Iain MacFadyen Memorial Gala, 3rd September 2016 – Prestonpans

Congratulations to all the Midlothian swimmers who were competing at Iain MacFadyen Memorial Gala held at Mercat Gait Centre – Prestonpans on the 3rd of September. The long summer break must have been good for the youngsters as Development coach Lesley Inglis was “surprised and delighted with the youngsters performances.” The team succeeded in picking up points trophy, a historic first for the club, as well as breaking a few meet records.”

In the girls 11 year old 100 metre individual medley event, Caledonia Crosland achieved a bronze medal. While Emily Durkie finished in sixth place, and Abigail Porteous finished in eighth position, with a 14th place for Amy Sewell, 19th position for Mia Ponton, and 20th place for Molly Hall.

In the boys 11 year Old 100 metre individual medley event Freddie Parker finished in 5th place with a seventh placing for Murray Irving.

Cerys Pritchard finished in sixth position in the girls 12 year old 100 metre backstroke event while it was second and third place for Roan Murray and Calum Evans in the boys 12 year old 100 Metre Backstroke, with a 7th place for Kyle Muirhead.

In the girls 8-10 year old 25 metre butterfly Erin Ponton and Ellie Cassidy finished in 15th and 16th place.

Chloe Barron won gold in the girls 8-10 year old 50 metre butterfly event with bronze for Aimee Bell. While Isla Stokes achieved 14th position with and 18th place for Katy Barron and 22nd placing for Orla Maxwell.

In the boys 8-10 50 metre butterfly event Calum Murray achieved seventh place with 11th placing for Sam Whitehorn

Abigail Porteous was on winning form in the girls 11 year old 50 metre breaststroke event, with a bronze for Caledonia Crosland and a fourth position for Emily Durkie. Amy Sewell finished in ninth place with Mia Ponton and Molly Hall finishing in 15th and 16th position respectively.
Muir Simpson finished in fifth place in the boys 11 year Old 50 metre breaststroke event with a seventh and eighth place finish for Murray Irving and Freddie Parker.

Cerys Pritchard finished in fourth place in the girls 12 year old 100 metre breaststroke event while Roan Murray won gold in the boys 12 year old 100 metre breaststroke event.

In the girls 8-10 year old 50 metre backstroke it was silver and bronze medals for Chloe Barron and Aimee Bell. With 16th place finish for Isla Stokes, 19th place for Katy Barron, 25th for Orla Maxwell, and 28th for Rowan Bell. While Charlotte Durkie finished in 31st position and Ellie Cassidy achieved 40th place and Erin Ponton finishing in 42nd place.

In the boys 8-10 year old 50 metre backstroke event there was an eighth position for Calum Murray, tenth for Sam Whitehorn and 18th place for Jack Sewell.

While it was and 8th, 9th and 10th position for Emily Durkie, Abigail Porteous, and Caledonia Crosland respectively in the girls 11 year old 50 metre butterfly event with Amy Sewell finishing in 12th place.

In the boys 11 year old 50 metre butterfly event Muir Simpson, Freddie Parker and Murray Irving finished in fifth, sixth and seventh place respectively.

While in the relay event the Midlothian A team won a bronze medal in the Mixed 8-10 4×25 Metre Medley Relay and silver and bronze in the for the Midlothian A and B teams in the Mixed 11-12 4×50 Metre Medley Relay

Cerys Pritchard finished in fifth place in the girls 12 year old 100 metre individual medley, while Roan Murray won silver in the boys 12 year old 100 metre individual medley, with Calum Evans and Kyle Muirhead finishing in fourth and sixth position.

Aimee Bell was on gold medal winning form in the girls 8-10 50 metre breaststroke with a seventh place for Chloe Barron. Katy Barron, Orla Maxwell, Charlotte Durkie and Isla Stokes finished in 18th, 21st, 23rd and 26th positions rspectively while Rowan bell Ellie Cassidy and Erin Ponton finished in 36th, 40, and 41st places.

While Sam Whitehorn finished in ninth position in the boys 8-10 50 metre breaststroke, with a 16th and 17th place finish for Jack Sewell and Calum Murray.

In the girls 11 year old 50 metre backstroke, Emily Durkie and Caledonia Crosland finished in 7th and 8th place with Amy Sewell, Mia Ponton and Molly Hall finishing in 14th, 15th and 17th places.

