Forres 2 day meet 2014

A team of 34 swimmers travelled north to participate in this year’s meet in Forres. Having won the top club trophy last year they were all very positive about retaining it this year.
As it turned out we were pushed hard by a good Inverness team for three sessions but Midlothian eventually shrugged off the challenge in the final session to emerge victorious again.

All our swimmers performed really well in recording just short of 100 Personal best swims between them.

The medal winner were:

Gold

Jamie Ferguson (4)
Lewis Thomson (1)
Fraser Wilson (4)
Fiona Inglis (2)
Lauren Sutherland (3)
Beth McFarlane (3)
Matt Rietvelt (1)
Girls 13/over relay (2)
Boys 12/under relay (2)

Silver

Fraser Wilson (1)
Fiona Inglis (1)
Lauren Sutherland (2)
Beth McFarlane (1)
Matt RIetvelt (1)
Katie Golder (1)
Eilidh Redpath (2)
Anna MacKay (4)
Girls 12/under relay (1)

Bronze

Fiona Inglis (1)
Matt RIetvelt (2)
Katie Golder (1)
Eilidh Redpath (2)
Anna MacKay (1)
Iain Doyle (2)
Euan Edmiston (2)

Congratulations Fraser

Congratulations to Fraser Wilson after becoming our latest Scottish schools champion. Fraser won the 50m Backstroke title at the recents finals held in East Kilbride.

We’ll done Fraser.

East District Age Group Championships round 3

The final round of this years championships was held at the Royal Commonwealth pool in January 2014.
Lauren Sutherland continued to dominate her age group winning Gold in the 100m breaststroke and 200m IM. To add to this she also won bronze in the 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle. These results added to the medals gained in the first 3 rounds meant that Lauren was awarded the top swimmer trophy in her age group.
Our other medalist over the weekend was Beth McFarlane who claimed the silver behind Lauren in the 100m breaststroke.

Fiona is District Champion

Fiona Inglis who recently started studying at Edinburgh University ceased training with the club in August to take up a position with the University swim team. However she has retained Midlothian as her second club and last month competed as a Midlothian swimmer in the East District Masters Championships where she won 2 titles in the 16 – 24 years age group. Fiona finished first in both the 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle events.

Success at District Championships

East District Age Group Championships Round 2
The second round of this year’s championships was held at Glenrothes on 30th November and 1st December 2013.

The first event was the girls 200m butterfly in which Beth McFarlane was our only competitor. Although slightly outside her best time in the heats, Beth qualified for the final to be held later in the morning. In the final she paced the swim well and finished very strongly to improve her time and take the bronze medal.

The other event in the morning was the boys 200m backstroke. Fraser Wilson reduced his time by 6 seconds to record a new club record, and Iain Doyle reduced his time by 4.5 seconds. Ross Muego, despite feeling poorly managed to match his best time.

In the afternoon session the girl’s event was the 200m freestyle whilst the boys contested the 200m breaststroke.
Both Anna MacKay and Lauren Sutherland eased into their respective finals by reducing their times and there were good swims from Beth McFarlane, Katie Golder and Eve Thomson who also reduced their times.
In the finals, Lauren shaved a further 2 seconds from her time to claim the bronze medal and Anna improved a place to finish 6th.

In the breaststroke, Iain Doyle improved his time by 11 seconds and Lewis Thomson by 3 seconds to set a new club record.

Day 2 started with the girl’s 200m backstroke which saw Lauren reach her second final. Katie Golder, Anna MacKay and Beth McFarlane all set new PBs. In the final Lauren reduced her time but was just squeezed out of the medals in finishing 4th.

In the boys 200m Freestyle there were PBs and club records for Lewis Thomson and Fraser Wilson whilst Euan Edmiston chopped 9 seconds from his time.

The final session hosted the girls 200m breaststroke event and Anna, Beth and Lauren all negotiated the heats to secured places in their respective finals. Also competing in this event were Katie Golder and Eilidh Edmiston with the latter producing a personal best.
In the first final, despite reducing her best time by4 seconds, Anna could not quite push herself into a medal position but finished a very creditable 4th.
In the older girl’s event, Lauren and Beth finished first and second respectfully to take Gold and silver.

