Nailing the Swimmer’s Diet

Great article here about fuelling correctly for training and competition.

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Midlothian Swimmers Inspire Act of Kindness

Midlothian swimmers Fraser Wilson, Jamie Ferguson and Euan Edmiston are hailed by Scottish Swimming for their great sportsmanship towards a young competitor at our Spring Meet in April. Read the full story here.



Youngsters taking a moment out of this Sunday’s land training session at Penicuik Centre to pose with Donald McFarlane (Front).


Midlothian Swimming Club said a fond farewell to the parent volunteer, Donald Mcfarlane, who has led a land training session every Sunday morning for the past 12 years.  The club relies on parent volunteers, and without them, the club would not be as successful as it is. Donald’s fun exercise sessions allowed the youngsters an opportunity to improve core fitness out of the pool. The entire club appreciates all his hard work over the years, and presented him with a small token of their appreciation after his last land training session, which was held on Sunday. Head coach Colin Barton said “during that time his enthusiasm and expertise has benefited so many young swimmers. He will be greatly missed by everyone at the club and I wish him well for the future.” Past club swimmer Laura Gray recalled fondly that “he was amazing fun and made running bearable.

Donald was keen to point out he was “looking forward to a rest and a few Sunday lie ins.”

Meet Report – Midlothian Spring Meet

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

Midlothian Spring Meet 2017 Results

Click here to view results for those who took part in the Midlothian Spring Meet on 22nd & 23rd April.


Brodies Schools Swimming Championships – 27th January 2017

There was a welcome day off educational studies for eight swimmers from Midlothian swimming club last Friday 27th January. The talented youngsters had been selected to competed at the finals of the Brodies Schools Swimming Championships which was held at the Dollan Aqua Centre  in East Kilbride. Swimmers from across all of Scotland were representing their individual schools at this prestigious competition. Past winners have included  commonwealth games medallists, Dan Wallace, Robbie Renwick, Corrie Scott, Hannah Miley and Duncan Scott. Our midlothian youngsters were on blistering form and in the girls 15-16 year old 100 metre freestyle event,  Eilidh Redpath finished in fourth place competing for her school, Heriots with a time of 1:02.23. Eilidh Redpath also went on to win a bronze medal with her 200 metre individual medley performance in a time of  2:29.09.

While Lasswade High school was well represented by swimmers, firstly Ria Colbridge who finished in fifth place in the girls 13-14 tear old 200 metre individual medley event in a time of 2:39.99. This was swiftly followed by a fifth place finish for Jamie Ferguson in the  boys 13-14 100 metre backstroke event and a sixth place for the youngster in the 200 metre backstroke in a time of 2:32.02. While yet another Lasswade pupil, Lewis Thomson also achieved a fifth place finish in the boys 13-14 year old 200 metre breaststroke event.

Penicuik High was represented this year by Fraser Wilson in the boys 15-16 year old 200 metre butterfly event where he finished in fifth place in a time of 2:19.46 and he also achieved another fifth place in 100 metre backstroke event in a time of 1:04.97

Bonnyrigg was proudly represented by Abigail Porteous in the girls 12 year old junior 50 metre breaststroke heats which saw her finish in 7th place in a time of 40.58, just missing out by the smallest of margins on a place in the finals.

Caledonia Crosland representing Cornbank Primary, was also competing in this event where she achieved a ninth place finish in a time of  42.15. While another youngster, Aimee Bell deserves a mention as she qualified as a reserve swimmer for this event.

Head coach Colin Barton was delighted with the youngsters performances, stating “it is a huge achievement to reach the final stages of this competition in itself. All the swimmers worked well on their process goals, enabling them to use these swim performances as a rehearsal for the upcoming East District championships “

Lothian Junior Graded Meet – 29th January 2017

Youngsters from Midlothian swimming club were competing at the Lothian Junior Graded Meet held at Prestonpans on Sunday 29th January. The highlights included a winning performance from Calum Murray in the boys 10 & under 50 metre freestyle event with a fifteenth place going to Jonah Turnbull. The 50 meter backstroke swim saw another gold for Calum Murray with Jonah Turnbull settling for fourth spot. Jonah Turnbull also achieved fourth place with his 50 metre butterfly swim while the 50 metre breaststroke event saw a ninth place finish for him with teammate Calum Murray finishing in fifteenth spot. There was also gold medal performance for Jamie Golder in the boys 12 & over 200 metre individual medley with Adam Smith finishing well in fifth place. The 100 meter freestyle event saw another podium finish and second place for Jamie Golder with third place for Adam Smith and ninth place being reserved for teammate Leo Marshall.

In the girls 10 & under category Isla Stokes won the 50 metre butterfly event  with a ninth placing for Katy Barron. Isla Stokes also finished in sixth place with her 50 metre freestyle swim with Katy Barron finishing in fourteenth place. Katy Barron also made twenty-third place with her 50 metre breaststroke swim with thirty-sixth place going to Isla Stokes in the same event. The 50 meter backstroke event saw a ninth place for Isla Stokes and a eighteenth place finish for Katy Barron.

A tremendous swim from Colin Doyle saw him finish in second place with Muir Simpson finishing in seventh spot in the 12 year old boys 100 metre freestyle. While in the 100 metre backstroke event, there was a ninth placing for Muir Simpson and twelfth place finish for his 100 metre individual medley swim. Colin Doyle also finished in fourth place with his 100 metre butterfly swim going one better to finish in third place with his 100 metre breaststroke, an event which also saw an eleventh place finish for Muir Simpson.

Freddie Parker finished in third place with his swim in the boys 11 year olds 100 metre backstroke event, and in fifth place with his 100 metre freestyle swim, also finishing in eighth place with his 100 metre individual medley and ninth place with his 100 metre breaststroke swim.

In the 11 year old girls category, Molly Hall finished in twenty third place with her 100 metre backstroke and 100 metre freestyle swims, achieving twenty first place with her 100 metre individual medley swim and seventeenth spot with her 100 metre butterfly swim

In the girls 13 & over category, Abigail McAllister achieved second place with her 200 metre individual medley swim and a fourth spot with her 100 metre backstroke swim with teammates Charlotte Scott and Cerys Pritchard finishing well in eighth and tenth places respectively. The same event for the boys saw Leo Marshall finish in fifth place, he also achieved the same placing with his 100 meter butterfly swim. The girls 200 metre individual medley swim also saw an eighth place finish for Cerys Pritchard and a seventeenth place for Amy Sewell. The 100 metre butterfly event saw Charlotte Scott achieve a well deserved sixth place while in the 100 metre freestyle there was a fourth and fifth place finish for Abigail and Charlotte respectively. The girls 13 & over 100 metre breaststroke event saw a seventh placing for Charlotte Scott and a ninth place finish for Cerys Pritchard. The same event for the boys saw a sixth, seventh and eighth places for Adam Smith, Jamie Golder and Leo Marshall. Cerys Pritchard also achieved a seventh place finish with her 100 metre freestyle swim. While in the girls 12 year olds category, Amy Sewell finished in sixth place with her 100 metre freestyle and 100 metre breaststroke swims.

Congratulations to all the youngsters on their tremendous performances.