Midlothian Spring Meet -9th -10th April 2016

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Midlothian swimming clubs own Spring meet was held at Xcite pool in Bathgate on 9th and 10th April. Head coach Colin Barton, was thrilled with the combined swim performances of the youngsters, resulting in them picking up the top team shield in the points competition by winning 42 out of 55 possible gold medals. He was “especially proud of our younger swimmers performances.” He also praised “the more experienced swimmers who coped well following the highs of the Scottish National age group Championships the previous week.”

The two day competition is a crucial fundraising event for club funds, with entries from swimming clubs from across Scotland in attendance. The next club fundraising swim event is the Midlothian Minnows Meet held on the 21st May at Prestonpans pool .

In the 10-12 year old boys category Jamie Ferguson came second in 100 Metre breaststroke and freestyle events, 200 Metre Breaststroke, and freestyle events going for gold in the 200 metre backstroke, 200 butterfly and 100 metre butterfly, 100 backstroke events. While Fraser Burgess achieved second place with his 100 Metre Butterfly swim. The 100 Metre Individual Medley swim saw a fourth place for Calum Evans.

While it was one , two three for Lewis Thomson, Euan Edmiston, and Nick Rietvelt in theBoys 13-14yr old 100 Metre Breaststroke swim. Fraser Wilson won the 200 Metre Backstroke with Nick Rietvelt finishing in second place. Fraser also won the 400 Metre Individual Medley, 100 Metre Freestyle, backstroke, 200 Metre Freestyle and Butterfly events.  Euan Edmiston finished in second place in the 100 meter backstroke and 200 Metre Butterfly and came third in 200 meter freestyle.

While in the 100 Metre Individual Medley Adam Wood made second place with his swim.
In the Boys 15 & Over category, Iain Doyle won the 200 Metre Breaststroke,100 Metre Butterfly, 100 Metre Breaststroke coming second in the 200 Metre Backstroke, 200 Metre Freestyle and 100 Metre Freestyle and 100 Metre Backstroke events.

In the girls 10-12yr old  category, the 100 Metre Butterfly event saw Ellie Robertson win gold with Jemma Gerstenberger coming in fifth place. While it was first and second place in the 100 Metre Backstroke event with Ellie Robertson just beating Jemma Gerstenberger who also finished fourth in the 200 meter breaststroke and second in the 100 Metre Breaststroke events. Ellie Robertson also did the honours in the 200 Metre Butterfly and 100 meter freestyle events. While Ria Colbridge won the 100 Metre Individual Medley,100 and 200 Metre Breaststroke also placing in second place in the 100 and 200 Metre freestyle events, with Ellie Robertson finishing third. The 200 Metre Backstroke swim saw Ria Colbridge finishing in silver with Ellie Robertson finishing in bronze. Ria Colbridge also achieved fourth place in the Girls 400 Metre Freestyle.

In the 13-14 yr old girls category, the 100 Metre Butterfly event saw Eilidh Redpath win with Jodie Finlay in second spot and Evie Cuthbert in fifth place. The 100 Metre Individual Medley event, saw Jodie Finlay taking top spot with Sam Paterson finishing in fourth place. Eilidh Redpath dominated the competition to win the 100, 200 Metre Freestyle , and 100, 200 meter Breaststroke events and 400 Metre Individual Medley events, 200 Metre Butterfly events also winning the Girls 400 Metre Freestyle with Jodie Finlay making do with third place. It was a one, two, three in the 100 Metre Backstroke with Jodie Finlay, Sam Paterson and Ellie Brown finishing in that order. It was also a clean sweep in the 200 Metre Backstroke with Jodie Finlay, Sam Paterson, Ellie Brown and Evie Cuthbert taking the first four places. Jodie also finished in silver medal position in the 400 Metre Individual Medley and 200 Metre Butterfly and 100 meter freestyle races.

Katie Golder won 100 meter butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle events plus the 200 meter breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly events in the 15 yr old girls category with teammate Lucy Levine finishing in third place in 100 Metre Freestyle and second place with her 100 and 200 m backstroke swims.

There were a number of other great swims which due we are unable to mention, but all swimmers should be proud of their achievements which also managed to raise valuable funds around £650 for the club.

 

Scottish National Age Group Championships – 2016

Twelve Midlothian youngsters can be proud of their sporting achievements this week as they competed at Scottish National Age groups Championships at Tollcross in Glasgow. This event is the premier national swimming competition for young swimmers and was held over five days from 30 March until 3rd April. This event attracts the very best swim talent from within Scotland and beyond so qualifying just to swim at this event is a huge achievement. Swim stars such as Ross Murdoch, Hannah Miley, and Robbie Renwick were competing at this event ahead of the all important Olympic trials which will be held at Tollcross on 12th April.

