Scottish Schools Championships

This year’s championships were held at the recently opened Aberdeen Sports Village at the end of January and featured a number of Midlothian swimmers.

 First in action was Jamie Ferguson who eased into the final of the 50m backstroke where he eventually finished just outside the medals in fourth place.

This was followed by a solid swim from Katie Golder in the 100m backstroke where despite having been ill and not having trained for over a week, she finished as the 4th top 15 year old.

Lewis Thomson produced a great personal best swim to qualify for the 50m breaststroke final where he further reduced his time to claim the silver medal.

 In the girls 100m butterfly, Eilidh Redpath finished as 3rd fastest 13 year old and Beth McFarlane also produced a solid swim in her age group.

 The afternoon session got off to a good start with an excellent personal best swim from Eve Thomson in the 200m freestyle which resulted in her finishing as the second fastest 13 year old. Fraser Wilson went one better when he finished as the fastest 13 year old boy in the same event.

 In the boys 100m backstroke, Fraser won bronze in a very tight finish where he was touched out by 2 older boys.

Matt Rietvelt then had 2 swims very close together and after a solid 200m butterfly, competed well in the 100m freestyle despite very limited recovery time.

In the corresponding girls event, Eve swam very close to her personal best to finish as third fastest 13 year old.

This position was matched by Eilidh Redpath in the 200m IM with a good PB. Beth also swam very well in her 200 IM producing a time only slightly outside her best to finish in the top 8.

 

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.

Website Updates 2015

Hello! My name is Jackie Pritchard, I am the new Website Administrator for the Club.  If you would like to have an item added to the website then please email me at M.pritchard0658@btinternet.com.

Look forward to hearing from you!

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.

Midlothian Swimming Club 2015 Galas

Please add the following Gala dates to your 2015 diaries …

Midlothian Spring Meet – Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April 2015
Midlothian Minnows Meet – Sunday 24th May 2015

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:

Gold

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)

Silver

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)

Bronze

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

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.