East District Age Groups Championships Round 3


For the first time, the final round of these championships were held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh at the beginning of February.

 The first event was the 100m butterfly for girls. Kimberley MacKay had a steady swim to reach the final and good swims from Beth McFarlane and Lauren Sutherland resulted in both very narrowly missing out, Beth by the very smallest of margins. In the final, Kimberley was not quite able to capitalise but finished in a very creditable 5th place.

 In the girls 100m freestyle event Lauren Sutherland, Kimberley MacKay and Fiona Inglis all comfortably qualified for their finals where they eventually finished in seventh, fourth and eighth place respectively. Also in this event there were excellent swims from Eilidh Edmiston and Beth Denholm.

 In the boys 100m breaststroke, both Ian Doyle and Lewis Thomson had great swims with both recording excellent personal bests.

 The afternoon session on day one was reserved for the 200m individual medley for the younger age groups. Andrew Denholm, Iain Doyle and Lauren Sutherland all swam well with both boys recording personal bests. Lauren reached the final where she finished sixth.

 Day 2 got off to a great start with a fantastic 100m butterfly swim from Andrew Denholm, just marginally missing the final.

 In the 100m backstroke for girls, Kimberley MacKay qualified fastest for the final, however could not quite repeat this and finished second in a very closely contested race.

 Ross Muego and Andrew Denholm again narrowly missed out on a place in the finals of the 100m freestyle. Ross’s converted time edging him ever closer to beating the magical 60 second mark. In the same event, Iain Doyle continued his good form setting another personal best and there was also a good swim from Ross Gardiner.

 In the girls 100m breaststroke, Anna MacKay was reserve for the final and in this age group, Katie Golder also swam well. Lauren Sutherland and Beth McFarlane comfortably reached the final of the 13 years girl’s event as did Kimberley MacKay and Beth Denholm in the 14 years category. Meanwhile in the 15 years girl’s event Amy Sylvester finished also finished as reserve. In 2 very close races, Lauren emerged with silver, Kimberley with Bronze and both Beth McFarlane and Beth Denholm finished 4th.

 Kimberley reach yet another final, this time fourth fastest in the 200m individual medley, however a faster swim in the final saw her improve by one place to take the bronze medal. In the same event there was also a very good personal best swim from Eilidh Edmiston.

 The final events of the meet were the relays and Midlothian teams enjoyed some success. The 13/14 years girl’s medley team of Kimberley MacKay, Beth McFarlane, Beth Denholm and Lauren Sutherland were involved in a very close race eventually finishing in the Bronze medal position. The same swimmers with the exception of Beth McFarlane who was replaced by Hebe Ramsay made up the freestyle team who also won bronze.

Five swimmers comprised the 15 years and over teams. Amy Sylvester, Beth Gray, Jenny Jubb, Fiona Inglis and Sarah Eunson swam really well to finish 5th in both the freestyle and medley events.

Lauren is National Champion


Scottish Schools Championships

This year’s championships were held at East Kilbride on 26th January 2013 with 4 Midlothian swimmers qualifying from the heats to represent their schools.

 In the first session, Lauren Sutherland felt under a bit of pressure having qualified as fastest in the 200m breaststroke. In the early stages she was pressed by 2 other swimmers but eventually pulled away to take the title comfortably.

Lauren was in action again in the afternoon in the shorter breaststroke event where she was joined by Beth McFarlane. Although neither of the girls were at their best, Lauren added silver to the Gold she won earlier in the day and Beth claimed the Bronze.

Also in action in this session, was Kimberley MacKay who very narrowly missed out on a medal in very close 200m freestyle.

In the final session, Kimberley suffered again in the 100m freestyle where she was yet again involved in a close race but was squeezed out of the medals.

However, Fiona Inglis, competing for the last time in these championships, held her nerve and her ranking place to take bronze in the older girls 100m freestyle event.

Livingston and District Development Gala

Midlothian swimming club’s very youngest swimmers participated in this gala in January some competing for the first time and all involved can be very proud of their achievements.

On the day there were dozens of personal best swims, and although there were no medals presented, the following swimmers finished in the top 3 in their age categories:

 Breaststroke – 1st Zak Stewart

                                1st Ellie Brown

 Backstroke – 1st Nicholas Rietvelt

 Freestyle – 1st Zak Stewart

                        1st Izzy Drysdale

                        3rd Callum Evans

   Our freestyle relay team also finished 1st by a large margin; however a dodgy takeover resulted in a disqualification.

Scottish Short Course Championships – Dec 2012

These Championships were the final event of last season and were held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

Attracting swimmers from throughout Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland the standard was extremely high over the 3 days.

A group of 6 young Midlothian swimmers qualified and all acquitted themselves really well. The group of Beth Denholm, Beth McFarlane, Fiona Inglis Jenny Jubb, Kimberley MacKay and Lauren Sutherland produced several personal best swims and club records between them.

The highlight of the meet came in the form of a silver medal, courtesy of a fantastic swim from Kimberley MacKay in the 14 years & under 100m Individual Medley event where she Set a new club record of 1.07.83.

East District Age Group Championships

The second round of these championships was held at Bathgate in early December 2012.

In the first session, Kimberley MacKay eased into the final of the 200m butterfly breaking the club record in the process. In the final she improved on her time again to claim the bronze medal.

In the same session, Vaila Robertson set a new best time in the same event and both Iain Doyle and Andrew Denholm swam to personal best times in the 200m backstroke.

Session 2 saw Lauren Sutherland qualify fifth for the final of the 200m freestyle where she later improved both her time and position to finish fourth in a new personal best time. Also in this event Anna Mackay had a great swim setting a new personal best.

Andrew and Iain continued their good form in the 200m breaststroke, both reducing their times considerably.

Day 3 got off to a good start with personal best swims from Lauren Sutherland and Beth McFarlane in the 200m backstroke and Kimberley MacKay did enough to reach her second final where she finished fifth.

In the final session, Ross Muego had a good swim in the 200m freestyle only marginally outside his best.

Meanwhile in the 200m breaststroke there were personal best swims from Anna MacKay, Amy Sylvester, Lauren Sutherland and Beth Denholm. The latter 2 reached their respective final where they were joined by Beth McFarlane and Kimberley MacKay.

Lauren was pressed all the way in the final but eventually emerged with the Gold after further reducing her time. Beth McFarlane produced a storming last 50m to claim the bronze in the same race.

In the older age group, Kimberley and Beth Denholm finished fourth and sixth respectfully.

Congratulations Lauren

Congratulations to Lauren Sutherland who at the recent East District Age Group Championships won the 13 years girls 200m Breaststroke title. Lauren led from the start and despite coming under pressure from the eventual runner up she held her nerve and won in a new junior and senior club record time of 2.42.31.

In the same event, Beth McFarlane produced a great last 50m to claim the Bronze medal and earlier in the weekend, Kimberley MacKay reduced her 200m butterfly time by 8 seconds to also win Bronze whilst also breaking the club record.

Well done girls

National County Team Championships 2012

Congratulations to Beth McFarlane who has been selected to represent the East District and to Kimberley MacKay who has been selected as a travelling reserve for this years county team championships. This will be held in Sheffield in October where the district will be competing against the top counties from throughout Britain. Both girls will also participate in the Lincoln Vulcans meet at the same venue the day prior to the championships.