Active Schools Swimming Gala October 2016

The 2016 Active Schools Swimming Gala was held at Dalkeith Campus on Tuesday 4th October 2016. A total of twelve Midlothian schools were involved including 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. Swimmers came from from Primaries 5, 6 and 7 and the gala ended with an Awards Ceremony for all the winners. Thanks Active Schools and Midlothian council for supporting the event, which proved to be a huge success.
There was a tremendous atmosphere poolside, with school pupils cheering on their classmates and friends, and it is hoped to build on the success of this years event. Special thanks are extended to Midlothian Swimming Club who supported the event by providing officials.  
Midlothian swimming club youngsters were on winning form with a win for Chloe Barron in the 50 metre front crawl and a third place for Alex Tice-Young.  Charlotte Thomson won the 25 metre back stroke,  with Charlotte Durkie finishing in third spot. The 50 meter back stroke saw a second and third for Caledonia Crossland and Mia Ponton. While Aimee Bell won the 25 metre breaststroke event with a third place for Charlotte Thomson. Aimee Bell also won the 50 metre breaststroke swim with Chloe Barron making do with in second place. Leaving Jonah Turnbull to finish in second place in the boys 50 metre breaststroke event.  Erin Ponton was third in the P5 25 metre back stroke event with a time of 27.97 seconds.  WELL DONE EVERYONE.

Haddington 100s Meet – 18 September 2016

A large contingent of youngsters from Midlothian swimming club were in action at the Haddington 100s meet which was held at Mercat Gait Pool, Prestonpans on the 18th September 2016

In the 10 & Under category 100 metre backstroke event, Chloe Barron won gold with Aimee bell finishing in 2nd place. While Emily Durkie finished 6th in the same event, but in the 11 year old girls category. Olivia Muirhead and Cerys Pritchard finished 4th and 10th in the 12 year old category with a 5th placing for Jemma Gerstenberger in the 13 year old category. While Evie Cuthbert contented herself with 13th place in the 14 year old & over category.

The boys 100 metre backstroke event saw a 1st and 4th placing for Fraser Burgess and Muir Simpson respectively in the 11 year old category. While in the twelve year old category swim there was a large number of entrants from the club. So Roan Murray finished in 5th place with Calum Evans and Leo Marshall finished in 7th and 10th place, while Colin Doyle and Kyle Muirhead achieving 11th and 13th place finishes. In the same event in the boys 13 year old category Lewis Thomson finished in 3rd spot while Jamie Golder finished in 11th place. The boys 14 & over category saw a fast swim for Adam Wood who finished in 7th place with Euan Edmiston ending up in 11th place. While Josh Gardiner finished in 17th position with Adam Smith finished in 18th place

The girls 400 metre freestyle event saw a 3rd place for Ria Colbridge and 12th place for Evie Cuthbert. While in the boys 400 meter freestyle, Euan Edmiston finished in 4th place with Jamie Ferguson finishing in 5th and Adam Wood making 12th place.

Fraser Burgess was 2nd in the boys 11 year old 100 meter breaststroke event, with a 5th place for Muir Simpson. While in the boys 12 year old category of the same event, Jamie Ferguson finished in 2nd place with a fifth place for Roan Murray. Colin Doyle and Calum Evans finished 8th and 9th respectively. The 13 year old category saw a win for Lewis Thomson and a 7th place for Jamie Golder. While in the older 14 year old category Josh Gardiner finished 14th place with Adam Smith finishing just behind.

The girls 100 breaststroke swim in the 10 & unders saw a win for Aimee Bell. While Cerys Pritchard finished in 12th place in the 12 year old category, with a second place for Ria Colbridge in the 13 year old girls category. Also finishing just behind, was Jemma Gerstenberger in 3rd place and Charlotte Scott ended up in 13th place. Beth McFarlane stormed home in the girls 14 & over category, while Ellie Turnbull finished in 12th spot.

Chloe Barron was again on winning for in the 100 metre Fly for 10 & Under girls with a 5th placing for Aimee Bell. The same event for 11 year old girls saw Emily Durkie finish 9th, while Olivia Muirhead achieved a 3rd place in the 12 year old category. Ria Colbridge also finished 3rd in the 100 Fly for 13 year old girls, with a 5th placing for Jemma Gerstenberger and a 9th place for Charlotte Scott. In the 14 year old and overs Beth McFarlane finished in 3rd place, while Evie Cuthbert finished in 6th place.