Fraser Wilson became 14 year old boys Scottish Champion in five events winning gold medals in 50 and 100 metre backstroke events, 50 metre freestyle, 50 and 200 metre butterfly events and winning a silver in 100 metre butterfly. Also competing in the 100, 200 metre freestyle events where he came ninth and tenth.

Eilidh Redpath won gold medals for her 400 individual medley swim and 50 metre butterfly in 14 year old girls events to become Scottish Champion. Achieving silver medals for her 200 individual medley, 50 and 100 metre freestyle, 100 metre butterfly swims. Also winning bronze in 100 and 200 metre breaststroke events and 200 backstroke, finishing in fourth 200 metre freestyle and fifth place in 50 metre breaststroke events.

Katie Golder came so close to the medal podium, making finals in all her swims in 16 year old girls category. In the 400 individual medley she finished in fourth place, also finishing in fourth place in 50 and 200 metre backstroke events. Achieving sixth placing in the 100 metre backstroke, and ninth in the 200 individual medley event.

 

Matt Rietvelt finished in tenth position in 200 butterfly, twelfth place with his 50 butterfly, and thirteenth place in the 100 butterfly 16 year old boys heats.

 

Ria Colbridge came in twelfth place with her 200 breaststroke heat swim but also qualified and swam well in the 200 individual medley, 100 metre freestyle, 400 metre freestyle, 100 metre butterfly, 50 and 100 metre breaststroke events in the 11-13 year old category

Beth Macfarlane achieved twelfth places with both her 50 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke heat swims and undaunted by swimming in the final in the company of Hannah Miley, she finished in eighth place.

 

Jamie Ferguson swam well in his 50 metre butterfly heat, and finished in eleventh place in his 100 metre backstroke  just missing a place in the final. In the 200 metre backstroke event  he finished in eighth place in the finals before performing well with both his 50, 100 and  200 metre freestyle , 200 individual medley,100 metre breaststroke and 50 metre backstroke swims.

 

Jodie Finlay competed well in her heats in the 200 metre backstroke, 100 metre breaststroke and 50 meter butterfly swims but achieved a ninth place in the final of 100 metre butterfly.
Evie Cuthbert finished in 24th place with her 100metre butterfly swim for 14 year old girls and as part of the 400 medley relay team with Eilidh Redpath Jodie Finlay and Katie Golder they finished in twelfth spot. Jemma Gerstenberger also swam in 100 metre breastroke heat where she achieved 28th place.

Lewis Thomson swam the 200 metre freestyle, 400 freestyle making finals of 50 and100 metre breaststroke events where he finished in eighth position and ninth in 200 metre breaststroke. Competing well in 200 free and 200 individual medley events and finishing in eleventh place in the 800 metre freestyle event.

 

Lastly Ellie Robertson swam well in her 50,100 metre butterfly heats as well as 50 and 100 meter freestyle heats.

 

Head coach Colin Barton was “extremely pleased with all the swimmers performances during the week. They reaped the rewards for all their hard work in the lead up to these championships.” Despite being a small team their performances placed them in thirteenth position in the team points competition which is an amazing achievement.

Swimspeak

A GUIDE TO SWIMMING TERMS

Accredited Meet

A competition with a full complement of officials and where all rules are strictly applied.

Consideration Time

A time set by the organiser that swimmers must be faster than in order to enter.

DQ(Disqualification)

The most common reasons why a swimmer is disqualified are that a swimmer has not touched the wall properly when turning or has not used the proper stroke technique.

Drill

A Drill is an exercise/practice designed to strengthen or enhance some part of a stroke.

Graded Meet

Weaker swimmers are given an opportunity to swim through graded meets. A swimmer’s entry time at a graded meet must be slower than the cut off time for the event.

Heat Declared Winner

There is no final and the winner of the event is determined by heat times alone.

Individual Medley or IM

Comprising all 4 strokes in the order – butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke & frontcrawl.

Long Course

Any competition held in a 50m pool.

Marshalling Area

The area where the swimmers congregate ahead of their race.

Over the Top Starts

This means that swimmers remain in the water until the next heat has started.

PB

An abbreviation of Personal Best, the best time a swimmer has achieved for an event. Swimmers should know their PBs for each event so that they can follow their improvements.

S.A.S.A.

Scottish Amateur Swimming Association, the governing body of swimming in Scotland.

