Aquanauts – 15th Annual Graded Meet 25th June 2016

Midlothian swimmers were in action on Saturday 25th June, at the Aquanauts Annual Graded Meet at Xcite pool in – Bathgate. Aimee Bell won the girls 8-10 year old 200 metre breaststroke event with teammate Abigail Porteous finishing in third place in the older 11-12 year old category. Emily Durkie achieved eighth position, while Cerys Pritchard, finished in tenth position for in same event.

Jemma Gerstenberger was on blistering form to win the 200 metre breaststroke with sixth position for Ellie Turnbull in the 13-14 year age group. Abigail Porteous achieved an eleventh place with her 200 metre individual medley swim, while Lucy Levine finished in fourth place in the older 15 year old and over category, of the same event. Ellie Robertson also finished in third spot in the girls 13-14 year old 200 metre individual medley, with teammates Jemma Gerstenberger and Ellie Brown finishing in fourth and seventh position respectively. Cerys Pritchard finished in eighth position with her 200 meter backstroke swim.

Youngster Chloe Barron won gold in the  200 meter backstroke event  in her 8-10 year age group. While it was a third position for Aimee Bell in the 400 meter freestyle swim in the 8-10 year old category and a seventeenth placing for Emily Durkie in the 11-12 year old category at the same distance. Ellie Brown finished in 12th position and Lucy Levine finishing in third place in the older age categories.

In the boys 13-14 year old 400 metre freestyle swim saw Adam Smith finishing in and eleventh place. While Muir Simpson, achieved fifth place for his swim in the 11-12year old  200 metre backstroke. The girls 8 years & over 4×50 Metre Squadron Relay finished in third position in a thrilling race.

As the swimming season comes to a close Head coach Colin Barton stated, that all the team coaches are “pleased with the progress the youngsters are making. and hopes they return to full training with enthusiasm”

Scottish Summer Meet – July 2016

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IMG_2862A small contingent of six Midlothian swimmers, headed north to the Aberdeen aquatics centre this month to compete in the prestigious Scottish summer meet. This competition provides a tough competitive challenge ahead of the British summer meet held in Sheffield 26–31 July. Head coach, Colin Barton was pleased to see the youngsters ” managing to maintain high standards, as they continue to produce some impressive results, despite this competition coming at the end of a long hard season”

Katie Golder won the girls 16 year old 200 metre individual medley event in a time of 2:30.6, also claiming gold in the 50 metre backstroke. While finishing in third place with her 200 metre backstroke swim and in fifth with the 400 metre freestyle.

Club captain Beth McFarlane was swimming in the girls 17-18 year old category, where she finished in second place in the 100 metre and 200 metre breaststroke finals and third place in the 50 metre breaststroke with a time of 34.77.

In the girls 14 year old category, Eilidh Redapth won the 200 metre and 400 metre individual medley events. While finishing in silver medal position with her 100 metre butterfly swim and third place in her 50 metre and 400 meter freestyle events. Also claiming fourth place in the 100 metre freestyle swim, with a time 1:02.66 and achieving seventh and eighth places finishes with her 200 meter butterfly and 200 meter freestyle swims.

Jamie Ferguson finished in third place in the 200 backstroke final in the boys 12-13 year old category. He also finished in eighth place in the 100 metre backstroke final and in eleventh spot with his 200 meter butterfly swim.

In the same age category, Lewis Thomson, achieved a fifth place for his 200 meter breaststroke and a seventh placing in the 50 metre breaststroke event. Also finishing in ninth position with his 100 metre breaststroke swim.

Fraser Wilson was competing in the boys 14 year old category where he won gold in the 200 meter backstroke, 100 meter freestyle and 200 metre individual medley events. He also finished in silver medal position with his 200 meter freestyle swim.

Thanks to Debbie McFarlane and Nicola Ferguson for the lovely photographs.

