Success at the Edinburgh & Midlothian Schools 2017

Many of our swimmers were in action on Sunday 19th November in the Edinburgh & Midlothian Schools Swimming Championships, this time representing their schools rather than the Club. There were some great swims across all age groups, lots of PBs and many medals of all colours. Well done to everyone who took part.

Special mention to our new Champions:

Chloe Barron – Girls 11 yrs and Under Champion 50m Fly & 50m Free

Finlay Davies – Boys 11 yrs and Under Champion 50m Fly

Eilidh Redpath – Girls 14 – 15 yrs Champion 100m Fly & 200m IM

Fraser Wilson – Boys 14 – 15 yrs Champion 100m Fly & 200m Fly

Finlay & Chloe Schools

11 yrs & Under Champions Finlay Davies & Chloe Barron pictured with their medals.

Midlothian Spring Meet 2017 Results

Click here to view results for those who took part in the Midlothian Spring Meet on 22nd & 23rd April.


Brodies Schools Swimming Championships – 27th January 2017

There was a welcome day off educational studies for eight swimmers from Midlothian swimming club last Friday 27th January. The talented youngsters had been selected to competed at the finals of the Brodies Schools Swimming Championships which was held at the Dollan Aqua Centre  in East Kilbride. Swimmers from across all of Scotland were representing their individual schools at this prestigious competition. Past winners have included  commonwealth games medallists, Dan Wallace, Robbie Renwick, Corrie Scott, Hannah Miley and Duncan Scott. Our midlothian youngsters were on blistering form and in the girls 15-16 year old 100 metre freestyle event,  Eilidh Redpath finished in fourth place competing for her school, Heriots with a time of 1:02.23. Eilidh Redpath also went on to win a bronze medal with her 200 metre individual medley performance in a time of  2:29.09.

While Lasswade High school was well represented by swimmers, firstly Ria Colbridge who finished in fifth place in the girls 13-14 tear old 200 metre individual medley event in a time of 2:39.99. This was swiftly followed by a fifth place finish for Jamie Ferguson in the  boys 13-14 100 metre backstroke event and a sixth place for the youngster in the 200 metre backstroke in a time of 2:32.02. While yet another Lasswade pupil, Lewis Thomson also achieved a fifth place finish in the boys 13-14 year old 200 metre breaststroke event.

Penicuik High was represented this year by Fraser Wilson in the boys 15-16 year old 200 metre butterfly event where he finished in fifth place in a time of 2:19.46 and he also achieved another fifth place in 100 metre backstroke event in a time of 1:04.97

Bonnyrigg was proudly represented by Abigail Porteous in the girls 12 year old junior 50 metre breaststroke heats which saw her finish in 7th place in a time of 40.58, just missing out by the smallest of margins on a place in the finals.

Caledonia Crosland representing Cornbank Primary, was also competing in this event where she achieved a ninth place finish in a time of  42.15. While another youngster, Aimee Bell deserves a mention as she qualified as a reserve swimmer for this event.

Head coach Colin Barton was delighted with the youngsters performances, stating “it is a huge achievement to reach the final stages of this competition in itself. All the swimmers worked well on their process goals, enabling them to use these swim performances as a rehearsal for the upcoming East District championships “

Lothian Junior Graded Meet – 29th January 2017

Youngsters from Midlothian swimming club were competing at the Lothian Junior Graded Meet held at Prestonpans on Sunday 29th January. The highlights included a winning performance from Calum Murray in the boys 10 & under 50 metre freestyle event with a fifteenth place going to Jonah Turnbull. The 50 meter backstroke swim saw another gold for Calum Murray with Jonah Turnbull settling for fourth spot. Jonah Turnbull also achieved fourth place with his 50 metre butterfly swim while the 50 metre breaststroke event saw a ninth place finish for him with teammate Calum Murray finishing in fifteenth spot. There was also gold medal performance for Jamie Golder in the boys 12 & over 200 metre individual medley with Adam Smith finishing well in fifth place. The 100 meter freestyle event saw another podium finish and second place for Jamie Golder with third place for Adam Smith and ninth place being reserved for teammate Leo Marshall.

In the girls 10 & under category Isla Stokes won the 50 metre butterfly event  with a ninth placing for Katy Barron. Isla Stokes also finished in sixth place with her 50 metre freestyle swim with Katy Barron finishing in fourteenth place. Katy Barron also made twenty-third place with her 50 metre breaststroke swim with thirty-sixth place going to Isla Stokes in the same event. The 50 meter backstroke event saw a ninth place for Isla Stokes and a eighteenth place finish for Katy Barron.

