Scottish Schools Championship – Aberdeen 31 January 2015

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Top Left Fraser Wilson, Eilidh Redpath, Eve Thomson, Btm Left Beth McFarlane, Jamie Ferguson & Lewis Thomson

Eight our of swimmers took the plunge to proudly represent their schools at the Brodies schools swimming championships on Saturday 31st January.  This nationwide event is open to all schools the length and breadth of Scotland,  through a series of heats and the standard of competition is extremely high.

Our swimmers from the gold and silver squads made the journey north, to compete in the final held this year at Aberdeen Aquatic Centre.  The commonwealth games swimmers Ross Murdoch, Stephen Milne were there to present medals along with Erraid Davies  who was there to compete and be an ambassador for the event.

Jamie Ferguson (12), representing Bonnyrigg Primary School, achieved a well deserved fourth place in his event, the fifty metre backstroke.Lasswade High School’s Katie Golder, achieved a ninth place in her swim, the hundred metre backstroke, fifteen and sixteen year old category. Matt Rietvelde,  also from Lasswade was placed eighth in his two hundred metre butterfly stroke final. Lewis Thomson won a silver medal in his fifty metre breaststoke final, twelve and under age category.Eilidh Redpath, from Dalkeith High School achieved third fastest thirteen year old times in both her swims, which were the one hundred metre butterfly and two hundred metre individual medley, in the thirteen to fourteen year old category.

Beeslack Community high school can be proud of three of its pupils. Beth McFarlane, who achieved a hard won eighth place in her two hundred metre individual medley event. Eve Thomson, was the second fastest thirteen year old in her two hundred metre freestyle swim in the thirteen to fourteen year old category.  Whilst this year Eilidh Edmiston managed to achieve a time to qualify for the event, she was sadly unable to attend.

Finally Penicuik High School’s Fraser Wilson, won a bronze medal in his one hundred metre backstroke, the fastest thirteen year old in his age category.

Our Head coach Colin Barton said  ‘The number of swimmers from the club who qualified for the finals is by far the most we have had in recent years. It is a fitting reward for all their hard work and dedication in the months leading up to the championships. They were up against some of the top swimmers in the country but all competed really well on the day’.


Success Stories at East District Challenge 14-15 February 2015


Our swimmers were in action over the weekend (14-15th February) competing at Scottish Amateur Swimming Association, East District Challenge meet in Bathgate.   Swimmers were competing in five age bands: 10/11/12 years, 13 years, 14 years, 15 years and 16 years and over.  As a further “Challenge” incentive, a financial prize of £25 was offered.  This cash is given to swimmers who equalled or bettered the time achieved by the slowest finalist of this years, East District Age Group Championships competition, an event which was held earlier this year.  Two of our swimmers, Jamie Ferguson and Euan Edmiston were overjoyed to have their swims rewarded by a monetary bonus, in the 1500 meter freestyle event.  Jamie achieved fourth place, ahead of Euan who finished in fifth place.
Euan and Jamie
All our swimmers were on blistering form and our Head coach Colin Barton,  “was delighted to see some of the swimmers who do not regularly feature in top placings being rewarded for their endeavour and commitment with some excellent swims over the weekend.”
Amongst them were Ria Colbridge, who achieved fastest time in 11 year old female category for 400 freestyle, also managing to come in top place in the 200 Individual medley event. Evie Cuthbert, produced the quickest time for 12 year old female in the 100 butterfly, whilst Ellie Brown was the fastest 12 year old female, in the 100 freestyle also making second place in 100 backstroke. Thirteen year old, Sammie Paterson, had a great weekend of competition, finishing in first place in 100 butterfly, and 200, 400, 800 freestyle events.  However not content with this, she also achieved top spot in 100 breaststroke. Amber Roe was placed as second fastest 13 year old female in the 400 freestyle event whilst Megan Berston was fastest 13 year old female in both 100 breaststroke and 800 freestyle.
Not to be outshone by the girls performances, Lewis Shillinglaw  was fastest 16 year old in 100 and 200 freestyle events. Congratulations to all competitors.



Congratulations to Jamie Ferguson (backstroke) and Eilidh Redpath (butterfly) who have been selected to attend the national stroke camps to be held in Stirling in April. They will join some of the best young swimmers in their respective strokes in the country for a one day training camp.

