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.

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”

East District Age Groups – Round 2 Michael Woods Centre, Glenrothes

There was a tremendous weekend of competitive swimming at East
District Age Groups Round 2 which was held at Michael Woods Centre,
Glenrothes. Youngsters from across the east district were competing
against one and other, in the second of a series of three competitions
to see who will be proclaimed East District age group champion at the
final event held at Royal commonwealth pool on the 3rd to 5th February
2017. This competition saw around twenty five Midlothian swimmers in
action, with some thrilling racing live screened on the web for those
who were unable to travel to spectate.

Head coach Colin Barton was delighted with the performances stating
“Despite this meet being held very early in the season, the swimmers
rose to the challenge with the vast majority of swims producing
personal bests.”

There was a sixth place finish in the boys 14 year old 200 metre
butterfly final for Jamie Ferguson and also a fourth place for him in
the 200 metre backstroke final. Lewis Thomson also finished in fourth
place with the 200 metre breaststroke final in the same age category
in a time of 2:43.09

While in the 15 year old boys category, Fraser Wilson won the finals
of both the 200 metre butterfly and backstroke events. He also
finished third place in the 200 metre breaststroke final , also
winning the the 200 metre freestyle in 2:00.03, just shy of the two
minute mark.

The girls 14 year old 200 metre breaststroke final saw a seventh place
for Ria Colbridge with her time of 2:58.18 also achieving seventh
place for her 200 metre freestyle final swim. Eilidh Redpath won the
girls 15 year olds 200 metre breaststroke final convincingly with her
time of 2:40.35 also going on to win the 200 metre freestyle and
finishing in third place with her 200 metre butterfly final and again
third place in the 200 metre backstroke final. While club captain Beth
McFarlane was second in the girls 17 senior 200 metre breaststroke
final with a commanding performance and time of 2:37.94

Although some swimmers did not reach the final stages they still
achieved remarkable time improvements, amongst the highlights in
backstroke were Chloe Barron nine seconds improvement, Lewis Thomson
(11), Jamie Golder (11), Ria Colbridge (5). While in breaststroke
these performances were mirrored by a twelve second improvement by
Jamie Ferguson, Roan Murray (15) ,Aimee Bell (9) and Abigail Porteous
(5). While Lewis Thomson improved by five seconds with his freestyle
swim.

Amongst the other performances were the girls 11-12 200 metre backstroke heats which saw a seventeenth place finish for Chloe Barron in 2:58.45 while Caledonia Crosland finished in 22nd place, in the same event. Emily Durkie finished in 33rd place in the girls 13 year olds category. While Ria Colbridge finished in twelfth place in the in the 14 year old category, and Olivia Muirhead finished in 25th place with a time of 2:47.61 in the same event. The girls 15 year old category, saw a 20th place finish for Jodie Finlay with Evie Cuthbert finishing in 24th spot and Ellie Brown finishing in 30th position. While Sam Paterson finished in 16th place in the 16 year old category with both her breaststroke and backstroke swims.

The girls 200 metre butterfly heats saw an 11th place finish for Evie Cuthbert, she also finished in 20th place with her 200 metre freestyle heats swim with a 29th place for Ellie Brown in 2:30.87 in the same event. Jodie Finlay finished in 17th place with her 200 metre freestyle swim and in 15th spot for her 200 meter breaststroke heats swim.

In the girls 11-12 200 meter freestyle, Chloe Barron finished in 13th place with a 14th place finish for Aimee Bell. Aimee also finished in 11th place with her breaststroke heats with teammate Abigail Porteous going one better to finish in 10th place.

The boys 13 year olds 200 metre backstroke heats saw 11th place for Roan Murray, 18th place for Fraser Burgess and 19th place for Calum Evans. With a 14th place finish for Lewis Thomson and 28th place for Jamie Golder in the 14 year old category. Euan Edmiston also finished in 16th place in the 15 year old category, he also finished in 14th place in the boys 15 year olds 200 metre butterfly heats with a time of  2:15.62.

The boys 13 year olds 200 metre breaststroke swim saw a 17th place for Roan Murray in 3:18.68 and a 13th placing for Jamie Ferguson in 2:56.23, while the 200 meter freestyle saw a 20th place for Fraser Burgess in Boys 13 Year Olds category and a 9th place for Jamie Ferguson and 17th place for Lewis Thomson in boys 14 year olds 200 metre freestyle heats.

Tremendous swimming from everyone, all the hard work in training in certainly paying off.

Duo head to Scottish Training Camp

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Eilidh and Fraser in their Youth Development squad tops at Penicuik Centre on their return to club training.

