Midlothian swimmers in end of year action

Midlothian swimmers  (left to right): Fraser Wilson, Eilidh Redpath, Katie Golder and Beth McFarlane
Midlothian swimmers (left to right): Fraser Wilson, Eilidh Redpath, Katie Golder and Beth McFarlane

In the final competition of 2015, four Midlothian swimmers performed to the very best of their abilities.

They were competing in the prestigious Scottish National Short Course Championships, held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool between 11th and 13th of December.

The event saw Scottish swim records tumble from the likes of Robbie Renwick, Stephen Milne, and Camilla Hattersley. Day two saw Commonwealth games swimmers, Ross Murdoch beating Michael Jamieson in a thrilling 100 meter breaststroke final. It’s a major achievement for the club’s youngsters to qualify to swim at this event, however the swimmers were undaunted by the occasion and pulled out all the stops for their performances.

Penicuik youngster, Fraser Wilson was competing in both the 50 and 100 meter backstroke events where he achieved a personal best time for his 50 meter swim with a time of 29:56. Eilidh Redpath achieved personal best times in her 200 and 400 individual medley, 400 and 800 meter freestyle swims and also in her 50 meter butterfly and breaststroke, events. Whilst Katie Golder, won her heat in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:25.50 but sadly didn’t reach the final. Although contented enough with personal best times in 100 meter individual medley, and 100 meter backstroke swims. She also finished in joint fourth place in her heat for 50 meter backstroke.

Beth McFarlane swam a personal best time in 100 meter breaststroke heat, before repeating this with her 50 meter breaststroke swim. She then went on to finish in 13th place for her 200 meter breaststroke swim and in so doing qualified for the B final, where she came fourth place or 12th place overall with a time of 2.38.06

Head coach Colin Barton stated “These swimmers have maintained high standards over the past six months and it’s hugely impressive that they continued to improve their performances, so late into the season.”