Midlothian Annual Minnows Gala -21 May 2016

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It was a case of all hands on deck for the Club, as we hosted the Midlothian minnows meet at the Mercat Gait pool in Prestonpans on Saturday. Eyes might have been on Hampden with the Cup final between Rangers and Hibernian but the competition was fierce in the water. Swimmers from Kelso, Tranent, Kinross, Peebles, Livingston, Haddington, Bo’ness and Warrender all competed with the points trophy being won by Midlothian with Tranent coming close behind in second place.

 

Club President Moira Doyle, was “delighted with this win” but took time to ” thank all the parents, officials and timekeepers who volunteered and helped make the meet such a great success.”

In the the Girls 9 years and under events, Midlothian swimmer Chartlotte Thomson was on gold medal winning form, finishing in first place in the 25 meter butterfly, backstroke, breastroke and freestyle events.  While in the boys events, Calum Murray won his 25 meter butterfly, backstroke and freestyle events but he had to be content with fourth place in his 25 meter breaststroke swim but was joined by teammate Jack Sewell who finished in fifth place. Aimee Bell dominated in the girls 10 year and under category winning the 50 metre butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle events. While teammate Isla Stokes finished in third place in 50 meter backstroke, also achieving fourth place in butterfly and fifth place in 50 metre breaststroke event.

In the boys 10 year old 50 metre butterfly Jonah Turnbull achieved sixth place with Rauridh Fraser finishing just behind in seventh place. Jonah also manged to achieve seventh place in the 50 metre breaststroke swim and eighth for his backstroke event, finally finishing tenth with his 50 metre freestyle swim.

It was Midlothian domination in the afternoon with first four places going to Ellie Robertson, Ria Colbridge, Jemma Gerstenberger and Olivia Muirhead in the girls 11-12 50 metre butterfly event.
The girls 50 metre backstroke and freestyle events saw a win for Ellie Robertson with Ria Colbridge and third for Jemma Gerstenberger in both races. Olivia Muirhead and Charlotte Scott managed fifth and sixth places in the 50 meter freestyle.

While it was a show of force in the girls 50 metre breaststroke event with the top eight places going to Midlothian swimmers. Ria Colbridge  came out top winning gold with Jemma Gerstenberger, Ellie Robertson, Caledonia Crosland, Charlotte Scott, Emily Durkie, Olivia Muirhead and Cerys Pritchard finishing behind.

Jamie Ferguson was on top form to win all four events in the boys 11-12year old category which  also saw Fraser Burgess achieving second place in the 50 metre butterfly, backstroke, and freestyle events managing fifth place with his breaststroke swim. Calum Evans finished in third place in 50 meter breaststroke and 50 meter freestyle, achieving fourth place in the 50 metre butterfly and 50 metre backstroke.

The 50 meter butterfly event also saw a fifth and sixth place for Roan Murray and Kyle Muirhead.
Roan Murray’s best swim came with a second in the 50 metre breaststroke and third in 50 metre backstroke. He also achieved joint fifth spot with teammate Kyle Muirhead in the 50 metre freestyle with Freddie Parker having to make do with seventh place.

The girls 11-12 year old relay events saw a gold and silver medal being won in the 4×50 Metre Freestyle Relay by Midlothian A and B teams. The same placings were repeated in the boys 11-12 year old 4×50 metre freestyle  relay events with  Midlothian A and B teams finishing in top spot.

InCAS Distance Meet – Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th May 2016

Midlothian swimmers were again action this weekend at the Incas distance meet which was held at Carnegie Leisure Centre, Dunfermline. Head coach Colin Barton said, “this meet included all the longer distance events and the swimmers reaped the rewards for all the endurance work they have put in since the start of the season” also saying ” I was very happy with the youngsters results.”

