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.

Congratulations Lauren

Congratulations to Lauren Sutherland who at the recent East District Age Group Championships won the 13 years girls 200m Breaststroke title. Lauren led from the start and despite coming under pressure from the eventual runner up she held her nerve and won in a new junior and senior club record time of 2.42.31.

In the same event, Beth McFarlane produced a great last 50m to claim the Bronze medal and earlier in the weekend, Kimberley MacKay reduced her 200m butterfly time by 8 seconds to also win Bronze whilst also breaking the club record.

Well done girls

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National County Team Champs 2012- Results

The Scotland East team swam at the county team champs on 21st of October 2012, with Beth McFarlane swimming the 100m breast for the girls 12/13yrs. Overall in division one they finnished 6th, this is the highest they have ever been placed out of the 39 counties that take part.

Outside the pool at Sheffield

Results

Division 1 Results

Division 2 Results

Lincoln Vulcan Meet

Beth McFarlane and Kimberley MacKay also swam in the Lincoln Vulcan meet (LC) the day before.

Beth – 100 breast – 1st

Kimberley – 100 breast- 4th

Kimberley – 100 back – 5th

Kimberley- 100 free – 3rd

Kimberley – 50 free- 1st

Results

Lincoln Vulcans Results

National County Team Championships 2012

Congratulations to Beth McFarlane who has been selected to represent the East District and to Kimberley MacKay who has been selected as a travelling reserve for this years county team championships. This will be held in Sheffield in October where the district will be competing against the top counties from throughout Britain. Both girls will also participate in the Lincoln Vulcans meet at the same venue the day prior to the championships.

Congratulations Beth

Congratulations to Beth McFarlane on achieving a qualification time for the 100m breaststroke event at the British Age Group Championships in Sheffield at the end of July. Beth throuroughly enjoyed the experience of swimming at such a high level and although her swim was slightly outside her best, she gained invaluable experience.

Scottish Age Group Championships 2012

Due to a lack of suitable and available 50m pools in Scotland these championships were held in Sunderland between 31st March & 4th April 2012. The standard of the competition was probably stronger as a result, due to larger number of English based competitors than normal. 

A small team of Midlothian swimmers had qualified to compete in a number of events. Sarah Eunson, Lauren Sutherland, Beth Denholm, Kimberley MacKay, Jenny Jubb, Beth McFarlane and Fiona Inglis all made the journey south at various times throughout the championships.  Although the team was small, they really excelled  reaching 11 finals between them,  breaking 7 club records in the process. 

On day one, Kimberley narrowly missed out on a medal in the 100m backstroke finishing in 4th place, although she was the third fastest Scottish swimmer. In the 400m IM she set a new junior and senior club record in finishing 6th.

 The following day, Kimberley again finished 4th, this time in the 200m freestyle final, whilst Lauren finished 5th (3rd fastest Scot) and Beth McFarlane 6th (4th fastest Scot) in the 100m breaststroke. 

On day 3, Fiona squeezed into the 50m freestyle final where she set a new club record in finishing 9th. This was followed by another junior club record and a 5th place finish (3rd fastest Scot) for Kimberley in the 200m IM. 

Lauren, who was in sparkling form qualified for the 200m breaststroke final, where she improved again setting a new junior club record finishing 5th (3rd fastest Scot). Fiona reached the 100m freestyle final where she finished 8th. Her time converted into short course was under the magical 60 seconds, the first Midlothian girl in the history of the club to break this barrier. In the corresponding event for the younger girls, Kimberley was involved in a very tight finish which saw only 0.48 seconds covering the first 5 swimmers, unfortunately Kim finished 5th but had the consolation of smashing her PB and setting a new junior club record. 

On the final day, Kimberley reached her 6th final, the 100m butterfly where she finished 7th (4th fastest Scot) which capped a fine championships for our swimmers.