East District Age Group Championships round 3

The final round of this years championships was held at the Royal Commonwealth pool in January 2014.
Lauren Sutherland continued to dominate her age group winning Gold in the 100m breaststroke and 200m IM. To add to this she also won bronze in the 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle. These results added to the medals gained in the first 3 rounds meant that Lauren was awarded the top swimmer trophy in her age group.
Our other medalist over the weekend was Beth McFarlane who claimed the silver behind Lauren in the 100m breaststroke.

Fiona is District Champion

Fiona Inglis who recently started studying at Edinburgh University ceased training with the club in August to take up a position with the University swim team. However she has retained Midlothian as her second club and last month competed as a Midlothian swimmer in the East District Masters Championships where she won 2 titles in the 16 – 24 years age group. Fiona finished first in both the 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle events.

Success at District Championships

East District Age Group Championships Round 2
The second round of this year’s championships was held at Glenrothes on 30th November and 1st December 2013.

The first event was the girls 200m butterfly in which Beth McFarlane was our only competitor. Although slightly outside her best time in the heats, Beth qualified for the final to be held later in the morning. In the final she paced the swim well and finished very strongly to improve her time and take the bronze medal.

The other event in the morning was the boys 200m backstroke. Fraser Wilson reduced his time by 6 seconds to record a new club record, and Iain Doyle reduced his time by 4.5 seconds. Ross Muego, despite feeling poorly managed to match his best time.

In the afternoon session the girl’s event was the 200m freestyle whilst the boys contested the 200m breaststroke.
Both Anna MacKay and Lauren Sutherland eased into their respective finals by reducing their times and there were good swims from Beth McFarlane, Katie Golder and Eve Thomson who also reduced their times.
In the finals, Lauren shaved a further 2 seconds from her time to claim the bronze medal and Anna improved a place to finish 6th.

In the breaststroke, Iain Doyle improved his time by 11 seconds and Lewis Thomson by 3 seconds to set a new club record.

Day 2 started with the girl’s 200m backstroke which saw Lauren reach her second final. Katie Golder, Anna MacKay and Beth McFarlane all set new PBs. In the final Lauren reduced her time but was just squeezed out of the medals in finishing 4th.

In the boys 200m Freestyle there were PBs and club records for Lewis Thomson and Fraser Wilson whilst Euan Edmiston chopped 9 seconds from his time.

The final session hosted the girls 200m breaststroke event and Anna, Beth and Lauren all negotiated the heats to secured places in their respective finals. Also competing in this event were Katie Golder and Eilidh Edmiston with the latter producing a personal best.
In the first final, despite reducing her best time by4 seconds, Anna could not quite push herself into a medal position but finished a very creditable 4th.
In the older girl’s event, Lauren and Beth finished first and second respectfully to take Gold and silver.

Lauren is District Champion

East District Age Group Championships Round 1

A small group of swimmers travelled to the new pool in Glenrothes to contest the first round of the East District Age Groups Championships held over the 2nd & 3rd of November.
This round featured the longer event including the 400m, 800m, 1500m freestyle and the 400m IM. In addition, a number of swimmers took part in the 100m IM which was a non-championship event.
The first event was the girls 800m freestyle which saw great swims from Lauren Sutherland who picked up the silver medal, and Anna MacKay who reduced her time by 20 seconds to finish just outside the medals in 4th.
This was followed by the boys 100m IM. Ross Muego, Euan Edmiston and Fraser Wilson competed and all produced personal best swims with Fraser chopping an impressive 11 seconds off his time to finish as the fastest 11 year old.

The afternoon session saw Midlothian claim its first District title of this year when Lauren comfortably won the 400m IM, reducing her time by 4 seconds and setting a new club record in the process. This was even more impressive when you consider that this was only the second time Lauren had competed in this event. Beth McFarlane also had a good swim which placed her in the top 8.
The only other event in this session was the boys 400m freestyle which featured Ross Muego. Ross paced his swim perfectly and was rewarded with a 5 second PB.

The first session on day 2 included the girls 100m IM. Lauren continued her good form with a 2 second PB and first place in her age group and Eve Thomson finished as the 4th fastest 11 & under girl with a solid personal best swim. There were also good PBs from Eilidh Edmiston, Vaila Robertson, Sam Paterson, Katie Skilbeck and Jodie Finlay in this event.

In the final session, Lauren brought her medal tally to 3 when she claimed the silver in the 400m freestyle breaking a long standing club record in the process. The other 2 girls in this event also had very good swim, Beth McFarlane reduced her time by 9 seconds and Anna MacKay reduced her’s by 5.5 seconds.

Lauren is National Champion


Scottish Schools Championships

This year’s championships were held at East Kilbride on 26th January 2013 with 4 Midlothian swimmers qualifying from the heats to represent their schools.

 In the first session, Lauren Sutherland felt under a bit of pressure having qualified as fastest in the 200m breaststroke. In the early stages she was pressed by 2 other swimmers but eventually pulled away to take the title comfortably.

Lauren was in action again in the afternoon in the shorter breaststroke event where she was joined by Beth McFarlane. Although neither of the girls were at their best, Lauren added silver to the Gold she won earlier in the day and Beth claimed the Bronze.

Also in action in this session, was Kimberley MacKay who very narrowly missed out on a medal in very close 200m freestyle.

In the final session, Kimberley suffered again in the 100m freestyle where she was yet again involved in a close race but was squeezed out of the medals.

However, Fiona Inglis, competing for the last time in these championships, held her nerve and her ranking place to take bronze in the older girls 100m freestyle event.

Scottish Short Course Championships – Dec 2012

These Championships were the final event of last season and were held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

Attracting swimmers from throughout Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland the standard was extremely high over the 3 days.

A group of 6 young Midlothian swimmers qualified and all acquitted themselves really well. The group of Beth Denholm, Beth McFarlane, Fiona Inglis Jenny Jubb, Kimberley MacKay and Lauren Sutherland produced several personal best swims and club records between them.

The highlight of the meet came in the form of a silver medal, courtesy of a fantastic swim from Kimberley MacKay in the 14 years & under 100m Individual Medley event where she Set a new club record of 1.07.83.

East District Age Group Championships

The second round of these championships was held at Bathgate in early December 2012.

In the first session, Kimberley MacKay eased into the final of the 200m butterfly breaking the club record in the process. In the final she improved on her time again to claim the bronze medal.

In the same session, Vaila Robertson set a new best time in the same event and both Iain Doyle and Andrew Denholm swam to personal best times in the 200m backstroke.

Session 2 saw Lauren Sutherland qualify fifth for the final of the 200m freestyle where she later improved both her time and position to finish fourth in a new personal best time. Also in this event Anna Mackay had a great swim setting a new personal best.

Andrew and Iain continued their good form in the 200m breaststroke, both reducing their times considerably.

Day 3 got off to a good start with personal best swims from Lauren Sutherland and Beth McFarlane in the 200m backstroke and Kimberley MacKay did enough to reach her second final where she finished fifth.

In the final session, Ross Muego had a good swim in the 200m freestyle only marginally outside his best.

Meanwhile in the 200m breaststroke there were personal best swims from Anna MacKay, Amy Sylvester, Lauren Sutherland and Beth Denholm. The latter 2 reached their respective final where they were joined by Beth McFarlane and Kimberley MacKay.

Lauren was pressed all the way in the final but eventually emerged with the Gold after further reducing her time. Beth McFarlane produced a storming last 50m to claim the bronze in the same race.

In the older age group, Kimberley and Beth Denholm finished fourth and sixth respectfully.