Freddie Parker won a bronze medal in the boys 11 year old 50 metre backstroke, with a sixth and seventh place finish for Muir Simpson and Murray Irving.

While Calum Evans won gold boys 12 year old 50 metre butterfly with a bronze medal placing for Kyle Muirhead.

Chloe Barron won gold in the girls 8-10 year old 50 metre freestyle with a silver medal for Aimee Bell. While it was a 21st, 26th, 27th, 30th, 36th and 42nd placing for teammates Isla Stokes, Orla Maxwell, Katy Barron, Charlotte Durkie, Rowan Bell and Ellie Cassidy.

The boys 8-10 year old 50 metre freestyle saw a 13th place for Calum Murray, 15th place for Sam Whitehorn and 20th place for Jack Sewell.

In the girls 11 year old 100 metre freestyle event, Emily Durkie finished in ninth position with 11th, 12th 17th and 18th place for Caledonia Crosland, Amy Sewell, Molly Hall and 18th place for Mia Ponton.

Freddie Parker and Muir Simpson won silver and bronze medals in the boys 11 year old 100 metre freestyle while Murray Irving finished in sixth place.

Also finishing in sixth place was Cerys Pritchard in the girls 12 year old 100 metre freestyle event.

While it was third, fourth and fifth place for Calum Evans, Roan Murray and Kyle Muirhead in the boys 12 year old 100 metre freestyle event.

A third place finish for the mixed 8-10 year old 4×25 metre freestyle relay team with a time of 1:10.55 while it was 3rd and 5th position for Midlothian A and B teams in the Mixed 11-12 4×50 metre freestyle relay event.

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.

InCAS Distance Meet – Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th May 2016

Midlothian swimmers were again action this weekend at the Incas distance meet which was held at Carnegie Leisure Centre, Dunfermline. Head coach Colin Barton said, “this meet included all the longer distance events and the swimmers reaped the rewards for all the endurance work they have put in since the start of the season” also saying ” I was very happy with the youngsters results.”

Ria Colbridge was on winning form in the girls 11-12 year old, 800 metre freestyle event, which also saw, Jemma Gerstenberger finishing in eighth place. It was also a strong showing in the same event in the older girls category, with a decisive win for Eilidh Redpath with a time of 9:36.85. Jodie Finlay finishing in second place with Sam Paterson and Ellie Brown, Izzy Drysdale all swimming well, finishing in fifth, sixth and seventh place respectively. It was also a first and second place for Fraser Wilson and Lewis Thomson in same event for the boys 13-14 year olds.

In the 200 metre breaststroke event, Roan Murray finished in tenth place in the 8-10 year old category with another win for Fraser Wilson in the 13-14 year old category.  Euan Edmiston also finished in seventh place with a thirteenth spot being claimed by Jamie Golder in the same age category.

The girls 11-12 year old, 200 metre individual medley saw lots of swims for Midlothian swimming club, with the best being a tenth spot for Jemma Gerstenberger. Although, Olivia Muirhead, Abigail Porteous, Caledonia Crosland, and Cerys Pritchard, also finished the race in 13th, 17th, 22nd and 23rd respectively.  In the older 13-14 year old category, Eilidh Redpath was again on winning form with  her swim, while Evie Cuthbert finished in third place with Ellie Brown achieving seventh place.

Jodie Finlay won the girls 13-14 year old 200 metre butterfly event in a time of  2:41.27 with Evie Cuthbert finishing in second place with a time of 2:52.54

While in the boys 11-12 year old 1500 metre freestyle event, Jamie Ferguson finished in second place with Calum Evans finishing in sixth place. The older boys race saw Fraser Wilson finishing first with a third place for Euan Edmiston and a fourth placing for Lewis Thomson.

Ria Colbridge was second in the girls 11-12 year olds 200 metre breaststroke with a fourth place for  Jemma Gerstenberger and 17th place for Abigail Porteous and 22nd for Cerys Pritchard. In the same event for 13-14 year old category, saw Eilidh Redpath win again, with a fourth, fifth and seventh place for Sam Paterson, Jodie Finlay and Izzy Drysdale. Eilidh Redpath also won the girls 13-14 year old 400 metre individual medley in a time of  5:07.71

Fraser Burgess achieved ninth place in the boys 11-12 year old, 200 metre individual medley event with a 12th and 15th place for teammates Roan Murray and Kyle Muirhead. While in the Boys 13-14 year 200 metre individual medley event ,Lewis Thomson finished in fifth place with a ninth place finish for Adam Smith.

