District Regional Programme – 4th December at Lochgelly High School

image

Ria Colbridge, Ellie Robertson, Jamie Ferguson and Lewis Thomson

Four youngsters from Midlothian swimming club enjoyed the third and final day of training as part of the District Regional Programme on Sunday (4th Dec) at Lochgelly High school.  They took part an intensive day of swimming and landbased exercise. There was also an opportunity for parents to hear about the important role they play in their child’s swimming development at a mindset talk in the afternoon. Ria Colbridge, Ellie Robertson, Jamie Ferguson and Lewis Thomson pictured were selected to take part in this initiative run by Scottish Swimming Performance Team in co-operation with the local swimming Districts. There performances at the DRP Days swimmers may lead the youngsters to be nominated by the Lead Coaches for selection to attend stroke-specific training days in the following Spring.

Head coach Colin Barton, “was keen to stress it is a major achievement  to be one of the swimmers selected for this training programme and reports and feedback from the coaches involved about the youngsters, have been excellent.

Edinburgh & Midlothian Schools Swimming Championships (Ainslie Park) on 20th November 2016

Youngsters from across Midlothian were competing recently at the Edinburgh & Midlothian schools swimming championships. The event was held at the Ainslie Park swimming pool on the 20th November. The meet saw youngsters from across Midlothian and Edinburgh representing not their clubs but their schools at a variety of distances in age category. The fastest swimmers will compete against the very best school swimmers from across  Scotland at the Brodies Schools Swimming Championship which will be held at the Dollan Aqua Centre, East Kilbride Friday 27th January 2017.

Midlothian swimming club head coach Colin Barton, said ” there were many impressive performances considering the youngsters did not prepare specifically for this meet.”
Midlothian resident Eilidh Redpath won the girls 14-15 year old 100 metre freestyle event representing Heriots, while Ellie Brown finished in ninth place for this event. Eilidh Redpath also went on to win the girls 14-15 200 metre individual medley event in convincing style. She was also part of the winning 14-15 year old girls 4x 50 metre freestyle Heriots relay team. Emily Durkie also finished in 17th place in the girls 12-13 year old category, with her 100 metre breaststroke swim. Ellie Brown achieved seventh place in her second race of the meet in the girls 14-15 year old 200 metre backstroke event.
Ria Colbridge r epresenting Lasswade high school finished second in the girls 12-13 year old 200 metre individual medley and third in the 400 metre freestyle event. Izzy Drysdale also finished in eighth place in g irls 14-15 year old 100 metre freestyle event. Cerys Pritchard competed well in the 12-13 year old 200 metre freestyle event finishing in tenth place also finishing in 21st place with her 100 metre breaststroke swim. Olivia Muirhead finished in fifth place with her 100 metre butterfly and seventh place in the girls 12-13 year old 200 metre backstroke events. Eilidh Maguire finished in ninth place in the 14-15 year old 200 metre backstroke going one better in the 100 metre butterfly to finish in eighth place. Two club youngsters Ria Colbridge and Olivia Muirhead were part of the Lasswade 12-13 year old girls 4x 50 metre freestyle relay team which took third spot.
While in the in the boys 12-13 year old category, Jamie Ferguson came second in the 200 metre backstroke event also finishing in third place in the 100 metre backstroke event, w hile Lewis Thomson finished in fourth place with his boys 200 metre breaststroke swim and Calum Evans finished in seventh place in the 1 00 metre freestyle event.
Lewis Thomson also achieved third place in the 100 metre breaststroke alongside Roan Murray who finished sixth in the same race. Roan Murray also achieved an eighth place finish with his 200 metre individual medley event. Fraser Burgess and Jamie Golder finished in tenth and eleventh place respectively in the 200 metre freestyle event. While Fraser Burgess achieved a fifth place finish in the 100 metre butterfly with Kyle Muirhead not too far behind in seventh place.
Lasswade high school fielded two relay teams in the boys  12-13 year old 4x 50 metre freestyle. Lasswade A team, consisting of; Lewis Thomson, Fraser Burgess, Jamie Golder and Jamie Ferguson finished in third place, while Lasswade B team, consisting of Roan Murray, Thomas Henderson, Leo Marshall and Calum Evans finished in sixth place.
Representing Beeslack community high school  was Beth Mcfarlane who finished second in the 16-18 year old 100 metre and 200 breaststroke events and by Euan Edmiston who finished in third place with his 100 metre breaststroke swim and sixth place with his 400 metre freestyle swims in the 14-15 year old boys category. Jemma Gerstenberger was fifth in the 100 metre backstroke also finishing seventh in the girls 12-13 year old 200 metre breaststroke event. While Sam Paterson finished in eighth place with her 100 metre breaststroke and tenth position with her 200 metre breaststroke swims in the girls 14-15 year old category. Also representing the school was Adam Smith who finished in 10th place in the  boys 14-15 year old 200 metre freestyle also finishing in 13th place with his  100 metre freestyle swim.
Penicuik High school was represented by Evie Cuthbert who finished fifth in the girls 14-15 year old 200 metre butterfly event, and Fraser Wilson who won the boys 14-15 year old category 200 metre butterfly event and finished in second place in the 100 metre backstroke. Ellie Turnbull also finished in eleventh place with her girls 14-15 year old 100 metre breaststroke swim.
Cornbank Primary school was represented by Aimee Bell who finished in sixth place in the the girls 11 and under 50 metre freestyle event while Caledonia Crosland finished in eleventh place with her swim in the same category. Caledonia also finished ahead of Aimee in the 50 metre breaststroke event where they finished in fourth and fifth places respectively.
Chloe Barron representing Mauricewood Primary finished in eighth position in the girls 11 and under 50 metre freestyle and fifth place with her 50 metre butterfly swim.
Midlothian swimmer Freddie Parker finished in 13th place with his 14-15 year old 50 metre freestyle event and 12th place with his 50 metre backstroke swim representing Flora Stevenson. He was also part of his relay team which finished in fourth place in the boys 11 and under 4×50 metre freestyle relay. While Tess McMyn finished in 20th place with her girls 11 years and under 50 metre backstroke swim representing St Georges.
Bonnyrigg Primary was represented Abigail Porteous who finished in second place with her 50 metre breaststroke swim and by Calum Murray who finished in 25th place with his 11 years and under 50 metre freestyle swim. Abigail also finished in ninth place with her 50 metre butterfly swim while Calum achieved a 12th placing with his 50 metre butterfly swim
Rosewell Primary saw a 18th place in the 50 metre butterfly and 25th place in the 50 metre breaststroke events for Charlotte Thomson in the 11 and under category.