Short Course

Any competition held in a 25m pool.

Speeding Ticket

Awarded to swimmers at graded meets who swim faster than the cut off time. These swimmers will not get a medal, so a swimmer can be awarded 1st place even though another swam faster.

Start Sheets

Issued to coaches prior to the meet starting, detailing the swimmers in each heat or final.

Swim Down

An easy swim at the end of a session or swim designed to relax the muscles, slow the heart rate and respiration and help to work off any toxins built up during the session.

Warm Up

A swim at the start of a session which is designed to warm up the muscles, raise the pulse and prepare the body for training or competition.

 

Fuerteventura 2016 – Quotes

FUERTEVENTURA – QUOTES FROM THE SWIMMERS

  • I told Colin about the cold. However, he gave me his straight face and called me a woos.
  • Weather conditions were as predictable as Scotland, which means they were completely unpredictable!
  • I jumped into the water. It hit me like an iceberg hit the Titanic.
  • I jumped into the freezing Atlantic water again.
  • When I was doing back crawl I was trying to make shapes out of the clouds.
  • I am intelligent but I cannot write.
  • It was so boring (A distance Session) I thought I was going to fall into a coma.
  • Finding out that going a bit faster is not going to kill you!
  • I was feeling cold then I was cheered up when I saw Gilbert.
  • Tucked in a corner with an umbrella up. I nearly chocked because I was laughing so much.
  • This Island is surrounded by water.
  • Dear Rebel Kirkwood and Cop Colin Sparten Barton, I was surprised at how well I swam and cannot wait to swim in warm, cosy Midlothian pools. I.P. Fuerteventura Ice Bath.

FUERTEVENTURA – QUOTES FOR THE SWIMMERS

 

  • YOU DON’T HAVE TO GREAT TO START BUT YOU HAVE TO START TO BE GREAT

 

  • LOOK IN THE MIRROR —- THAT’S YOUR COMPETITION

 

  • DON”T RUN AWAY FROM THE CHALENGES —-RUN OVER THEM

 

  • GET FIT OR DIE TRYING

 

  • LOOK LIKE A BEAUTY —TRAIN LIKE A BEAST

 

  • SUCCESS TRAINS —-FAILURE COMPLAINS

 

  • IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY – STOP COMPLAINING AND MAKE A CHANGE

 

  • THE PAIN OF TODAY IS THE VICTORY OF TOMORROW

 

  • LOOSERS QUIT WHEN THEY ARE TIRED — WINNERS QUIT WHEN THEY HAVE WON

 

 

 

Glenrothes Spring Meet Gala – 6th February 2016

Our swimmers were again on winning form at the recent Glenrothes Spring meet gala held on the 6th February.

Twenty nine swimmers were in action at this event, head coach Colin Barton was “over the moon with their efforts” saying that “all the swimmers did extremely well and despite having a very young team, we still managed to finish as the top club, with an impressive 85 point lead over the next team.”

Amongst the swim highlights were gold medals for Eilidh Redpath in the 100 meter individual medley, 100meter breaststroke, 100 meter freestyle, 100 meter butterfly and a silver medal in 100 backstroke events. These performances meant she earned top girl award, for the 13-14 year old category.

Jodie Finlay won a bronze medal for her 100 meter individual medley swim and followed that with a fourth place in 100 meter backstroke and butterfly events, before finishing in fifth place in her 100 breaststroke and 100 meter freestyle swims.

Sam Paterson placed seventh in her 100 meter individual medley event and eighth in the 100 meter breaststroke. Finishing in twelfth spot with her 100 meter freestyle swim.

Ellie Brown finished in eighth place with her 100 meter backstroke swim, also achieving tenth place in both her 100 meter freestyle and 100 meter butterfly swims, before finishing in eleventh place with her 100 meter individual medley swim and nineteenth place in the 100 meter breaststroke event.

An impressive fifth place for Evie Cuthbert in her 100 meter butterfly event, before finishing in eleventh place in both 100 meter freestyle and 100 meter backstroke events. Following that up with twelfth place in 100 meter individual medley and eighteenth place in 100 meter breaststroke events.

Izzy Drysdale finished in ninth place with her 100 meter freestyle, following that up with an eleventh place in the 100 meter butterfly. Managing a fourteenth place in both 100 meter individual medley and 100 meter breaststroke events and sixteenth place for her 100 meter backstroke swim.

Ellie Turnbull swam well to finish in twelfth place for her 100 meter butterfly swim and thirteenth place for both her 100 meter breaststroke and backstroke swim before finishing in sixteenth place in the individual medley and nineteenth place in the 100 meter freestyle.