Ria Colbridge won gold, in the girls 11-12 year old 400 metre freestyle event, with teamates, Olivia Muirhead, Cerys Pritchard finishing in seventeenth and twentieth place. Also Eilidh Redpath won gold again with her 400 meter swim, with a fourth place for Jodie Finlay and an eight, ninth and tenth place for Evie Cuthbert, Ellie Brown and Sam Paterson.

While it was seventh place success for Olivia Muirhead in the girls 11-12 year old 200 metre backstroke event, with Caledonia Crosland finishing in fifteenth spot. In the older girls 13-14 year old category, Sam Paterson achieved a fifth place for her swim with sixth, seventh and eighth spots being claimed by Evie Cuthbert, Ellie Brown and Eilidh Maguire.
 

There were lots of swims in the boys 11-12 200 metre freestyle event, which saw a third place for Jamie Ferguson, an eleventh placing for Fraser Burgess. While Calum Evans achieved fifteenth place with 17th and 18th place for Roan Murray and Kyle Muirhead.  In the older 13-14 year old event, Fraser Wilson won, with a fourth place going to Euan Edmiston. While Adam Smith achieved ninth place and a tenth place finish for Jamie Golder.

In the boys 11-12 year old 400 metre freestyle, Jamie Ferguson finished in silver medal position with an eighth place for Fraser Burgess. Calum Evans also finished in 13th position with Roan Murray finishing just behind. In the boys 13-14year old 400 category it was another gold for Fraser Wilson with a fifth place going to Euan Edmiston and an eighth place for Adam Smith and ninth place for Jamie Golder.

Jamie Ferguson won the boys 11-12 year old 200 metre backstroke with and eleventh place finish for Fraser Burgess. Fraser Wilson was again out front in the boys 13-14year old 200 metre backstroke winning gold with Euan Edmiston finishing in seventh place.

The girls 11-12 year old 200 metre freestyle event saw second place for Ria Colbridge and a 15th placing for Olivia Muirhead. While Cerys Pritchard finished in 17th position with Caledonia Crosland finishing just behind, with 20th place being claimed by Jessica Thomson.

In the final race of the weekend, it was a gold medal for Eilidh Redpath in the girls 13-14 year old 200 metre freestyle event with Jodie Finlay finishing in third place, plus a fourth place finish for Evie Cuthbert. While fifth place was claimed by Ellie Brown with a tenth place finish for Eilidh Maguire.

SASA East District Lothian Leagues – 30th April 2016

This weekend saw the younger swimmers from Midlothian swimming club in action for the second round of the Scottish Amateur Swimming Association, East district Lothian Leagues competition. This event was held at Mercat Gait pool in Prestonpans on the 30th April and the youngsters are swimming to represent their club, not as individuals.

In the girls 8-9 year old category Katy Barron came in sixth place in the 25 metre butterfly with a fourteenth place for Rhiannon Joyce. Charlotte Thomson finished in second place with her 50 metre backstroke swim with a twelfth spot for Charlotte Durkie.  While in the 50 metre breaststroke event, Katy Barron achieved fourth place with team mate Erin Ponton finishing in fourteenth place. Rowan Bell finished in seventh place with Ellie MacArthur finishing in twelfth position with their 50 metre freestyle swims.  In the 50 meter butterfly event, Orla Maxwell achieved seventh place with Olivia Young finishing in thirteenth place.

In the same age category for the boys, Finlay Davies finished in third place with his 25 metre butterfly and sixth place for his 50 metre freestyle swims. Calum Murray achieving a second place in the 50 meter backstroke, with Jack Sewell achieving fourth place in the 50 metre breaststroke and seventh place in the 50 metre butterfly events.

The Girls 10-11year old category 200 metre freestyle saw Abiggail Porteous and Mia Ponton compete, finishing in ninth and eighteenth place respectively.  While the 50 metre butterfly event there was a seventh place for Aimee Bell and nineteenth place for Mia Ponton. The 50 metre breaststroke event saw Chloe Barron finishing in eighth place with Holly Milligan finishing in fifteenth place. Caledonia Crosland finished in second place in the 100 metre individual medley with Amy Sewell finishing in thirteenth place. Emily Durkie achieved sixth place for her 50 metre backstroke swim and Isla Stokes finished in fourteenth place in the same event.