Fraser Burgess won the same event, 100 metere fly, in the 11 year old boys category. While Jamie Ferguson, Roan Murray and Calum Evans finished well in 2nd, 3rd and 6th places respectively in the 12 year old swims. Lewis Thomson and Jamie Golder finished 5th and 9th places in the 13 year old category.While the boys 14 years and over swims saw a 2nd place for Matthias Rietvelt, a 6th place for Euan Edmiston. This left Adam Smith and Josh Gardiner to finish in 14th and 15th places respectively.

Fraser Burgess also won the boys 100 freestyle in the 11 year old swim with Muir Simpson finishing in 6th spot. The 12 year old category swim saw a 2nd place for Jamie Ferguson, and 8th, 9th place for Calum Evans and Roan Murray. Leaving Colin Doyle, Kyle Muirhead and Leo Marshall to finish 11th,13th and 14th places respectively. The 13 year old boys saw a 4th place for Lewis Thomson and 9th place for Jamie Golder. In the 14 year old and over category, Matthias Rietvelt finished 9th with and 11th place for Euan Edmiston. Leaving Adam Wood, Adam Smith and Josh Gardiner finishing in 14th,19th and 20th places respectively.

The girls 10 & under, 100 metre freestyle event saw a 2nd and 3rd place for Chloe Barron and Aimee Bell. The same event in the 11 year old girls category saw an 8th placing for Emily Durkie. Olivia Muirhead finished in 7th place in the 12 year old event with an 11th place for Cerys Pritchard and a 15th placing for Jessica Thomson. While Ria Colbridge achieved 4th place, with Jemma Gerstenberger, and Charlotte Scott finishing in 6th and 16th place respectively in the 13 year old category. Leaving Evie Cuthbert and Ellie Turnbull finishing in 13th and 19th place for the 14 & Over.

East District Time Trials – October 2016

This weekend (1st & 2nd October), swimmers from Midlothian swimming club were chasing fast swim times, at the East District Time Trials. This event was held at Mercat Gait pool, Prestonpans, providing swimmers with an opportunity to gain consideration times for the Scottish National age group championships which are held early in 2017. This competition, therefore attracts lots of youngsters who are chasing these elusive consideration times.
Head coach Colin Barton stated “many swimmers competing this weekend started well outside the consideration times, so it was always going to be a challenge to attain the times. However they rose to the occasion and succeeded in producing ten consideration times, in addition there were several swimmers who only just missed out, as well as producing some huge personal best swims.
In the Girls 16 year old category Sam Paterson won the 800 metre freestyle event, finishing in third place in the 200 metre freestyle and finishing in fourth place in the 400 metre freestyle event.
While in the Girls 15 year old category, the 200 metre individual medley swim saw a win for Eilidh Maguire, with Ellie Turnbull finishing in third place in the 200 metre breaststroke with a fifth placing for Izzy Drysdale. In the 200 metre freestyle Izzy Drysdale finished in fifth place with an eighth place for Ellie Turnbull and eleventh placing for Eilidh Maguire with Abigail McAllister finishing well in seventeenth position. The 800 metre freestyle event, saw Evie Cuthbert finishing in second place with a fifth placing for Ellie Brown. In the 400 metre freestyle swim it was a fourth place for Evie Cuthbert with Izzy Drysdale finishing in seventh place, with Ellie Brown finishing eleventh. The 200 metre individual medley saw a blistering finish for Izzy Drysdale finishing first with teammate Ellie Turnbull finishing just behind in second place. Ellie Turnbull also finished in fourth place in the 200 metre backstroke event.
Olivia Muirhead finished in fifth place in the girls 14 year olds category, 400 metre freestyle swim with a seventh place finish for Jemma Gerstenberger. Who went one better in sixth place, in the 200 metre freestyle, while teammates Olivia Muirhead and Charlotte Scott finished ninth and twelfth place respectively.
Jemma Gerstenberger also finished in fifth place in the 800 metre freestyle, while Charlotte Scott finished in fourth place in the 200 metre individual medley. Olivia Muirhead finished in fifth place 400 metre freestyle with a seventh place finish for Jemma Gerstenberger.
While in the girls 10-12 year old category, Aimee Bell finished in second place with Caledonia Crosland finishing in fifth place and an eleventh place for Abigail Porteous with their 200 metre freestyle swims. While it was also a fifth place for Caledonia Crosland 200 metre backstroke
Amy Sewell finished in third place in the 200 metre individual medley in the girls 13 year olds category. While the 200 metre freestyle event saw a seventeenth place for Emily Durkie with
Jessica Thomson and Amy Sewell finishing in 23rd and 25th places respectively. Emily Durkie finished fourth in the 200 metre breaststroke, and sixth in the 200 metre individual medley while Jessica Thomson finished in 8th place. Emily Durkie also finished in tenth place in the 400 metre freestyle
Adam Smith won the 15 Year Olds 200 metre individual medley also achieving a fourth place in 400 metre freestyle and 200 metre freestyle events.
In the boys 14 year old category 400 metre freestyle event, Jamie Golder, finished in fourth place, with a fifth place in the 200 metre breaststroke. While in the 200 metre freestyle, Jamie Golder achieved sixth place with teammate Kyle Muirhead finishing in eighth spot. However it was gold for Golder in the 200 metre individual medley with second place for teammate Kyle Muirhead.
Calum Evans finished in 2nd place in the boys 13 year old category 1500 metre freestyle, distance event. While Roan Murray finished in third place with Colin Doyle finishing behind him in fourth place in the much shorter 200 metre freestyle event. Roan Murray also finishing in fourth spot with his 400 metre freestyle swim.
Club president, Moira Doyle was “delighted with all the youngsters performances.”