A tremendous swim from Colin Doyle saw him finish in second place with Muir Simpson finishing in seventh spot in the 12 year old boys 100 metre freestyle. While in the 100 metre backstroke event, there was a ninth placing for Muir Simpson and twelfth place finish for his 100 metre individual medley swim. Colin Doyle also finished in fourth place with his 100 metre butterfly swim going one better to finish in third place with his 100 metre breaststroke, an event which also saw an eleventh place finish for Muir Simpson.

Freddie Parker finished in third place with his swim in the boys 11 year olds 100 metre backstroke event, and in fifth place with his 100 metre freestyle swim, also finishing in eighth place with his 100 metre individual medley and ninth place with his 100 metre breaststroke swim.

In the 11 year old girls category, Molly Hall finished in twenty third place with her 100 metre backstroke and 100 metre freestyle swims, achieving twenty first place with her 100 metre individual medley swim and seventeenth spot with her 100 metre butterfly swim

In the girls 13 & over category, Abigail McAllister achieved second place with her 200 metre individual medley swim and a fourth spot with her 100 metre backstroke swim with teammates Charlotte Scott and Cerys Pritchard finishing well in eighth and tenth places respectively. The same event for the boys saw Leo Marshall finish in fifth place, he also achieved the same placing with his 100 meter butterfly swim. The girls 200 metre individual medley swim also saw an eighth place finish for Cerys Pritchard and a seventeenth place for Amy Sewell. The 100 metre butterfly event saw Charlotte Scott achieve a well deserved sixth place while in the 100 metre freestyle there was a fourth and fifth place finish for Abigail and Charlotte respectively. The girls 13 & over 100 metre breaststroke event saw a seventh placing for Charlotte Scott and a ninth place finish for Cerys Pritchard. The same event for the boys saw a sixth, seventh and eighth places for Adam Smith, Jamie Golder and Leo Marshall. Cerys Pritchard also achieved a seventh place finish with her 100 metre freestyle swim. While in the girls 12 year olds category, Amy Sewell finished in sixth place with her 100 metre freestyle and 100 metre breaststroke swims.

Congratulations to all the youngsters on their tremendous performances.

Livingston District Dolphins Development Gala – 21st January 2017


Second Place 10-11 year old 200 metre freestyle mixed relay team.  Jonah Turnbull (Back left), Sky Kivlin (Goggles & Green cap), Ruaridh Fraser (Back Right) and Hollie Milligan (Front bright print costume).

Youngsters from the Development squad of Midlothian swimming club were in action on Saturday 21st January at the Livingston District Dolphins Development Gala. This event was the first taste of competition for many of our swimmers and it was held at  the Xcite pool at Whitburn.

In the girls 8 & under category, Layla Sensat finished in thirteenth place with her 25 metre breaststroke swim and sixteenth position with her 25 metre butterfly performance.

The boys swimming in the 8 & under 25 metre butterfly event saw Lewis Fraser finish in seventh place, who went one position better, finishing in sixth place, with his 25 metre breaststroke performance. He also finished in ninth place with his 25 meter backstroke swim and eleventh position in the 25 metre freestyle.

While in the Girls 9 Year old category, the 50 metre breaststroke event saw a fourth place finish for Ellie Cassidy with Gracie Blair and Jessica Smith finishing in 16th and 22nd place respectively. The 25 metre butterfly event saw Gracie Blair finish in 21st place ahead of Jessica Smith in 25th place. While the 50 metre backstroke saw tremendous swimming and a fourth place for Sophie Vyse and fifth for teammate Ellie Cassidy with Gracie Blair finishing in 25th spot. Sophie Vyse again finished in fourth place with her 50 metre freestyle swim in a blistering time of 46.69, with Ellie Cassidy finishing in 11th spot and making do with 27th and 28th places were Jessica Smith and Gracie Blair.

In the boys 9 Year old category swims, Kristopher Morris finished in eigth place with his 50 metre freestyle also finishing in ninth place with his 25 metre butterfly swim, and ending up in 16th spot with his 50 metre backstroke swim and a respectable 21st place in his 50 metre breaststroke swim.

