Meet Report – Midlothian Spring Meet

Cat’s Meet Report for the Midlothian Spring Meet is available to view here. Photo by Kevin Smith.

Competition Guidelines – 2017

The Competition Guidelines have been updated.  Please read them here Competition Guidelines April 2017

Livingston District Dolphins Development Gala – 21st January 2017

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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

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(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.”

Active Schools Swimming Gala October 2016

The 2016 Active Schools Swimming Gala was held at Dalkeith Campus on Tuesday 4th October 2016. A total of twelve Midlothian schools were involved including Lasswade PS, Lawfield PS, Rosewell PS, Woodburn PS, Stobhill PS, Gorebridge PS, Hawthornden PS, Loanhead PS, Cornbank PS, Kings Park PS, Mauricewood PS, Sacred Heart PS. Swimmers came from from Primaries 5, 6 and 7 and the gala ended with an Awards Ceremony for all the winners. Thanks Active Schools and Midlothian council for supporting the event, which proved to be a huge success.
There was a tremendous atmosphere poolside, with school pupils cheering on their classmates and friends, and it is hoped to build on the success of this years event. Special thanks are extended to Midlothian Swimming Club who supported the event by providing officials.  
Midlothian swimming club youngsters were on winning form with a win for Chloe Barron in the 50 metre front crawl and a third place for Alex Tice-Young.  Charlotte Thomson won the 25 metre back stroke,  with Charlotte Durkie finishing in third spot. The 50 meter back stroke saw a second and third for Caledonia Crossland and Mia Ponton. While Aimee Bell won the 25 metre breaststroke event with a third place for Charlotte Thomson. Aimee Bell also won the 50 metre breaststroke swim with Chloe Barron making do with in second place. Leaving Jonah Turnbull to finish in second place in the boys 50 metre breaststroke event.  Erin Ponton was third in the P5 25 metre back stroke event with a time of 27.97 seconds.  WELL DONE EVERYONE.

Haddington 100s Meet – 18 September 2016

A large contingent of youngsters from Midlothian swimming club were in action at the Haddington 100s meet which was held at Mercat Gait Pool, Prestonpans on the 18th September 2016

In the 10 & Under category 100 metre backstroke event, Chloe Barron won gold with Aimee bell finishing in 2nd place. While Emily Durkie finished 6th in the same event, but in the 11 year old girls category. Olivia Muirhead and Cerys Pritchard finished 4th and 10th in the 12 year old category with a 5th placing for Jemma Gerstenberger in the 13 year old category. While Evie Cuthbert contented herself with 13th place in the 14 year old & over category.

The boys 100 metre backstroke event saw a 1st and 4th placing for Fraser Burgess and Muir Simpson respectively in the 11 year old category. While in the twelve year old category swim there was a large number of entrants from the club. So Roan Murray finished in 5th place with Calum Evans and Leo Marshall finished in 7th and 10th place, while Colin Doyle and Kyle Muirhead achieving 11th and 13th place finishes. In the same event in the boys 13 year old category Lewis Thomson finished in 3rd spot while Jamie Golder finished in 11th place. The boys 14 & over category saw a fast swim for Adam Wood who finished in 7th place with Euan Edmiston ending up in 11th place. While Josh Gardiner finished in 17th position with Adam Smith finished in 18th place

The girls 400 metre freestyle event saw a 3rd place for Ria Colbridge and 12th place for Evie Cuthbert. While in the boys 400 meter freestyle, Euan Edmiston finished in 4th place with Jamie Ferguson finishing in 5th and Adam Wood making 12th place.

Fraser Burgess was 2nd in the boys 11 year old 100 meter breaststroke event, with a 5th place for Muir Simpson. While in the boys 12 year old category of the same event, Jamie Ferguson finished in 2nd place with a fifth place for Roan Murray. Colin Doyle and Calum Evans finished 8th and 9th respectively. The 13 year old category saw a win for Lewis Thomson and a 7th place for Jamie Golder. While in the older 14 year old category Josh Gardiner finished 14th place with Adam Smith finishing just behind.

The girls 100 breaststroke swim in the 10 & unders saw a win for Aimee Bell. While Cerys Pritchard finished in 12th place in the 12 year old category, with a second place for Ria Colbridge in the 13 year old girls category. Also finishing just behind, was Jemma Gerstenberger in 3rd place and Charlotte Scott ended up in 13th place. Beth McFarlane stormed home in the girls 14 & over category, while Ellie Turnbull finished in 12th spot.

Chloe Barron was again on winning for in the 100 metre Fly for 10 & Under girls with a 5th placing for Aimee Bell. The same event for 11 year old girls saw Emily Durkie finish 9th, while Olivia Muirhead achieved a 3rd place in the 12 year old category. Ria Colbridge also finished 3rd in the 100 Fly for 13 year old girls, with a 5th placing for Jemma Gerstenberger and a 9th place for Charlotte Scott. In the 14 year old and overs Beth McFarlane finished in 3rd place, while Evie Cuthbert finished in 6th place.

Fraser Burgess won the same event, 100 metere fly, in the 11 year old boys category. While Jamie Ferguson, Roan Murray and Calum Evans finished well in 2nd, 3rd and 6th places respectively in the 12 year old swims. Lewis Thomson and Jamie Golder finished 5th and 9th places in the 13 year old category.While the boys 14 years and over swims saw a 2nd place for Matthias Rietvelt, a 6th place for Euan Edmiston. This left Adam Smith and Josh Gardiner to finish in 14th and 15th places respectively.

Fraser Burgess also won the boys 100 freestyle in the 11 year old swim with Muir Simpson finishing in 6th spot. The 12 year old category swim saw a 2nd place for Jamie Ferguson, and 8th, 9th place for Calum Evans and Roan Murray. Leaving Colin Doyle, Kyle Muirhead and Leo Marshall to finish 11th,13th and 14th places respectively. The 13 year old boys saw a 4th place for Lewis Thomson and 9th place for Jamie Golder. In the 14 year old and over category, Matthias Rietvelt finished 9th with and 11th place for Euan Edmiston. Leaving Adam Wood, Adam Smith and Josh Gardiner finishing in 14th,19th and 20th places respectively.

The girls 10 & under, 100 metre freestyle event saw a 2nd and 3rd place for Chloe Barron and Aimee Bell. The same event in the 11 year old girls category saw an 8th placing for Emily Durkie. Olivia Muirhead finished in 7th place in the 12 year old event with an 11th place for Cerys Pritchard and a 15th placing for Jessica Thomson. While Ria Colbridge achieved 4th place, with Jemma Gerstenberger, and Charlotte Scott finishing in 6th and 16th place respectively in the 13 year old category. Leaving Evie Cuthbert and Ellie Turnbull finishing in 13th and 19th place for the 14 & Over.

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.