 

On the strength of their performance last season,  Eilidh Redpath and Fraser Wilson were selected to attend two separate weekend camps as part of Scottish swimming youth development squad. So instead of tucking into the festive leftovers, the talented duo spent four days at the second of these training camps in Stirling at the National swimming academy between 27-30 December.
They were part of a group of sixty youngsters from across the country, who took part in   intensive   training.    National coach Alyn Lynn, highlighted the importance of the camp, stating “Once again it will be fantastic to welcome the swimmers and coaches to the national swimming academy, there is now a collective motivation towards improving as both swimmers and athletes both in and out of the pool. Critical to these improvements is the support of the home coaches attending whom on a day to day basis can make such an impact”
The main focus was training hard and smart, improving skills in the pool and on land, application and approach undertaken in all activities, with some fun activities including a dance class and bowling, and the ongoing commitment to mindset improvement.
Head coach Colin Barton,  also attended the camp enjoyed the experience and  said  “Eilidh and Fraser showed up well in the company, of some of the top youth swimmers in the country. It was an intense four days which will hopefully prepare them well for a successful season ahead.

District Regional Programme – 4th December at Lochgelly High School

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Ria Colbridge, Ellie Robertson, Jamie Ferguson and Lewis Thomson

Four youngsters from Midlothian swimming club enjoyed the third and final day of training as part of the District Regional Programme on Sunday (4th Dec) at Lochgelly High school.  They took part an intensive day of swimming and landbased exercise. There was also an opportunity for parents to hear about the important role they play in their child’s swimming development at a mindset talk in the afternoon. Ria Colbridge, Ellie Robertson, Jamie Ferguson and Lewis Thomson pictured were selected to take part in this initiative run by Scottish Swimming Performance Team in co-operation with the local swimming Districts. There performances at the DRP Days swimmers may lead the youngsters to be nominated by the Lead Coaches for selection to attend stroke-specific training days in the following Spring.

Head coach Colin Barton, “was keen to stress it is a major achievement  to be one of the swimmers selected for this training programme and reports and feedback from the coaches involved about the youngsters, have been excellent.

Edinburgh & Midlothian Schools Swimming Championships (Ainslie Park) on 20th November 2016

Youngsters from across Midlothian were competing recently at the Edinburgh & Midlothian schools swimming championships. The event was held at the Ainslie Park swimming pool on the 20th November. The meet saw youngsters from across Midlothian and Edinburgh representing not their clubs but their schools at a variety of distances in age category. The fastest swimmers will compete against the very best school swimmers from across  Scotland at the Brodies Schools Swimming Championship which will be held at the Dollan Aqua Centre, East Kilbride Friday 27th January 2017.

Midlothian swimming club head coach Colin Barton, said ” there were many impressive performances considering the youngsters did not prepare specifically for this meet.”
Midlothian resident Eilidh Redpath won the girls 14-15 year old 100 metre freestyle event representing Heriots, while Ellie Brown finished in ninth place for this event. Eilidh Redpath also went on to win the girls 14-15 200 metre individual medley event in convincing style. She was also part of the winning 14-15 year old girls 4x 50 metre freestyle Heriots relay team. Emily Durkie also finished in 17th place in the girls 12-13 year old category, with her 100 metre breaststroke swim. Ellie Brown achieved seventh place in her second race of the meet in the girls 14-15 year old 200 metre backstroke event.
Ria Colbridge r epresenting Lasswade high school finished second in the girls 12-13 year old 200 metre individual medley and third in the 400 metre freestyle event. Izzy Drysdale also finished in eighth place in g irls 14-15 year old 100 metre freestyle event. Cerys Pritchard competed well in the 12-13 year old 200 metre freestyle event finishing in tenth place also finishing in 21st place with her 100 metre breaststroke swim. Olivia Muirhead finished in fifth place with her 100 metre butterfly and seventh place in the girls 12-13 year old 200 metre backstroke events. Eilidh Maguire finished in ninth place in the 14-15 year old 200 metre backstroke going one better in the 100 metre butterfly to finish in eighth place. Two club youngsters Ria Colbridge and Olivia Muirhead were part of the Lasswade 12-13 year old girls 4x 50 metre freestyle relay team which took third spot.
While in the in the boys 12-13 year old category, Jamie Ferguson came second in the 200 metre backstroke event also finishing in third place in the 100 metre backstroke event, w hile Lewis Thomson finished in fourth place with his boys 200 metre breaststroke swim and Calum Evans finished in seventh place in the 1 00 metre freestyle event.
Lewis Thomson also achieved third place in the 100 metre breaststroke alongside Roan Murray who finished sixth in the same race. Roan Murray also achieved an eighth place finish with his 200 metre individual medley event. Fraser Burgess and Jamie Golder finished in tenth and eleventh place respectively in the 200 metre freestyle event. While Fraser Burgess achieved a fifth place finish in the 100 metre butterfly with Kyle Muirhead not too far behind in seventh place.
Lasswade high school fielded two relay teams in the boys  12-13 year old 4x 50 metre freestyle. Lasswade A team, consisting of; Lewis Thomson, Fraser Burgess, Jamie Golder and Jamie Ferguson finished in third place, while Lasswade B team, consisting of Roan Murray, Thomas Henderson, Leo Marshall and Calum Evans finished in sixth place.
Representing Beeslack community high school  was Beth Mcfarlane who finished second in the 16-18 year old 100 metre and 200 breaststroke events and by Euan Edmiston who finished in third place with his 100 metre breaststroke swim and sixth place with his 400 metre freestyle swims in the 14-15 year old boys category. Jemma Gerstenberger was fifth in the 100 metre backstroke also finishing seventh in the girls 12-13 year old 200 metre breaststroke event. While Sam Paterson finished in eighth place with her 100 metre breaststroke and tenth position with her 200 metre breaststroke swims in the girls 14-15 year old category. Also representing the school was Adam Smith who finished in 10th place in the  boys 14-15 year old 200 metre freestyle also finishing in 13th place with his  100 metre freestyle swim.
Penicuik High school was represented by Evie Cuthbert who finished fifth in the girls 14-15 year old 200 metre butterfly event, and Fraser Wilson who won the boys 14-15 year old category 200 metre butterfly event and finished in second place in the 100 metre backstroke. Ellie Turnbull also finished in eleventh place with her girls 14-15 year old 100 metre breaststroke swim.
Cornbank Primary school was represented by Aimee Bell who finished in sixth place in the the girls 11 and under 50 metre freestyle event while Caledonia Crosland finished in eleventh place with her swim in the same category. Caledonia also finished ahead of Aimee in the 50 metre breaststroke event where they finished in fourth and fifth places respectively.
Chloe Barron representing Mauricewood Primary finished in eighth position in the girls 11 and under 50 metre freestyle and fifth place with her 50 metre butterfly swim.
Midlothian swimmer Freddie Parker finished in 13th place with his 14-15 year old 50 metre freestyle event and 12th place with his 50 metre backstroke swim representing Flora Stevenson. He was also part of his relay team which finished in fourth place in the boys 11 and under 4×50 metre freestyle relay. While Tess McMyn finished in 20th place with her girls 11 years and under 50 metre backstroke swim representing St Georges.
Bonnyrigg Primary was represented Abigail Porteous who finished in second place with her 50 metre breaststroke swim and by Calum Murray who finished in 25th place with his 11 years and under 50 metre freestyle swim. Abigail also finished in ninth place with her 50 metre butterfly swim while Calum achieved a 12th placing with his 50 metre butterfly swim
Rosewell Primary saw a 18th place in the 50 metre butterfly and 25th place in the 50 metre breaststroke events for Charlotte Thomson in the 11 and under category.