FIRST Open meet 2015

A team consisting of swimmers from Gold and Silver squads travelled to Bathgate for the FIRST Open meet on the 24th/25th January.
Despite many being at the younger end of their age groups they all competed well.
The first event was the 50m butterfly which resulted in gold and a club record for Fraser Wilson, Bronze for Matt Rietvelt and a club record for Eilidh Redpath.
Katie Golder won silver in the 200m backstroke reducing her time by almost 6 seconds before Beth McFarlane won Gold and Ria Colbridge silver in the 100m breaststroke. There was a bronze and a club record each for Fraser and Jamie Ferguson in their respective 400m freestyle events with the latter reducing his time by 17 seconds.
The 50m backstroke proved to be a strong event for us. Jamie comfortably won Gold as did Fraser with club record number two and Katie collected her second silver of the meet.
Ria won bronze in the 200m breaststroke with a massive personal best and then in the very next event won another in the 100m freestyle.
Eilidh also collected bronze in this event but they were both bettered by Ross Muego (silver) and Fraser (gold).
Day one was brought to a close with the 200m IM with Beth claiming silver as a result of a very gutsy swim.
Beth was one of the first back in action on day 2 and this time she made sure of the Gold in the 50m breaststroke as did Ria who was having a great meet.
They were matched by Fraser in the boys event who won by a clear margin whilst setting another club record.
Another who was swimming really well was Katie and she picked up a bronze in the 200m freestyle.
The 100m butterfly brought silver for Beth and this was followed by gold and another club record for Fraser, this time in the 400m IM.
The final session started with the 50m freestyle and despite setting club records, Eilidh and Fraser had to settle for bronze and silver medals respectfully.
Beth then won silver in the 200m butterfly as did Fraser and Ross in the 100m backstroke in which Katie claimed bronze.
In addition to the medal winners others had excellent swims most notably Euan Edmiston, Lewis Thomson, Sam Paterson, Jodie Finlay, Jake Hadfield, Eve Thomson, Amber Roe and Vaila Robertson.

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East District Age Group Championships

Round 1

The first round of these championships was held at Glenrothes on 1st & 2nd November 2014 and hosted the distance events.
We had 3 medal winners with Fraser Wilson taking silver in the 1500m and 400m Freestyle and the 400m IM. Eilidh Redpath also won silver in the 800m Freestyle and Bronze in the 400 IM and Eve Thomson, bronze in the 400m Freestyle.
In addition to the championship events, there was also an opportunity to swim a 100m IM. In this event Jamie Ferguson finished as the fastest 11 year old boy, Eilidh Redpath and Fraser Wilson as the fastest 12 year olds, Matt Rietvelt was the second fastest 14 year old boy and Eve Thomson as the third fastest 12 year old girl.
In all swims 87% were personal bests.

Round 2

This round was held at the same venue 4 weeks later and featured all the 200m events.
Fraser Wilson enjoyed an excellent weekend claiming gold in all 4 events.
Matt Rietvelt won the boys 14 years butterfly title and Beth McFarlane won silver in the butterfly and breaststroke events. Eilidh Redpath also won silver in the youngest girl’s breaststroke event.
The percentage of swims producing personal bests was again extremely high at 88.5%

Round 3

The culmination of the championships took place at the Royal Commonwealth pool on 10th & 11th January and included the 100m events, the 200m IM and relays.
Fraser Wilson continued to dominate his age group winning all 5 events.
Beth McFarlane won silver in the breaststroke and bronze in the butterfly. Eilidh Redpath picked up 3 individual bronze medals in the freestyle, breaststroke and IM and teamed up with Jodie Finlay, Izzy Drysdale and Eve Thomson to win another bronze in the freestyle relay event.
Matt Rietvelt won his second medal of the championships, this time silver in the butterfly and Lewis Thomson won Bronze in the breaststroke.
Lewis, along with Fraser, Euan Edmiston and Jamie Ferguson won silver and bronze in the medley and freestyle relays respectfully.

To cap the weekend, Fraser having won 9 of the 12 events, won the top 12 year old boy award and also the Andrew Taylor award for the most outstanding swim.

The club finished as the 4th top club in the district, an outstanding achievement for such a small club and our highest position ever.

Forres 2 day meet 2014

A team of 34 swimmers travelled north to participate in this year’s meet in Forres. Having won the top club trophy last year they were all very positive about retaining it this year.
As it turned out we were pushed hard by a good Inverness team for three sessions but Midlothian eventually shrugged off the challenge in the final session to emerge victorious again.

All our swimmers performed really well in recording just short of 100 Personal best swims between them.

The medal winner were:


Jamie Ferguson (4)
Lewis Thomson (1)
Fraser Wilson (4)
Fiona Inglis (2)
Lauren Sutherland (3)
Beth McFarlane (3)
Matt Rietvelt (1)
Girls 13/over relay (2)
Boys 12/under relay (2)


Fraser Wilson (1)
Fiona Inglis (1)
Lauren Sutherland (2)
Beth McFarlane (1)
Matt RIetvelt (1)
Katie Golder (1)
Eilidh Redpath (2)
Anna MacKay (4)
Girls 12/under relay (1)


Fiona Inglis (1)
Matt RIetvelt (2)
Katie Golder (1)
Eilidh Redpath (2)
Anna MacKay (1)
Iain Doyle (2)
Euan Edmiston (2)