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.

fraserland3xFraser Wilson won the boys 11-13year old,  50 metre butterfly, freestyle, backstroke, 100 metre backstroke, butterfly, freestyle,  200 metre freestyle, backstroke and butterfly as well as the 400 metre freestyle events.

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.”

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.

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.

SASA East District Age Group Championships Round 1 (Second Day Event)

Midlothian swimmers were in action on Saturday 7th November at the second part of the SASA east district age groups, round 1 competition, held at the Michael Woods centre, Glenrothes.

Head coach, Colin Barton explained ‘We have been working towards these championships since the start of the season and it was great to see the swimmers being rewarded for their hard work.

The competition saw Katie Golder achieve a bronze medal in the girls, 15 year old 800 metre freestyle event in a time of 9:33.81. Whilst in the boys 15 year old, 400 Metre Freestyle event, Matthias Rietvelt managed fifth place with a time of 4:29.36.

Eilidh Redpth won gold in the girls 13 year old 400 metre individual medley event, with a tenth place for Jodie Finlay with a time of 5:37.26. Eilidh Redpath also achieved first place in the girls 13 year old 400 metre freestyle event, in a fast time of 4:37.09 while Jodie Finlay finished in eleventh place with her time of 5:00.55. In the younger girls category, girls 11-12 year old, 400 metre freestyle Ria Colbridge finished in 12th place with a time of 5:15.88, with Ellie Robertson achieved a time of 5:36.79.

The boys performed well in the 11-12 year old 1500 Metre freestyle event. Lewis Thomson finished in 8th place with a time of 19:36.83 whilst Jamie Ferguson finished in tenth place with his time of 20:18.51. In the boys 13 year olds 1500 metre freestyle category, Fraser Wilson finished in 4th place in a time of 18:01.92, whilst Euan Edmiston finished in ninth place with an impressive personal best time of 19:32.28. The next round of the competition will be held  on the 28th and 29th November.

Lothian Graded Meet – 2015

18 swimmers from Midlothian Swimming Club competed in this year’s Lothian Region meet in Prestonpans.

The first medal was a bronze for Fraser Burgess in the 100m IM and he was soon followed onto the podium by Gemma Gerstenberger who picked up silver in the 100m backstroke.  In the 50m freestyle, Fraser finished in the silver medal position and Calum Evans finished fourth in the final.  Gemma reached her second final, this time the 100m freestyle and went one better with Gold after an excellent swim which brought session 1 to a close.

Fraser Burgess and Calum Evans got the second session of to a great start winning gold and bronze respectfully in the 50m backstroke. Sam Paterson qualified for the 100m butterfly final and narrowly missed out on a medal finishing in fifth place. This was followed by the final of the 50m butterfly which featured Ria Colbridge and Gemma Gerstenberger who finished second and fourth.

In the same event for the younger age group, Abigail Porteous claimed silver and Emily Durkie finished 5th in the final and in the corresponding boys event, Calum Evans won gold with a very determined swim.  In the final event, Gemma Gerstenberger capped off a great day with an excellent swim to win the 100m breaststroke final.

Coach Colin Barton said “This was an opportunity for swimmers who do not normally feature on the podium to take centre stage and in addition to the number of finalists and medal winners; it was very pleasing to see a large number of personal bests being recorded.”