District Swim Training Day 2016

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(Back left) Ellie Robertson, (Back Right) Ria Colbridge,  (Front Left) Lewis Thomson, (Front Right) Jamie Ferguson

 

Midlothian swimmers have been making a bit of a splash with their swim performances. Four youngsters have been selected to attend this year’s  District Regional  training days. Top performance times last season, meant Ria Colbridge, Jamie Ferguson, Ellie Robertson, and Lewis Thomson were amongst some of the top  swimmers from the East of Scotland, in the 11 – 14 years old  age category. As a result of their achievements, they  have been  invited to attend three intensive days of swim training at Lochgelly High School, along with other talent swimmers from teams all over the East District Region.   The first of these days was 25th September, with another dates falling in November and December. The youngsters are split into different groups according to their age category and will undergo training in  the pool, and also land based exercise plus other educational  sessions. On completion of these three days, if they impress the coaching staff they stand a chance of being nominated to attend an additional day of training in April 2017.

Midlothian swimming, head coach Colin Barton is ‘proud of all the youngsters hard work and achievements” and is “looking forward to their future performances.”

 

Midlothian Sports Awards 2016

The 2016 Midlothian Sports Awards was staged at Lasswade High School on Friday evening. Midlothian Swimming Club youngster, 14-year-old Fraser Wilson was delighted to win the Junior Sports Personality award after another impressive year of achievement in the pool.   Fraser, is a multiple Scottish national age group champion and schools champion.
 
Colin Barton Head Coach, was there to witness Fraser pick up his trophy, saying  ‘To win this award when up against so many very talented young people from all sports, is a great achievement. It is wonderful to see that Fraser’s dedication and hard work has been recognised.”
The Paralympian swimmer Scott Quin was crowned Senior Sports Personality at the 2016 Midlothian Sports Awards.  The  Loanhead-based swimmer, 26, topped off a memorable year with this award. Earlier in the year he won a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke SB14 paralympicfinal in Rio. Scott said:  “I’m proud to come from Midlothian and the support I’ve received from everybody in the local area has been unbelievable.”

 

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Iain MacFadyen Memorial Gala, 3rd September 2016 – Prestonpans

Congratulations to all the Midlothian swimmers who were competing at Iain MacFadyen Memorial Gala held at Mercat Gait Centre – Prestonpans on the 3rd of September. The long summer break must have been good for the youngsters as Development coach Lesley Inglis was “surprised and delighted with the youngsters performances.” The team succeeded in picking up points trophy, a historic first for the club, as well as breaking a few meet records.”

In the girls 11 year old 100 metre individual medley event, Caledonia Crosland achieved a bronze medal. While Emily Durkie finished in sixth place, and Abigail Porteous finished in eighth position, with a 14th place for Amy Sewell, 19th position for Mia Ponton, and 20th place for Molly Hall.