Ria Colbridge was on winning form in the girls 11-12 year old, 800 metre freestyle event, which also saw, Jemma Gerstenberger finishing in eighth place. It was also a strong showing in the same event in the older girls category, with a decisive win for Eilidh Redpath with a time of 9:36.85. Jodie Finlay finishing in second place with Sam Paterson and Ellie Brown, Izzy Drysdale all swimming well, finishing in fifth, sixth and seventh place respectively. It was also a first and second place for Fraser Wilson and Lewis Thomson in same event for the boys 13-14 year olds.

In the 200 metre breaststroke event, Roan Murray finished in tenth place in the 8-10 year old category with another win for Fraser Wilson in the 13-14 year old category.  Euan Edmiston also finished in seventh place with a thirteenth spot being claimed by Jamie Golder in the same age category.

The girls 11-12 year old, 200 metre individual medley saw lots of swims for Midlothian swimming club, with the best being a tenth spot for Jemma Gerstenberger. Although, Olivia Muirhead, Abigail Porteous, Caledonia Crosland, and Cerys Pritchard, also finished the race in 13th, 17th, 22nd and 23rd respectively.  In the older 13-14 year old category, Eilidh Redpath was again on winning form with  her swim, while Evie Cuthbert finished in third place with Ellie Brown achieving seventh place.

Jodie Finlay won the girls 13-14 year old 200 metre butterfly event in a time of  2:41.27 with Evie Cuthbert finishing in second place with a time of 2:52.54

While in the boys 11-12 year old 1500 metre freestyle event, Jamie Ferguson finished in second place with Calum Evans finishing in sixth place. The older boys race saw Fraser Wilson finishing first with a third place for Euan Edmiston and a fourth placing for Lewis Thomson.

Ria Colbridge was second in the girls 11-12 year olds 200 metre breaststroke with a fourth place for  Jemma Gerstenberger and 17th place for Abigail Porteous and 22nd for Cerys Pritchard. In the same event for 13-14 year old category, saw Eilidh Redpath win again, with a fourth, fifth and seventh place for Sam Paterson, Jodie Finlay and Izzy Drysdale. Eilidh Redpath also won the girls 13-14 year old 400 metre individual medley in a time of  5:07.71

Fraser Burgess achieved ninth place in the boys 11-12 year old, 200 metre individual medley event with a 12th and 15th place for teammates Roan Murray and Kyle Muirhead. While in the Boys 13-14 year 200 metre individual medley event ,Lewis Thomson finished in fifth place with a ninth place finish for Adam Smith.

Ria Colbridge won gold, in the girls 11-12 year old 400 metre freestyle event, with teamates, Olivia Muirhead, Cerys Pritchard finishing in seventeenth and twentieth place. Also Eilidh Redpath won gold again with her 400 meter swim, with a fourth place for Jodie Finlay and an eight, ninth and tenth place for Evie Cuthbert, Ellie Brown and Sam Paterson.

While it was seventh place success for Olivia Muirhead in the girls 11-12 year old 200 metre backstroke event, with Caledonia Crosland finishing in fifteenth spot. In the older girls 13-14 year old category, Sam Paterson achieved a fifth place for her swim with sixth, seventh and eighth spots being claimed by Evie Cuthbert, Ellie Brown and Eilidh Maguire.
 

There were lots of swims in the boys 11-12 200 metre freestyle event, which saw a third place for Jamie Ferguson, an eleventh placing for Fraser Burgess. While Calum Evans achieved fifteenth place with 17th and 18th place for Roan Murray and Kyle Muirhead.  In the older 13-14 year old event, Fraser Wilson won, with a fourth place going to Euan Edmiston. While Adam Smith achieved ninth place and a tenth place finish for Jamie Golder.

In the boys 11-12 year old 400 metre freestyle, Jamie Ferguson finished in silver medal position with an eighth place for Fraser Burgess. Calum Evans also finished in 13th position with Roan Murray finishing just behind. In the boys 13-14year old 400 category it was another gold for Fraser Wilson with a fifth place going to Euan Edmiston and an eighth place for Adam Smith and ninth place for Jamie Golder.