Eilidh Maguire finished in ninth place with her 100 meter butterfly swim. Achieving fourteenth place for her 100 meter backstroke, seventeenth place in the 100 meter freestyle and nineteenth place for her 100 meter individual medley swim. Also finishing in twenty second place in the 100 meter breaststroke.

Abigail McAllister placed fourteenth in 100 meter butterfly event, twenty first place in the 100 backstroke and twenty second place for her individual medley swim and lastly twenty fourth spot  in 100 meter breaststroke event.

In the girls 8-10 year old category, Chloe Barron won gold in her 50 meter butterfly swim. Also finishing in joint seventh place in her 50 meter freestyle event. She also swam well to finish eighth place in her 100 meter individual medley swim and  in eleventh place in both her 50 meter breaststroke and backstroke events.

Abigail Porteous won a gold medal in the 50 meter breaststroke event, following that up with a bronze medal in the 100 meter individual medley swim. Not content with these performances she finished in fifth place in the 50 meter butterfly, sixth in 50 meter freestyle and seventh place in 50 meter backstroke events.

Aimee Bell finished in fifth place with her 50 meter freestyle swim, sixth place for her 100 meter individual medley and seventh place in the 50 meter breaststroke events. Also finishing ninth place in her 50 meter backstroke and fourteenth place for her 50 meter butterfly.

In the 11-12 year old category, Ellie Robertson won gold in 100 meter butterfly and 100 meter freestyle events following that up with a fifth place in the 100 meter backstroke.

Ria Colbridge won gold in her 100 meter breaststroke, silver for both her 100 meter freestyle and 100 meter individual medley swims and a bronze medal for her 100 meter butterfly and sixth place for her 100 meter backstroke swims. These performances saw her finishing in second place in the overall top girl award for her age group.

Jemma Gerstenberger finished in fourth place in her 100 meter breaststroke and 100 individual medley and 100 meter freestyle swims. Also finishing in seventh place in the 100 meter butterfly and tenth place for her 100 meter backstroke.

Olivia Muirhead swam well to achieve thirteenth place for her 100 meter butterfly swim, nineteenth place foe 100 meter freestyle, twenty seventh place for 100 meter breaststroke and twenty fifth place for 100 meter backstroke.

Charlotte Scott was also in action in 100 meter butterfly where she finished in fifteenth place. She also managed twentieth place for 100 meter breaststroke and 100 meter freestyle swims and twenty first for her 100 meter individual medley and twenty eighth in 100 meter backstroke events.

Emily Durkie’s top placings came with a seventeenth place in 100 meter breaststroke, and eighteenth place in 100 meter butterfly. Also achieving twenty fourth place in 100 meter individual medley, twenty sixth in 100 meter backstroke and thirtieth spot for her 100 meter freestyle swim.

In the boys 11-12 year old category, Jamie Ferguson won bronze for 100 meter butterfly and 100 meter freestyle. Finishing in fourth place in 100 meter breaststroke before winning a gold medal for 100 meter individual medley swim and silver medal in 100 meter backstroke.

Fraser Burgess was fourth in his 100 meter butterfly event, also finishing in sixth place in 100 meter individual medley and seventh in 100 meter backstroke. In addition he placed eighth in 100 meter freestyle and finished in tenth place in 100 meter breaststroke.

Roan Murray was seventh in 100 meter butterfly, eleventh in 100 meter breaststroke, fourteenth and twenty first place in 100 meter individual medley and 100 meter freestyle events.

Jamie Golder finished in seventh place for his individual medley swim, twelfth in his 100 meter butterfly, thirteenth in 100 meter backstroke also finishing in sixteenth and seventeenth places for his 100 meter freestyle and 100 meter backstroke events.

Calum Evans finished in tenth place for his 100 meter freestyle swim. Also achieving thirteenth place with his 100 meter breaststroke, fourteenth place in 100 meter butterfly, fifteenth place for his 100 meter backstroke and sixteenth place with his 100 meter individual medley swim.

Colin Doyle finished in twenty fourth place in his 100 meter freestyle event, and finished in twenty second place for his 100 meter backstroke swim. He also achieved a sixteenth place with his 100 meter breastroke swim.

Kyle Muirhead finished in twentieth position with his 100 meter individual medley swim and twenty fourth place in his 100 meter backstroke event before finishing in twenty sixth place with his 100 meter freestyle swim. Also achieving a nineteenth placing with his 100 meter breaststroke swim

Fraser Wilson was also on the winners podium to receive a silver medal in 100 meter breaststroke, before going one better to win the 100 meter freestyle, 100 meter individual medley, 100 meter backstroke, 100 meter butterfly events. This meant he was declared top boy for the 13-14 year old category.