For the boys in the 200 metre freestyle event, William Sander finished in ninth place with Muir Simpson also finishing in that position with his 100 metre individual medley swim. Ruaridh Fraser finished in fourteenth place with his 50 metre backstroke performance, while Freddie Parker finished in ninth place his 50 metre butterfly performance. The 50 meter breaststroke event saw a tenth place for Sam Whitehorn.

In the afternoon it was the turn of the older swimmers to compete. Charlotte Scott achieved a twelfth place in the in the girls 12-13 year old category for her 200 metre freestyle and  Cerys Pritchard also made that position with her 100 metre backstroke swim. Olivia Muirhead finished in seventh place in her 100 metre butterfly event while it was a sixteenth position for Jessica Thomson with her 100 metre breaststroke swim.

While a fifth place finish came for both Kyle Muirhead and Roan Murray with their 200 metre freestyle and 100 metre backstroke swims, with Calum Evans finishing in sixth place in his  200 metre individual medley event. Adam Smith, also finished in fifth spot in his 100 metre butterfly event with Roan Murray swimming again in the 100 metre breaststroke and finishing in seventh place.

There was also success for the girls 8-9 year old 4×25 metre freestyle relay  teams which saw Midlothian ‘A’ finish in fourth spot with Midlothian B finishing in ninth place.  The girls 10-11year old  4×50 metre freestyle relay teams also finished in fourth position for Midlothian ‘A’ and fifteenth place for Midlothian B. While in the mixed 10-11year old  4×50 metre freestyle relay Midlothian ‘A finish in sixth place. There was also a twelfth place finish for the girls 12-13year old 4×50 metre freestyle relay team while the boys came in sixth place with their 4×50 metre freestyle relay in the same age category.

Development coach Lesley Inglis was “delighted with the swimmers performances overall, although there was room for some technical improvement from the youngsters in the coming weeks. Ahead of their next big competion test, which will be at the club’s own Midlothian Minnows meet on the 21st May.”

First Aid Training – 2016

Nine midlothian youngsters took part in a spot of first aid training, organised by Midlothian swimming club coach Gilbert Kirkwood, who happens to volunteer for the Penicuik first responders. The session was led by first responder, Philip Knight and covered the basics of what to do in an emergency situation.  This included how to correctly perform CPR and what to do if someone is suspected of having a heartattack, is choking or is bleeding heavily. We hope that the youngsters never need to use the skills they learned, but it’s great they learned from the local expert first responders.

Midlothian Spring Meet -9th -10th April 2016

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Midlothian swimming clubs own Spring meet was held at Xcite pool in Bathgate on 9th and 10th April. Head coach Colin Barton, was thrilled with the combined swim performances of the youngsters, resulting in them picking up the top team shield in the points competition by winning 42 out of 55 possible gold medals. He was “especially proud of our younger swimmers performances.” He also praised “the more experienced swimmers who coped well following the highs of the Scottish National age group Championships the previous week.”

The two day competition is a crucial fundraising event for club funds, with entries from swimming clubs from across Scotland in attendance. The next club fundraising swim event is the Midlothian Minnows Meet held on the 21st May at Prestonpans pool .

In the 10-12 year old boys category Jamie Ferguson came second in 100 Metre breaststroke and freestyle events, 200 Metre Breaststroke, and freestyle events going for gold in the 200 metre backstroke, 200 butterfly and 100 metre butterfly, 100 backstroke events. While Fraser Burgess achieved second place with his 100 Metre Butterfly swim. The 100 Metre Individual Medley swim saw a fourth place for Calum Evans.

While it was one , two three for Lewis Thomson, Euan Edmiston, and Nick Rietvelt in theBoys 13-14yr old 100 Metre Breaststroke swim. Fraser Wilson won the 200 Metre Backstroke with Nick Rietvelt finishing in second place. Fraser also won the 400 Metre Individual Medley, 100 Metre Freestyle, backstroke, 200 Metre Freestyle and Butterfly events.  Euan Edmiston finished in second place in the 100 meter backstroke and 200 Metre Butterfly and came third in 200 meter freestyle.

