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.

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.