Lewis Thomson finished in sixth place for his 100 meter individual medley and 100 meter backstroke swims before going onto claim a bronze medal with his 100 meter breaststroke swim. Also finishing in seventh place with his 100 meter freestyle swim.

Euan Edmiston finished in fifth place in the 100 meter individual medley and 100 meter breaststroke events,  and fourth place with his 100 meter backstroke and 100 meter butterfly events and 100 meter freestyle swims.

Adam smith finished in sixteenth place with his 100 meter breaststroke swim and fourteenth with his 100 meter freestyle swim before finishing in tenth place with his 100 meter individual medley swim. He also achieved seventh place for his 100 meter butterfly event.

Congratulations on all these performances, it goes to show hard work in training pays off in the pool.

Sunshine Swim Camp – Feb 2016

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Sunshine Swim Camp
Fuerteventura (Feb 2016)

In February fifteen youngster from the Club escaped the wintery weather and headed off to the warmth on a intensive training camp at Corralejo, Fuerteventura.

The youngsters departed from Glasgow airport early on Saturday morning accompanied by coaching staff, Colin Barton and Gilbert Kirkwood. Also travelling was team manager Helen Thomson with several parent helpers including Susan Wilson, who all jumped at the chance of accompanying the young swimmers for the week in the sun. The early start didn’t dampen their spirits and the youngsters all happily displayed their team sponsors, Arthur Mackay hoodies and tshirts.
The resort where they trained had a six lane  50 metre competiton pool, where the youngsters trained in twice each day. Along with land training sessions and gym work and training lectures, they might need another holiday to recover.
Message from Colin Barton (Head Coach).   During the week the swimmers  had 10 x 2 hour pool sessions where they experienced swimming in the open air, in salt water, in the rain and the in the dark which were all new to them. In addition they had 2 sessions on land which were also outside.
All swimmers worked really hard and will reap the benefits in the coming months.
The team spirit between the group was great and everyone had a great time which culminated in the fancy dress and presentation evening on the final day.
Many thanks to Gilbert and Helen for their huge input over the week.
Colin
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Livingston & District Dolphins Swim Gala – 17th January 2016

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Jessica Thomson and Freddie Parker at back, Colin Doyle on right with Mia Ponton at front.

Around twenty of our youngsters were in action recently at the Livingston and district dolphins swim gala. The event was held on the 17th January at West Lothian, Xcite pool in Whitburn. The event saw team success for Midlothian swimming club with a bronze medal for the mixed 10-11 year old, 200 meter freestyle relay team consisting of Freddie Parker, Mia Ponton, Colin Doyle and Jessica Thomson.

The younger age group freestyle relay team made up of Jack Sewell, Rowan Bell, Jonah Turnbull and Isla Stokes finishing in fourth place in the 100 meter event, just losing out on a bronze medal.

In the girls 8 year category Rowan Bell achieved eighth place with her 25 meter butterfly swim, whilst Jack Sewell finished in second place in the boys 25 meter backstroke event and sixth in the 25 meter butterfly.

Isla Stokes finished in third place in the girls 9 year olds 25 meter butterfly event and ninth in the 50 meter breaststroke event. Jonah Turnbull finished first in his 25 meter butterfly swim and fourth in the 50 meter freestyle event achieving tenth position in the 50 meter breaststroke.

In the10 year old category, Freddie Parker finished in sixth place for the 25 meter butterfly and fourth for the 50 meter backstroke event, also winning the 50 meter freestyle outright. Mia Ponton finished in eighth place for her 25 meter butterfly and 50 meter backstroke swims.

In the eleven year old category, Jessica Thomson achieved seventh place with her 50 meter butterfly with Colin Doyle finishing in seventh place for the boys, with teammates William Sander and Muir Simpson finishing in ninth and tenth place. In the 50 meter freestyle event, Colin Doyle finished in seventh place with Daniel Couper in eighth place and Muir Simpson finishing in ninth position.

In the 50 meter breaststroke event Colin Doyle finishing in third  place, with Daniel Couper finishing in a credible tenth spot, while Jessica Thomson finished in ninth position for the girls. Leo Marshall achieved sixth place in the boys, 50 meter backstroke with William Sander, Colin Doyle and Daniel Couper coming in eighth, ninth and tenth position.

Development coach, Lesley Inglis was, “delighted with the swim performances” saying  the youngsters “had more than exceeded her expectations with their performances.”