In the boys 11 year Old 100 metre individual medley event Freddie Parker finished in 5th place with a seventh placing for Murray Irving.

Cerys Pritchard finished in sixth position in the girls 12 year old 100 metre backstroke event while it was second and third place for Roan Murray and Calum Evans in the boys 12 year old 100 Metre Backstroke, with a 7th place for Kyle Muirhead.

In the girls 8-10 year old 25 metre butterfly Erin Ponton and Ellie Cassidy finished in 15th and 16th place.

Chloe Barron won gold in the girls 8-10 year old 50 metre butterfly event with bronze for Aimee Bell. While Isla Stokes achieved 14th position with and 18th place for Katy Barron and 22nd placing for Orla Maxwell.

In the boys 8-10 50 metre butterfly event Calum Murray achieved seventh place with 11th placing for Sam Whitehorn

Abigail Porteous was on winning form in the girls 11 year old 50 metre breaststroke event, with a bronze for Caledonia Crosland and a fourth position for Emily Durkie. Amy Sewell finished in ninth place with Mia Ponton and Molly Hall finishing in 15th and 16th position respectively.
Muir Simpson finished in fifth place in the boys 11 year Old 50 metre breaststroke event with a seventh and eighth place finish for Murray Irving and Freddie Parker.

Cerys Pritchard finished in fourth place in the girls 12 year old 100 metre breaststroke event while Roan Murray won gold in the boys 12 year old 100 metre breaststroke event.

In the girls 8-10 year old 50 metre backstroke it was silver and bronze medals for Chloe Barron and Aimee Bell. With 16th place finish for Isla Stokes, 19th place for Katy Barron, 25th for Orla Maxwell, and 28th for Rowan Bell. While Charlotte Durkie finished in 31st position and Ellie Cassidy achieved 40th place and Erin Ponton finishing in 42nd place.

In the boys 8-10 year old 50 metre backstroke event there was an eighth position for Calum Murray, tenth for Sam Whitehorn and 18th place for Jack Sewell.

While it was and 8th, 9th and 10th position for Emily Durkie, Abigail Porteous, and Caledonia Crosland respectively in the girls 11 year old 50 metre butterfly event with Amy Sewell finishing in 12th place.

In the boys 11 year old 50 metre butterfly event Muir Simpson, Freddie Parker and Murray Irving finished in fifth, sixth and seventh place respectively.

While in the relay event the Midlothian A team won a bronze medal in the Mixed 8-10 4×25 Metre Medley Relay and silver and bronze in the for the Midlothian A and B teams in the Mixed 11-12 4×50 Metre Medley Relay

Cerys Pritchard finished in fifth place in the girls 12 year old 100 metre individual medley, while Roan Murray won silver in the boys 12 year old 100 metre individual medley, with Calum Evans and Kyle Muirhead finishing in fourth and sixth position.

Aimee Bell was on gold medal winning form in the girls 8-10 50 metre breaststroke with a seventh place for Chloe Barron. Katy Barron, Orla Maxwell, Charlotte Durkie and Isla Stokes finished in 18th, 21st, 23rd and 26th positions rspectively while Rowan bell Ellie Cassidy and Erin Ponton finished in 36th, 40, and 41st places.

While Sam Whitehorn finished in ninth position in the boys 8-10 50 metre breaststroke, with a 16th and 17th place finish for Jack Sewell and Calum Murray.

In the girls 11 year old 50 metre backstroke, Emily Durkie and Caledonia Crosland finished in 7th and 8th place with Amy Sewell, Mia Ponton and Molly Hall finishing in 14th, 15th and 17th places.

Freddie Parker won a bronze medal in the boys 11 year old 50 metre backstroke, with a sixth and seventh place finish for Muir Simpson and Murray Irving.

While Calum Evans won gold boys 12 year old 50 metre butterfly with a bronze medal placing for Kyle Muirhead.

Chloe Barron won gold in the girls 8-10 year old 50 metre freestyle with a silver medal for Aimee Bell. While it was a 21st, 26th, 27th, 30th, 36th and 42nd placing for teammates Isla Stokes, Orla Maxwell, Katy Barron, Charlotte Durkie, Rowan Bell and Ellie Cassidy.

The boys 8-10 year old 50 metre freestyle saw a 13th place for Calum Murray, 15th place for Sam Whitehorn and 20th place for Jack Sewell.