East District Age Group Championships (Round 1) Glenrothes 26 & 27 November 2016

The first round of the East District Age Group Championships was held at the Michael Woods Centre – Glenrothes on Saturday and Sunday 26-27th November. This prestigious event saw swimmers from Midlothian competing against other top swimmers from the Scottish Amateur Swimming Association east region. 

The East District Age Group Championships are held in three stages, the first weekend is this event in November and second is held in January 2017 and the “Finals” weekend held at at The Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh in February 2017. This final meet sees the fastest swimmers in each event compete to be crowned East District Age Group Champion.

Head coach Colin Barton was delighted with the youngsters efforts, saying “they  demonstrated their versatility, and coped extremely well with the switch to the longer distance events.” 

Eilidh Redpath won the girls 15 year olds 400 metre individual medley with a time of 5:03.87 with club captain, Beth McFarlane also competing in the girls 17 senior 400 metre Individual medley.

While Eilidh Redpath won the girls 15 year olds 800 metre freestyle and Jodie Finlay finished in eleventh spot in the same event. In the  girls 14 year olds 800 metre freestyle, Ria Colbridge finished in eighth place in good style 

In the boys 13 year olds 400 metre freestyle event, Fraser Burgess finished well in sixteenth spot. 

While in the older boys 14 year olds 400 metre freestyle, Jamie Ferguson finished in eighth place with Lewis Thomson not too far behind in fourteenth place. The1500 metre freestyle in the same age category saw a ninth placing for Jamie Ferguson in a time of 18:51.60 and a tenth place for Lewis Thomson in a time of 18:57.87.

Fraser Wilson won the boys 15 year olds 400 metre freestyle, an event which also saw Euan Edmiston finish in twelfth place. Fraser Wilson also finished in third place in the 1500 metre freestyle in a time of 17:29.96 with teammate Euan Edmiston finishing in seventh place in a time of 18:26.29

On Sunday it was another win for Fraser Wilson in the boys 15 year olds 400 metre individual medley  and second place for him in the boys 800 metre freestyle, with Euan Edmiston finishing in sixteenth place for his 400 metre individual medley swim. 
The girls 15 year olds 400 metre freestyle event saw another winning performance by Eilidh Redpath to win gold, with Jodie Finlay finishing in sixteenth place with her swim.

Ria Colbridge finished well in tenth place in the girls 14 year olds 400 metre freestyle event. 

Jamie Ferguson finished in seventh place in the boys 14 year olds 800 metre freestyle and a ninth placing for teammate Lewis Thomson for his swim in the same event. While Jamie Ferguson saw an eleventh place finish with his 400 metre individual medley swim.

In the relays the mixed 13-14 200 metre medley relay team achieved fifth place, while the  mixed 15-16 200 metre medley relay team went one better to finish fourth. 

The relays saw great team performances with a sixth place finish for midlothian A in the mixed 13-14 200 metre freestyle relay and a 4th placing in the  mixed 15-16 200 metre freestyle relay.