Jamie Ferguson won the boys 11-12 year old 200 metre backstroke with and eleventh place finish for Fraser Burgess. Fraser Wilson was again out front in the boys 13-14year old 200 metre backstroke winning gold with Euan Edmiston finishing in seventh place.

The girls 11-12 year old 200 metre freestyle event saw second place for Ria Colbridge and a 15th placing for Olivia Muirhead. While Cerys Pritchard finished in 17th position with Caledonia Crosland finishing just behind, with 20th place being claimed by Jessica Thomson.

In the final race of the weekend, it was a gold medal for Eilidh Redpath in the girls 13-14 year old 200 metre freestyle event with Jodie Finlay finishing in third place, plus a fourth place finish for Evie Cuthbert. While fifth place was claimed by Ellie Brown with a tenth place finish for Eilidh Maguire.

C.O.A.S.T. Long Course Competition – 30th April – 1st May 2016

Recently a  small team of ten swimmers headed north to compete at the C.O.A.S.T Long Course competition, held at the 50 meter  pool at the Aquatics Centre, in Aberdeen.

Head coach Colin Barton praised the youngsters, saying “that despite it being a new challenge for some, traveling away from home and competing against swimmers from another swimming district. I was extremely pleased with how they coped. ”

AFAB95D5432D493AA3674DEAA8E6B2D4Katie Golder finished in second place with her 16years and over 200 metre backstroke and individual medlay events. Also finishing in fifth place in the 100 metre butterfly final and sixth place in the 50 metre backstroke final.

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While Eilidh Redpath won the girls 11-13year old, 50 metre butterfly, 100 metre freestyle, breaststroke, 200 metre breaststroke and 400 metre freestyle swims. She was also second position in the 50 metre freestyle, 200 metre freestyle events and third in the 100 metre butterfly final whilst finishing sixth in the 200 metre butterfly event.

Jamie Ferguson was third in the 200 metre backstroke, and fifth in the boys 11-13year old 100 metre backstroke final. Also finishing ninth in the 200 metre butterfly, and tenth position in the final of the 50 metre backstroke. Making do with thirteenth place in both the 50 metre freestyle and 400 metre freestyle events, and  fifteenth place in the 200 metre freestyle.

In the girls 11-13year old 100 metre butterfly event, Ellie Brown was 33rd and finished 31st with her 100 metre backstroke swim. Ria Colbridge finished in 14th position with her 50 metre breaststroke and 200 metre breaststroke swims. Also achieving 17th place with her 100 metre breaststroke and joint 24th  place with her 50 metre butterfly swims.

Izzy Drysdale also did well to achieved 31st place for her 50 meter breaststroke and 40th place with her 100 metre breaststroke events in the girls 14-15 year old category.
Evie Cuthbert also swam well in 20th position overall in the same age category, with her 100 metre butterfly swim and 26th placing for her 200 metre backstroke. Sam Paterson was 28th in her 100 metre butterfly swim and 50th in the 50 metre backstroke event.

Euan Edmiston was 24th in the boys 14-15year old 100 metre butterfly, 30th place in the 50 metre backstroke, 33rd 100 metre freestyle, 35th place in the 100 metre breaststroke.

The mixed 11-14year old 200 Meter Medley Relay team saw a fourth spot for Midlothian  ‘A’     team consisting of Fraser Wilson, Ria Colbridge, Eilidh Redpath and Euan Edmiston, the same team achieved another fourth position in the mixed 4 x 50 metre freestyle relay
 

SASA East District Lothian Leagues – 30th April 2016

This weekend saw the younger swimmers from Midlothian swimming club in action for the second round of the Scottish Amateur Swimming Association, East district Lothian Leagues competition. This event was held at Mercat Gait pool in Prestonpans on the 30th April and the youngsters are swimming to represent their club, not as individuals.