While in the 100 Metre Individual Medley Adam Wood made second place with his swim.
In the Boys 15 & Over category, Iain Doyle won the 200 Metre Breaststroke,100 Metre Butterfly, 100 Metre Breaststroke coming second in the 200 Metre Backstroke, 200 Metre Freestyle and 100 Metre Freestyle and 100 Metre Backstroke events.

In the girls 10-12yr old  category, the 100 Metre Butterfly event saw Ellie Robertson win gold with Jemma Gerstenberger coming in fifth place. While it was first and second place in the 100 Metre Backstroke event with Ellie Robertson just beating Jemma Gerstenberger who also finished fourth in the 200 meter breaststroke and second in the 100 Metre Breaststroke events. Ellie Robertson also did the honours in the 200 Metre Butterfly and 100 meter freestyle events. While Ria Colbridge won the 100 Metre Individual Medley,100 and 200 Metre Breaststroke also placing in second place in the 100 and 200 Metre freestyle events, with Ellie Robertson finishing third. The 200 Metre Backstroke swim saw Ria Colbridge finishing in silver with Ellie Robertson finishing in bronze. Ria Colbridge also achieved fourth place in the Girls 400 Metre Freestyle.

In the 13-14 yr old girls category, the 100 Metre Butterfly event saw Eilidh Redpath win with Jodie Finlay in second spot and Evie Cuthbert in fifth place. The 100 Metre Individual Medley event, saw Jodie Finlay taking top spot with Sam Paterson finishing in fourth place. Eilidh Redpath dominated the competition to win the 100, 200 Metre Freestyle , and 100, 200 meter Breaststroke events and 400 Metre Individual Medley events, 200 Metre Butterfly events also winning the Girls 400 Metre Freestyle with Jodie Finlay making do with third place. It was a one, two, three in the 100 Metre Backstroke with Jodie Finlay, Sam Paterson and Ellie Brown finishing in that order. It was also a clean sweep in the 200 Metre Backstroke with Jodie Finlay, Sam Paterson, Ellie Brown and Evie Cuthbert taking the first four places. Jodie also finished in silver medal position in the 400 Metre Individual Medley and 200 Metre Butterfly and 100 meter freestyle races.

Katie Golder won 100 meter butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle events plus the 200 meter breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly events in the 15 yr old girls category with teammate Lucy Levine finishing in third place in 100 Metre Freestyle and second place with her 100 and 200 m backstroke swims.

There were a number of other great swims which due we are unable to mention, but all swimmers should be proud of their achievements which also managed to raise valuable funds around £650 for the club.

 

Swimspeak

A GUIDE TO SWIMMING TERMS

Accredited Meet

A competition with a full complement of officials and where all rules are strictly applied.

Consideration Time

A time set by the organiser that swimmers must be faster than in order to enter.

DQ(Disqualification)

The most common reasons why a swimmer is disqualified are that a swimmer has not touched the wall properly when turning or has not used the proper stroke technique.

Drill

A Drill is an exercise/practice designed to strengthen or enhance some part of a stroke.

Graded Meet

Weaker swimmers are given an opportunity to swim through graded meets. A swimmer’s entry time at a graded meet must be slower than the cut off time for the event.

Heat Declared Winner

There is no final and the winner of the event is determined by heat times alone.

Individual Medley or IM

Comprising all 4 strokes in the order – butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke & frontcrawl.

Long Course

Any competition held in a 50m pool.

Marshalling Area

The area where the swimmers congregate ahead of their race.

Over the Top Starts

This means that swimmers remain in the water until the next heat has started.

PB

An abbreviation of Personal Best, the best time a swimmer has achieved for an event. Swimmers should know their PBs for each event so that they can follow their improvements.

S.A.S.A.

Scottish Amateur Swimming Association, the governing body of swimming in Scotland.

Short Course

Any competition held in a 25m pool.

Speeding Ticket

Awarded to swimmers at graded meets who swim faster than the cut off time. These swimmers will not get a medal, so a swimmer can be awarded 1st place even though another swam faster.

Start Sheets

Issued to coaches prior to the meet starting, detailing the swimmers in each heat or final.

Swim Down

An easy swim at the end of a session or swim designed to relax the muscles, slow the heart rate and respiration and help to work off any toxins built up during the session.

Warm Up

A swim at the start of a session which is designed to warm up the muscles, raise the pulse and prepare the body for training or competition.