East District Age Group Championships (Round 1) Glenrothes 26 & 27 November 2016

The first round of the East District Age Group Championships was held at the Michael Woods Centre – Glenrothes on Saturday and Sunday 26-27th November. This prestigious event saw swimmers from Midlothian competing against other top swimmers from the Scottish Amateur Swimming Association east region. 

The East District Age Group Championships are held in three stages, the first weekend is this event in November and second is held in January 2017 and the “Finals” weekend held at at The Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh in February 2017. This final meet sees the fastest swimmers in each event compete to be crowned East District Age Group Champion.

Head coach Colin Barton was delighted with the youngsters efforts, saying “they  demonstrated their versatility, and coped extremely well with the switch to the longer distance events.” 

Eilidh Redpath won the girls 15 year olds 400 metre individual medley with a time of 5:03.87 with club captain, Beth McFarlane also competing in the girls 17 senior 400 metre Individual medley.

While Eilidh Redpath won the girls 15 year olds 800 metre freestyle and Jodie Finlay finished in eleventh spot in the same event. In the  girls 14 year olds 800 metre freestyle, Ria Colbridge finished in eighth place in good style 

In the boys 13 year olds 400 metre freestyle event, Fraser Burgess finished well in sixteenth spot. 

While in the older boys 14 year olds 400 metre freestyle, Jamie Ferguson finished in eighth place with Lewis Thomson not too far behind in fourteenth place. The1500 metre freestyle in the same age category saw a ninth placing for Jamie Ferguson in a time of 18:51.60 and a tenth place for Lewis Thomson in a time of 18:57.87.

Fraser Wilson won the boys 15 year olds 400 metre freestyle, an event which also saw Euan Edmiston finish in twelfth place. Fraser Wilson also finished in third place in the 1500 metre freestyle in a time of 17:29.96 with teammate Euan Edmiston finishing in seventh place in a time of 18:26.29

On Sunday it was another win for Fraser Wilson in the boys 15 year olds 400 metre individual medley  and second place for him in the boys 800 metre freestyle, with Euan Edmiston finishing in sixteenth place for his 400 metre individual medley swim. 
The girls 15 year olds 400 metre freestyle event saw another winning performance by Eilidh Redpath to win gold, with Jodie Finlay finishing in sixteenth place with her swim.

Ria Colbridge finished well in tenth place in the girls 14 year olds 400 metre freestyle event. 

Jamie Ferguson finished in seventh place in the boys 14 year olds 800 metre freestyle and a ninth placing for teammate Lewis Thomson for his swim in the same event. While Jamie Ferguson saw an eleventh place finish with his 400 metre individual medley swim.

In the relays the mixed 13-14 200 metre medley relay team achieved fifth place, while the  mixed 15-16 200 metre medley relay team went one better to finish fourth. 

The relays saw great team performances with a sixth place finish for midlothian A in the mixed 13-14 200 metre freestyle relay and a 4th placing in the  mixed 15-16 200 metre freestyle relay.