In the girls 8-9 year old category Katy Barron came in sixth place in the 25 metre butterfly with a fourteenth place for Rhiannon Joyce. Charlotte Thomson finished in second place with her 50 metre backstroke swim with a twelfth spot for Charlotte Durkie.  While in the 50 metre breaststroke event, Katy Barron achieved fourth place with team mate Erin Ponton finishing in fourteenth place. Rowan Bell finished in seventh place with Ellie MacArthur finishing in twelfth position with their 50 metre freestyle swims.  In the 50 meter butterfly event, Orla Maxwell achieved seventh place with Olivia Young finishing in thirteenth place.

In the same age category for the boys, Finlay Davies finished in third place with his 25 metre butterfly and sixth place for his 50 metre freestyle swims. Calum Murray achieving a second place in the 50 meter backstroke, with Jack Sewell achieving fourth place in the 50 metre breaststroke and seventh place in the 50 metre butterfly events.

The Girls 10-11year old category 200 metre freestyle saw Abiggail Porteous and Mia Ponton compete, finishing in ninth and eighteenth place respectively.  While the 50 metre butterfly event there was a seventh place for Aimee Bell and nineteenth place for Mia Ponton. The 50 metre breaststroke event saw Chloe Barron finishing in eighth place with Holly Milligan finishing in fifteenth place. Caledonia Crosland finished in second place in the 100 metre individual medley with Amy Sewell finishing in thirteenth place. Emily Durkie achieved sixth place for her 50 metre backstroke swim and Isla Stokes finished in fourteenth place in the same event.

For the boys in the 200 metre freestyle event, William Sander finished in ninth place with Muir Simpson also finishing in that position with his 100 metre individual medley swim. Ruaridh Fraser finished in fourteenth place with his 50 metre backstroke performance, while Freddie Parker finished in ninth place his 50 metre butterfly performance. The 50 meter breaststroke event saw a tenth place for Sam Whitehorn.

In the afternoon it was the turn of the older swimmers to compete. Charlotte Scott achieved a twelfth place in the in the girls 12-13 year old category for her 200 metre freestyle and  Cerys Pritchard also made that position with her 100 metre backstroke swim. Olivia Muirhead finished in seventh place in her 100 metre butterfly event while it was a sixteenth position for Jessica Thomson with her 100 metre breaststroke swim.

While a fifth place finish came for both Kyle Muirhead and Roan Murray with their 200 metre freestyle and 100 metre backstroke swims, with Calum Evans finishing in sixth place in his  200 metre individual medley event. Adam Smith, also finished in fifth spot in his 100 metre butterfly event with Roan Murray swimming again in the 100 metre breaststroke and finishing in seventh place.

There was also success for the girls 8-9 year old 4×25 metre freestyle relay  teams which saw Midlothian ‘A’ finish in fourth spot with Midlothian B finishing in ninth place.  The girls 10-11year old  4×50 metre freestyle relay teams also finished in fourth position for Midlothian ‘A’ and fifteenth place for Midlothian B. While in the mixed 10-11year old  4×50 metre freestyle relay Midlothian ‘A finish in sixth place. There was also a twelfth place finish for the girls 12-13year old 4×50 metre freestyle relay team while the boys came in sixth place with their 4×50 metre freestyle relay in the same age category.

Development coach Lesley Inglis was “delighted with the swimmers performances overall, although there was room for some technical improvement from the youngsters in the coming weeks. Ahead of their next big competion test, which will be at the club’s own Midlothian Minnows meet on the 21st May.”

First Aid Training – 2016

Nine midlothian youngsters took part in a spot of first aid training, organised by Midlothian swimming club coach Gilbert Kirkwood, who happens to volunteer for the Penicuik first responders. The session was led by first responder, Philip Knight and covered the basics of what to do in an emergency situation.  This included how to correctly perform CPR and what to do if someone is suspected of having a heartattack, is choking or is bleeding heavily. We hope that the youngsters never need to use the skills they learned, but it’s great they learned from the local expert first responders.