In the exciting relay events the mixed 9 & under 100 metre freestyle relay team finished in seventh place consisting of Lewis Fraser, Layla Sensat, Kristopher Morris and Ellie Cassidy.
In the afternoon there were good solid swims in the girls 10 year old 25 metre butterfly with 23rd, 31st, 34th and 39th place finishes for Olivia Young, Eva Billett, Sky Kivlin, and Lauren Billett. The 50 metre breaststroke saw a 28th place for Sky Kivlin and a tight finish between Eva and Lauren Billett who finished in 30th and 31st place with Olivia Young ending up in 39th spot. There was a tremendous sixth place swim for Sky Kivlin in the 50 metre backstroke, with a 20th place for Olivia Young, with teammates Lauren and Eva Billett finishing in 28th and 35th places. The 50 meter freestyle swim saw a tenth place this time for Sky Kivlin. While Olivia Young also finished in 23rd spot in the same event with Lauren and Eva Billett again finishing well in 30th and 37th places.

In the Boys 10 year old category, JonahTurnbull won the 50 metre backstroke and  finished in second place with his 25 metre butterfly swim, with teammates Sam Whitehorn, William Mackinnon and Lucius Armitage finishing in 10th , 11th and 12th places respectively. The 50 metre breaststroke and 50 metre backstroke saw 12th and 13th place finishes for Lucius Armitage and William Mackinnon in both events. Jonah Turnbull also finished in fourth place in the 50 meter freestyle with a sixth, eighth and ninth place finishes from teammates, Sam Whitehorn, William Mackinnon and Lucius Armitage.

In the 50 metre butterfly event there was an eighth place finish for Hollie Milligan who also went on to achieve a twelfth place finish with her 50 metre breaststroke swim in the girls 11 year old category.  However her best swim came in the 50 metre backstroke where she finished in fifth place.

There was a demonstrartion of great form from Ruaridh Fraser finishing in sixth place in the boys 11 year olds 50 metre butterfly and breaststroke swims achieving a seventh place with his backstroke and a tenth place finish in the 50 metre freestyle aswell.

The competition was rounded off by a blistering performance by the youngsters in the 
mixed 10-11year old 200 metre freestyle relay team, where a combined performance from Jonah Turnbull, Sky Kivlin, Ruaridh Fraser and Hollie Milligan achieved a second place finish with a time of   2:59.22 .

Development coach Lesley Inglis was “impressed by the youngsters,” but took time to remind them, that there “were still improvements to be made on technique”

Scottish National Short Course Championships – December 2016


(l-r) Beth McFarlane, Fraser Wilson, Matt Rietvelt & Eilidh Redpath at the event

Four Midlothian swimmers were competing at the prestigious Scottish National Short Course Championships meet which was held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.  This competition is widely recognised as the premier short course meet in the UK, attracting a wealth of swimming talent from across Europe. It was held over three days from Friday 9th December and is affectionately known as the Christmas splash and dash. The swimming is fast and furious over a shorter 25 meter distance, which resulted in numerous Scottish records falling at the meet. The event also features initial heats with the fastest swimmers competing in finals in the last session of the days. The youngsters were all swimming in open age categories against much older swimmers from across the Scotland, the UK, Ireland, Belgium and Denmark.

In the womens heats of the 200 metre individual medley Eilidh Redpath finished in 17th place with a time of 2:22.39 securing a place in the B final in the evening where she finished in 16th position.  Although finishing in third place in her heat in the 100 metre butterfly her time wasn’t fast enough to secure a place in the finals, however Eilidh also achieved an 8th  and 22nd place finish with her  50 metre freestyle and 100 metre individual medley heats. While in the 100 metre breaststroke metre heats Beth McFarlane achieved a 25th place overall with Eilidh Redpath finishing in 31st spot in the same race, also finishing in 32nd place in the 100 meter freestyle heats. The womens 50 metre breaststroke heat also saw a 23rd placing for Beth Mcfarlane. The two youngsters were both competing in the 200 metre breaststroke and 50 metre butterfly events with  29th and 27th place for Eilidh and a 37th and 88th position finish for Beth.

Fraser Wilson finished in 32nd  and 33rd places with his 200 metre butterfly and 50 metre backstroke swims, also finishing in 42nd place with his 200 meter backstroke heat and 48th place with his 100 metre backstroke performance. While he finished in 74th place overall with the 100 metre butterfly heats. Also competing was Midlothian swimmer, Matt Rietvelt who achieved an 82nd place with his 50 meter butterfly swim while Fraser managed a joint 63rd place in the same event.

Head coach Colin Barton stated “it was pleasing to end the season with so many good performances with the huge majority of swims producing personal bests.”

District Swim Training Day 2016

(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.”