 

 

Carnegie Mini Meet -November 2016 – Glenrothes

Saturday saw a hard day of competition for the swimmers from Midlothian swimming club, as youngsters were in action at the Carnegie Mini Meet which was held at the Michael Woods Centre, Glenrothes. Development coach Lesley Inglis was “over the moon at the youngsters performances” saying “they all conducted themselves extremely well and were a credit to the club” Her personal performance highlights came in the mixed relay races, with medals for all three relay teams.

In the boys 7-8 year old category, Max Turnbull won both the 25 mete freestyle and backstroke events, finishing 3rd place in the 25 meter butterfly and 7th in the 25 metre breaststroke events. Luke Whitehorn finished in third spot in the 25 meter butterfly swim, 5th in backstroke and 7th, 8th places with his butterfly and breaststroke swims. Kristopher Morris came 10th, and 11th in the butterfly and backstroke swims and finished 17th in the breaststroke.

Jack Sewell finished in 4th place with his 50 metre swims in the breaststroke and butterfly events also finishing in 6th and 8th places respectively with his backstroke and freestyle in the 9 year old boys group.
In the boys 10 year old category, Calum Murray finished in second place with his 100 metre backstroke also finishing in fifth place with both his  50 meter freestyle, and butterfly swims, and 12th in the 50 metre breaststroke. Finlay Davies achieved a fourth place with his 50 metre Butterfly, sixth in backstroke and an 11th place in breaststroke,18th place with his freestyle. Jonah Turnbull finished 6th in the 100 metre Backstroke, and 8th in the 50 metre Butterfly and 13th and 17th with his respective 50 metre breaststroke and freestyle swims. Lucius Armitage finished 18th, 19th and 20th with his butterfly,breaststroke and freestyle 50 metre events. William Mackinnon achieved 16th place in the 50 meter butterfly and 22nd places for both his breaststroke and freestyle swims.
Freddie Parker, in the boys 11 year old category finished in sixth place with his 50 meter butterfly, 100 meter backstroke, and breaststroke swims. While Murray Irving finishing in 9th place with his 100 meter backstroke and breaststroke events also finishing in 12th place with his 50 meter butterfly swim.

Layla Sensat finished in 7th, 8th 9th and 10th places with her 25 metre Butterfly,backstroke, freestyle and breaststroke swims in the girls 7-8 year old category. While teammate Jessica Smith finished in 11th, 14th and 15th places with her  freestyle, breaststroke and  backstroke swims. In the longer distance 50 meter swims Rowan Bell came second with her 50 meter butterfly swim and third in both the freestyle and backstroke swims and fifth place in the breaststroke events.

While the 9 Year Old girls category saw Charlotte Thomson winning the  50 metre Butterfly and coming second in both Breaststroke and Backstroke and third place in the freestyle event. Katy Barron finished in sixth place with her Backstroke, butterfly and freestyle swims and 9th place in the breaststroke. While Charlotte Durkie finished in 12th spot with her 50 meter breaststroke and backstroke swims also finishing in 14th place in the butterfly and freestyle events. Ellie MacArthur finished in 15th and 16th place with her butterfly and breaststroke swims also finishing in 19th, 21st place in the freestyle and backstroke events. Olivia Young also finished 29th and 30th with her freestyle and backstroke swims.

 

In the girls 10 year old category, Chloe Barron and Aimee Bell were on top form. The 50 meter swims saw a win for Chloe in backstroke and butterfly with Aimee winning breaststroke, and also finishing in third place in the backstroke and 4th and 8th places in the freestyle and butterfly. Chloe also achieved a, 3rd and 6th place with her freestyle and breaststroke swims. Hollie Milligan came 16th , 21st and 22nd with her butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle swims also finishing in 18th place with her 100 meter backstroke Teammate Isla Stokes achieved 11th place with her 50 meter butterfly swim and 7th 100 meter backstroke and 19th in the 100 meter breaststroke event.
In the longer distance events Chloe Barron won the 100 meter freestyle and finished in second place in the 100 metre backstroke and 200 individual medley events also making 8th place in the 100 meter breaststroke. Aimee Bell finished in second place with her 100 meter breaststroke swim, also finishing in 3rd place with her 100 metre backstroke and 200 individual medley swims and 4th in the 100 meter freestyle.

