Scottish Schools Championships

This year’s Scottish Schools Championships were held at the Dollan Aqua Centre in East Kilbride on 28th January 2012. As this pool is considerably smaller than Tollcross, where the championships are normally held, the number of swimmers was much reduced this year. For this reason, the five Midlothian swimmers who did qualify, had to swim extremely well in the heats. Ross Muego, Beth McFarlane, Beth Denholm, Kimberley MacKay and Andrew Denholm all reached the finals after producing excellent heat swims. Unfortunately Beth Denholm missed the finals due to illness but the other 4 acquitted themseves really well.

Andrew came in for his swim in the 50m breaststroke from a reserve position but was not daunted and swam a really good race.

Beth MacFarlane recovered from a poor start in the 200m breaststroke to produce a storming finish overtaking several swimmers in the final 25m. She swam even better in the 100m event where despite being a year younger than most of the other swimmers, she finished a creditable 9th.

Ross performed really well in the 100m breaststroke taking into account that this was by far the highest level he has competed at to date.

Kimberley MacKay, also produced a storming finish in the 200m freestyle to claim the silver medal in the closest swim of the day with only 0.3 seconds separating the first 3. In her other event, the 100m freestyle, she finished 4th in another close finish.

All in all, this was excellent experience for our swimmers which will serve them well in the future.

Carnegie Graded Meet

A small team of Midlothian swimmers travelled to the newly refurbished Carnegie Leisure centre in Dunfermline on the 21st/22nd January 2012. As this was very early in the season it was going to be interesting to see how they Read more of this post

Portobello Mad March Meet

This year’s mad march meet was held rather bizarrely on the 2nd & 3rd April at Prestonpans. The club was represented by swimmers from all 4 competitive squads throughout the 2 days and all performed extremely well.

In the very first event, 25m breaststroke for 8 year old boy, Lewis Thomson narrowly missed out on a medal when he finished 4th. Read more of this post

East District Age Group Championships

East District Age Group Championships

Finals Weekend

 The finals of the 100m events from this year’s East District Age Group Championships were held at Glenrothes on 19th/20th March 2011.

 Due to illness Midlothian had a small team competing, however those who did, performed extremely well. First to swim were Kimberley MacKay and Beth Denholm in the 12/13 years 100m freestyle. Both girls reduced their personal best times significantly and despite being younger than most of the other girls, Kimberley reached the final where she finished 6th reducing her time further in the process.

In the youngest age group, Read more of this post

Glenrothes Spring Meet

Glenrothes Spring Meet

A team of 35 swimmers from all squads travelled to Glenrothes on 19th March 2011 to compete in this event.

All performed extremely well and recorded 82 personal best swims. In the process swimmers from Midlothian claimed 5 gold, 11 silver, 9 bronze, 5 fourth place, 8 fifth place and 13 sixth place medals.

The girl’s team claimed top spot and the boys finished second in the club competition.

The major medal winners were: Read more of this post

East District Age Group Championships postponed

The second round of the East District Age Group Championships due to be held this weekend (4th & 5th December) has been postponed due to the continin poor weather. The organising committee are looking at alternative dates.

Lothian Region Graded Meet


This meet was held at Prestonpans on 13th November and a team of 24 swimmers represented the club.

 Hebe Ramsay got us off to a great start in the first event, the 100m IM claiming the Gold medal after a great personal best swim. Lauren Sutherland and Andrew Denholm also recorded personal bests in this event.

Prentice Robertson then matched Hebe’s success with Gold and a personal best in the 100m Breaststroke in the older boys age group.

There were personal best swims from Read more of this post