Lauren is District Champion

East District Age Group Championships Round 1

A small group of swimmers travelled to the new pool in Glenrothes to contest the first round of the East District Age Groups Championships held over the 2nd & 3rd of November.
This round featured the longer event including the 400m, 800m, 1500m freestyle and the 400m IM. In addition, a number of swimmers took part in the 100m IM which was a non-championship event.
The first event was the girls 800m freestyle which saw great swims from Lauren Sutherland who picked up the silver medal, and Anna MacKay who reduced her time by 20 seconds to finish just outside the medals in 4th.
This was followed by the boys 100m IM. Ross Muego, Euan Edmiston and Fraser Wilson competed and all produced personal best swims with Fraser chopping an impressive 11 seconds off his time to finish as the fastest 11 year old.

The afternoon session saw Midlothian claim its first District title of this year when Lauren comfortably won the 400m IM, reducing her time by 4 seconds and setting a new club record in the process. This was even more impressive when you consider that this was only the second time Lauren had competed in this event. Beth McFarlane also had a good swim which placed her in the top 8.
The only other event in this session was the boys 400m freestyle which featured Ross Muego. Ross paced his swim perfectly and was rewarded with a 5 second PB.

The first session on day 2 included the girls 100m IM. Lauren continued her good form with a 2 second PB and first place in her age group and Eve Thomson finished as the 4th fastest 11 & under girl with a solid personal best swim. There were also good PBs from Eilidh Edmiston, Vaila Robertson, Sam Paterson, Katie Skilbeck and Jodie Finlay in this event.

In the final session, Lauren brought her medal tally to 3 when she claimed the silver in the 400m freestyle breaking a long standing club record in the process. The other 2 girls in this event also had very good swim, Beth McFarlane reduced her time by 9 seconds and Anna MacKay reduced her’s by 5.5 seconds.

Haddington 100s Meet 2013

This meet took place in Prestonpans on 15th September and involved swimmers from Gold, Silver and Bronze squads
The first event was the 100m backstroke which turned out to be a very good event for us in terms of personal best swims. There were very significant improvements for Lauren Sutherland, Katie Golder, Katy Needham, Eve Thomson, Ria Colbridge, Eilidh Redpath, Iain Doyle, Fraser Wilson and Lewis Thomson. Perhaps the most outstanding swim was from Fraser, who reduced his time by almost 11 seconds, breaking the meet record and smashing our club record in the process. This swim also earned Fraser the Gold medal with Bronze medals going to Lauren, Katie, Eve and Lewis.

Three Midlothian swimmers contested the open 400m freestyle event with Anna MacKay and Eve Thomson reducing their time significantly.

Although being outside his best in the 100m breaststroke, Lewis Thomson comfortably won Gold in his age group. Swimming against world ranked Hannah Miley in the open age group, Lauren Sutherland and Beth McFarlane had to settle for silver and bronze respectfully and there was also a silver medal for Anna MacKay after she reduced her time by 5 seconds and a bronze for Eilidh Redpath. In this event there were good PBs from Nick Rietvelt Sam Paterson and Euan Edmiston.

In the final event of the session, Iain Doyle sliced over 3 seconds from his 400m freestyle time.

The afternoon session kicked off with the 100m butterfly and there were some very close finishes. Eve Thomson won Gold in a very close race and Beth McFarlane saw the other side when she had to settle for silver after just being squeezed out of first place.
Ann MacKay produced a fantastic personal best swim to win bronze and there were also personal best swims from Katie Golder, Laura Halliday, Evie Cuthbert, Tom Rietvelt and Fraser Wilson by a huge 12 seconds.

Despite swimming the 400m IM for the first time, Lauren Sutherland swam extremely well in finishing second and coming agonisingly close to the club record.

That honour did not elude Lewis Thomson in the 100m freestyle however as he broke one of the longest standing records on the books.
The medals in this event went to Eve Thomson who won Gold, Fraser Wilson who won silver and Eilidh Redpath who won Bronze all of whom bettered their times along with Tom Rietvelt, Euan Edmiston, Anna MacKay, Katie Golder, Sam Paterson and Ria Colbridge