national stroke camps to be held in Stirling in April. They will join some of the best young swimmers in their respective strokes in the country for a one day training camp.

FIRST Open meet 2015

A team consisting of swimmers from Gold and Silver squads travelled to Bathgate for the FIRST Open meet on the 24th/25th January.
Despite many being at the younger end of their age groups they all competed well.
The first event was the 50m butterfly which resulted in gold and a club record for Fraser Wilson, Bronze for Matt Rietvelt and a club record for Eilidh Redpath.
Katie Golder won silver in the 200m backstroke reducing her time by almost 6 seconds before Beth McFarlane won Gold and Ria Colbridge silver in the 100m breaststroke. There was a bronze and a club record each for Fraser and Jamie Ferguson in their respective 400m freestyle events with the latter reducing his time by 17 seconds.
The 50m backstroke proved to be a strong event for us. Jamie comfortably won Gold as did Fraser with club record number two and Katie collected her second silver of the meet.
Ria won bronze in the 200m breaststroke with a massive personal best and then in the very next event won another in the 100m freestyle.
Eilidh also collected bronze in this event but they were both bettered by Ross Muego (silver) and Fraser (gold).
Day one was brought to a close with the 200m IM with Beth claiming silver as a result of a very gutsy swim.
Beth was one of the first back in action on day 2 and this time she made sure of the Gold in the 50m breaststroke as did Ria who was having a great meet.
They were matched by Fraser in the boys event who won by a clear margin whilst setting another club record.
Another who was swimming really well was Katie and she picked up a bronze in the 200m freestyle.
The 100m butterfly brought silver for Beth and this was followed by gold and another club record for Fraser, this time in the 400m IM.
The final session started with the 50m freestyle and despite setting club records, Eilidh and Fraser had to settle for bronze and silver medals respectfully.
Beth then won silver in the 200m butterfly as did Fraser and Ross in the 100m backstroke in which Katie claimed bronze.
In addition to the medal winners others had excellent swims most notably Euan Edmiston, Lewis Thomson, Sam Paterson, Jodie Finlay, Jake Hadfield, Eve Thomson, Amber Roe and Vaila Robertson.

East District Age Group Championships

Round 1

The first round of these championships was held at Glenrothes on 1st & 2nd November 2014 and hosted the distance events.
We had 3 medal winners with Fraser Wilson taking silver in the 1500m and 400m Freestyle and the 400m IM. Eilidh Redpath also won silver in the 800m Freestyle and Bronze in the 400 IM and Eve Thomson, bronze in the 400m Freestyle.
In addition to the championship events, there was also an opportunity to swim a 100m IM. In this event Jamie Ferguson finished as the fastest 11 year old boy, Eilidh Redpath and Fraser Wilson as the fastest 12 year olds, Matt Rietvelt was the second fastest 14 year old boy and Eve Thomson as the third fastest 12 year old girl.
In all swims 87% were personal bests.

Round 2

This round was held at the same venue 4 weeks later and featured all the 200m events.
Fraser Wilson enjoyed an excellent weekend claiming gold in all 4 events.
Matt Rietvelt won the boys 14 years butterfly title and Beth McFarlane won silver in the butterfly and breaststroke events. Eilidh Redpath also won silver in the youngest girl’s breaststroke event.
The percentage of swims producing personal bests was again extremely high at 88.5%

Round 3

The culmination of the championships took place at the Royal Commonwealth pool on 10th & 11th January and included the 100m events, the 200m IM and relays.
Fraser Wilson continued to dominate his age group winning all 5 events.
Beth McFarlane won silver in the breaststroke and bronze in the butterfly. Eilidh Redpath picked up 3 individual bronze medals in the freestyle, breaststroke and IM and teamed up with Jodie Finlay, Izzy Drysdale and Eve Thomson to win another bronze in the freestyle relay event.
Matt Rietvelt won his second medal of the championships, this time silver in the butterfly and Lewis Thomson won Bronze in the breaststroke.
Lewis, along with Fraser, Euan Edmiston and Jamie Ferguson won silver and bronze in the medley and freestyle relays respectfully.

To cap the weekend, Fraser having won 9 of the 12 events, won the top 12 year old boy award and also the Andrew Taylor award for the most outstanding swim.

The club finished as the 4th top club in the district, an outstanding achievement for such a small club and our highest position ever.

Warrender Junior Age Group meet

This meet was held on 22nd & 23rd March and involved the younger swimmers from Silver and Bronze squads. Saturdays events were devoted to the 9 & 10 years olds with the Sunday swims featuring the 11 & 12 year olds.
The first event Midlothian swimmers were involved in was the 200m Freestyle. All 5 of our swimmers were swimming this event for the first time and they all swam really well with Jamie Ferguson just missing out on gold by only 0.3 seconds however he did win silver. Zak Stewart, Alex Biavti – Smith, Ria Colbridge and Ellie Robertson also swam in this event.

In the next event the 50m breaststroke, Jamie and Zak finished first and second and the other previously mentioned swimmers again recorded PBs.
In the 50m freestyle Ria won with a 6th place medal and Jamie claimed his second silver.

The afternoon session started with the 100m IM and again our 5 swimmers swam personal bests with Jamie winning Gold and Zak finishing 4th.
In the 50m backstroke there were PBs for Ellie, Jamie, Zak and Alex with Jamie finishing this event in 4th place.
Ellie, Jamie and Zak again hit PBs in the butterfly with Jamie and Zak finishing 2nd and 4th.
The points gathered by Jamie resulted in a second place finish in the top boy category and brought day 1 to a good end.

Day 2 started with the 200m IM and saw good personal best swims from Eilidh Redpath who finished 5th, Cara Denholm, Ellie Brown, Ellie Turnbull, Toni Jenkinson, Lewis Thomson, Euan Edmiston and Fraser Wilson who won Gold.
Charlotte Ritchie, Izzy Drysdale and Sam Paterson all recorded best swims in the 200m freestyle.
Eilidh Redpath won her first medal, a bronze and Fraser won his second Gold in the 50m backstroke in personal best times and there were also best swims from Jodie Finlay, Evie Cuthbert, Ellie Brown, Toni, Eilidh Maguire and Euan.
All 3 of the older girls, Sam, Izzy and Charlotte matched this with good swims in the 50m breaststroke.
In the butterfly Eilidh Redpath and Fraser both won their respective events by a clear margin. In this event there were also good PBs for Eve Thomson, Jodie, Ellie Brown, Eilidh Maguire, Toni, Lewis and Euan.
Izzy, Sam and Charlotte again all recorded PBs in their freestyle which brought session 3 to an end.
The final session got of to a great start with fantastic swims from a Eve and Fraser winning Gold in the 200m freestyle. Almost all the other Midlothian swimmers involved in this event recorded huge PBs as did Izzy and Charlotte in the 200m IM.
The 50m breaststroke proved to be a good event for Midlothian swimmers. Fraser won yet another Gold, Lewis won Bronze, Eilidh Redpath finished 4th and Euan 5th. Added to this there were PBs for Eve, Jodie, Ellie Brown, Eilidh Maguire & Toni.
Izzy and Charlotte hit PBs in their 50m backstroke event.
The 50m freestyle was another good event, Fraser won his 6th gold and only 0.01 separated Eilidh Redpath and Eve as they finished first and second respectfully.

When the points were tallied at the end of the day, Midlothian finished as the 3rd top club, Fraser won the top boy award and Eilidh missed the top girls award by only one point but finished second.