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.

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.

Scottish Age Group Championships

This year’s championships were held at the recently opened Aberdeen Sports village over 6 days in March/April.

A team of 9 Midlothian swimmers qualified for a total of 58 events.

Fraser Wilson had a great week finishing as National champion in 4 events, the 50m butterfly, 50m, 100m & 200 backstroke as well as 3 silver medals in the 100m butterfly, 50 & 100m freestyle.

Lewis Thomson finished as national champion in the 200m breaststroke in a time which currently ranks him as the fastest 12 year old in Britain. He also won silver in the 50 & 100m breaststroke.

Beth McFarlane won bronze in the 100m & 200m breaststroke with 2 very gutsy swims.

Eilidh Redpath had a super swim in the 50m butterfly to win silver and Jamie Ferguson matched this in the very next event, the 50m backstroke.

This brought to an end the club’s best ever performance at these championships with a total of 14 medals.

The remaining swimmers, Katie Golder, Matt Rietvelt, Jodie Finlay and Ria Colbridge performed really well with 58.5% of all swims resulting in finals and 78.5% were personal bests.

 

Forres 2 day meet 2015

A group of 25 swimmers travelled north to Forres to compete in the Forres Bluefin’s 2 day meet over the weekend of 13th – 15th March 2015.

After settling into our accommodation, we descended on Jimmy Chung’s restaurant in Inverness for our Friday evening meal where a copious amount of food was devoured.

This set us up for the first session the following morning with the 100m breaststroke for 13 & 14 year old as the first events. Matt Rietvelt produced a good PB to claim the gold and there were notable PBs for Sam Paterson & Amber Roe.

Our youngest swimmer, Andrea Suarez then produced a great 50 freestyle to reduce her time by over 3 seconds.

Jamie Ferguson, Fraser Wilson & Eilidh Redpath all won Gold in the 100m backstroke with Jodie Finlay winning silver and Ria Colbridge bronze. There were also huge PB s for Euan Edmiston and Jamie Golder in this event.

In the oldest age category, Beth McFarlane won Gold, Katie Golder silver & Ross Muego bronze in their 100 butterfly events in which Eilidh Edmiston, Jenny Timoney and Vaila Robertson also had excellent swims.

Matt won his second Gold of the meet and Sam picked up silver in the 100 IM before Andrea recorded another good PB in the 50 backstroke.

Our swimmers collected 4 golds in the 100 breaststroke in the younger age groups which were won by Jamie, Fraser, Jodie Finlay and Ria. Massive improvements were recorded by Jamie Golder, Toni Jenkinson, Ellie Brown and Evie Cuthbert in this event.

Laura Halliday also sliced several seconds from her 100 butterfly time to win bronze and Matt won gold medal number 3 in the same event.

In the 100 freestyle events for our older swimmers, we collected Gold (Katie), silver (Ross) & bronze (Beth) whilst Thomas Rietvelt had a great swim slicing over 2 seconds from his time.

This led us into the first of the relay events, the 4 x 50 medley where Midlothian produced a clean sweep winning all 4 events.

 These swims brought day one to an end and a tired but happy group made their way back to Inverness. Energy levels were boosted by eating masses of pizza and cake brought along to celebrate Katie and Vaila’s birthdays.

 We arrived at the pool early on the Sunday morning eager to add to the previous day’s points total in the race for the top club award and we got off to a great start. In the first event, the 100 IM, Eilidh Redpath won gold, Ria and Jodie won silver and Evie; Ellie & Toni significantly improved their times.

This was followed by a 5 second PB for Andrea in the 50m Breaststroke narrowly missing a medal with a 4th place finish.

Katie then won Gold and Ross bronze in the older backstroke event before Matt won his fourth event, the 100 freestyle. Sam and Laura recorded great PBs in the corresponding girl’s event.

The 100 butterfly was a good event for our swimmers, with Gold medals for Jamie, Fraser and Eilidh Redpath and silver for Ria and Jodie. In the same event there were huge PBs for Ellie and Toni.

Andrea set another personal best, as did Jamie Golder and Euan in the 100 IM, whilst there were Golds for Jamie Ferguson and Fraser.

Beth picked up Gold in the 100 breaststroke, with Ross and Katie taking bronze.

Andrea finished off session 3 with an excellent time in her 50m butterfly event.

 The final session got off to a slightly disappointing start when Matt missed out on a clean sweep of Gold medals when he was disqualified in the 100m backstroke after recording the fastest time. In this event, Sam won silver with a good swim and Amber and Izzy produced good personal bests.

Fraser and Jamie Ferguson completed their 5 out of 5 golds in the 100 freestyle with Eilidh Redpath also winning. Ria won silver and Jodie Bronze in the same event.

In the final individual event, Katie won Gold, and there were bronze medals for Beth and Ross in the 100 IM and good personal best swims for Thomas and Iain Doyle.

The only remaining events were the freestyle relays, with Midlothian looking to add to their 4 wins in the previous day’s medley relays. This was almost achieved when we won 3 out of the 4 and finished second in the other. The winning teams were the boys and girls 12 years and under and the boys 13 years and over.

When the overall points totals for the top club was announced, Midlothian came out on top to retain the trophy we had won in the previous 2 years.

 The minibuses were filled with much singing, giggling and chat on the long road back home which brought to an end a very successful and enjoyable weekend.