The Girls 11 year old event 50 meter events saw a win for Abigail Porteous in the 50 metre Breaststroke also finishing in 3rd and 4th places with her backstroke and freestyle swims. Emily Durkie finished in 2nd place in the backstroke, 8th in the breaststroke and 12th place with her freestyle swim. Caledonia Crosland also finished second in her breaststroke, 5th in backstroke and 10th freestyle 50 meter swims. The longer distance swims again saw a win for Abigail Porteous in the 100 breaststroke and a third placing in the 200 individual medley and 8th place in 100 meter freestyle. While Caledonia Crosland finished 4th 100 metre backstroke, 7th 100 meter freestyle and 9th in 200 individual medley. Emily Durkie also performed well at the distance events finishing 6th, 9th, 10th respectively in the 200 individual medley, 100 meter breaststroke and freestyle events.

Midlothian Active Schools Competition 2016

In case you are not fully aware, Midlothian council are massive supporters of our swimming club. This year they have organised two swimming galas as part of their Active schools programme. This allowed youngsters to compete for their schools and showcase the depth of swimming talent that is present in the area. 

Head coach, Colin Barton and Development coach, Lesley Inglis both attended to represent our club and provided officials to look after each of the races. Lesley Inglis said ” It was a fabulous opportunity to get everyone involved regardless of standards, and all the youngsters oozed enthusiasm. It was a delight to witness the high levels of team spirit”. A spokesperson from Active Schools stated ” The atmosphere poolside was amazing from the start to the finish with each of the schools cheering their classmates and friends. The response from all the schools was fantastic and it is hoped that we can build on the success of this year to include more events.” 

First up were the primary classes who swam at Dalkeith Campus on the 4th October with the secondary competition held on 7th November.

Young swimmers from twelve Midlothian primary schools entered the primary event Lasswade PS, Lawfield PS, Rosewell PS, Woodburn PS, Stobhill PS, Gorebridge PS, Hawthornden PS, Loanhead PS, Cornbank PS, Kings Park PS, Mauricewood PS, Sacred Heart PS. With secondary schools, Beeslack, St David’s, Newbattle, Lasswade and Dalkeith all fielding swimmers on the second day, our club swimmers performed amazingly well with medal winning performances too numerous to mention. However worthy of note were the two secondary mixed relay teams from Lasswade who won convincingly in both events. Congratulations to all involved.

North District Open Championships (Inverness) – 5th November 2016

Midlothian swim duo headed north to Inverness on Saturday 5th November to compete at the North District Open Championships.   Eilidh Redpath and Fraser Wilson were undaunted by the 160 mile journey to compete against the best swimmers in the North district. There are four swimming areas in Scotland and the North district supports swimming clubs from  Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, and from throughout the Highlands, including Moray, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.  

img_1434

Eilidh and Fraser

Eilidh Redpath competed in the 50 metre backstroke, 50 metre freestyle, 100 metre butterfly and 200 metre individual medley events, making the finals with two of her heat swims. Finishing up in fifth place in the 100 meter butterfly final and collecting a bronze medal for her third place finish in the 200 metre individual medley event.

Fraser Wilson swam in 50 metre breaststroke, 50 metre butterfly, 100 metre freestyle and 200 metre butterfly events, making the final of the 200 meter butterfly where he took second place and collected a silver medal.

Head coach Colin Barton was delighted with the swimmers efforts stating “they both recorded personal best times in all their events and given that Eilidh and Fraser were competing in the 16 years and under age group, they did really well to qualify for finals and win medals considering they are aged only 13 and 14 years old respectfully.”

 

Lincoln Vulcans Open Meet – 22nd October 2016

Two Midlothian swimmers headed south recently to take part in the Lincoln Vulcans open meet which was held on 22nd October 2016 Ponds Forge, Sheffield. This event is seen as a warm up event ahead of the ASA intercounties championship which was held at the same venue on Sunday 23rd October. This major team event sees specially selected quads from across the uk, swimming to amass points for their district teams. The teams are ranked into leagues with top leagues swimming to avoid relegation to lower leagues. 

Two local swimmers were selected to represent the Scotland East team at both meets. At the Lincoln Vulcans meet, Eilidh Redpath won the 14 year old girls 200m IM with her time of  2:26.60 She was again on the winners podium with her 200m Freestyle swim, achieving a second place finish with both her 400m, and 100m Backstroke swims.  While Fraser Wilson won the 200m Freestyle in the 14 Yrs Age Group category in a time of 2:02.08 also winning the 200m IM and 400m Freestyle swims as well as winning the Boys Open 100m Backstroke at the Lincoln Vulcans Saturday meet.

 

Fraser was then was selected to swim the backstroke leg in the 200 meter medley event at intercounties championship in his age category. The medley team finished in second place behind Yorkshire Overall, the  Scotland East team finished in sixth position in league. Next year Scotland West moves up to the same league as they gain promotion from the second league, meaning competition will intensify. 

 

Head coach Colin Barton praised the youngsters saying “Eilidh and Fraser were both the youngest swimmers selected in their age group so their selection  alone was an achievement. Despite both being being less than 100% health wise they swam extremely well particularly on the Saturday.