In the girls 11 year old 100 metre freestyle event, Emily Durkie finished in ninth position with 11th, 12th 17th and 18th place for Caledonia Crosland, Amy Sewell, Molly Hall and 18th place for Mia Ponton.

Freddie Parker and Muir Simpson won silver and bronze medals in the boys 11 year old 100 metre freestyle while Murray Irving finished in sixth place.

Also finishing in sixth place was Cerys Pritchard in the girls 12 year old 100 metre freestyle event.

While it was third, fourth and fifth place for Calum Evans, Roan Murray and Kyle Muirhead in the boys 12 year old 100 metre freestyle event.

A third place finish for the mixed 8-10 year old 4×25 metre freestyle relay team with a time of 1:10.55 while it was 3rd and 5th position for Midlothian A and B teams in the Mixed 11-12 4×50 metre freestyle relay event.

Lothian Leagues Round 3 – 18th June 2016

Midlothian swimmers were competing in the final round of the team event the Lothian Leagues competition which were held at Prestonpans on the 18th June. Development coach Lesley Inglis was delighted with the youngsters, saying “hard work during training sessions is improving their technique all the time” although there is a training break over the summer period she hopes “that these lessons have sunk in and further improvements will be made next season.”

In the Girls 8-9 year old category swim there was a second place for Charlotte Thomson in the 50 metre butterfly, she followed that up with a third in the 50 metre breaststroke. While teammate Charlotte Durkie finished in 11th place for that event. Rowan Bell achieved seventh spot in the 25 metre butterfly event. Ellie Macarthur should be proud of her 13th place in the 50 metre butterfly event which saw a massive reduction in her personal best time. The 50 metre backstroke race saw fifth place for Katy Barron and 13th position for Erin Ponton. Orla Maxwell achieved a tenth place with her 50 meter freestyle swim and Olivia Young finished just behind in 14th spot.

In the boys 8-9 category Calum Murray came second in the 50 metre backstroke and third in the 50 metre freestyle event, with teammate Finlay Davies finishing in fourth place in both his 50 metre butterfly and breastroke swims. While Jack Sewell achieved fifth place with his 25 metre butterfly performance.

In the girls 10-11 year old category it was a win for Chloe Barron in the Girls 10-11 200 metre freestyle event with a 12th place finish for Amy Sewell. The 100 metre individual medley saw a second place for Aimee Bell and sixth for Emily Durkie, who also finished in eighth place with her 50 metre breaststroke performance. The 50 metre butterfly event saw a fifth place finish for

Caledonia Crosland with teammate Mia Ponton finishing in 18th place. Abigail Porteous also finished in ninth place in the 50 metre backstroke event with Mia Ponton again finishing well in 14th place.

Fraser Burgess was second in the 50 metre breaststroke representing the boys 10-11 year old category. Also achieving a third place in the 50 metre backstroke event. Joanh Turnbull was ninth in the 100 metre individual medley and 13th in the 50 metre butterfly event, leaving Muir Simpson to take tenth spot with his 200 metre freestyle swim.

Olivia Muirhead achieved an eighth place finish for her 100 metre butterfly and ninth in her 200 metre freestyle event. While it was a 12th and 14th place respectively for Cerys Pritchard in her 100 metre breaststroke and backstroke swims all swimming in the girls 12-13year old category,

In the boys 12-13year old category, the 100 metre  butterfly event, saw Adam Smith finishing in fifth place, also finishing in seventh place for his 200 metre individual medley performance. Colin Doyle also achieved seventh place with his 100 metre breaststroke swim. While Adam Smith and Colin Doyle finished in 14th and 16th place respectively in the 50 metre freestyle event. Kyle Muirhead was eighth in the 200 metre freestyle while Leo Marshall finished in a respectable tenth place in the 100 metre backstroke event.

The relays saw a win for Midlothian A in the mixed 10-11 4×50 Metre Freestyle Relay in a time of 2:20.65. The girls 10-11 year old 4×50 Metre Freestyle Relay team also achieved a third place finish. While the girls 8-9 4×25 Metre Freestyle Relay  ‘A’ team had to make do with fifth place while the B team finished well in eleventh place.  The Midlothian ‘A’  boys 12-13year old 4×50 Metre Freestyle Relay team finished in 7th place in a time of 2:34.04.