Midlothian swimmers up and down the country

Midlothian Swimming Club youngsters
Midlothian Swimming Club youngsters

Midlothian swimming club youngsters were at opposite ends of the country recently.

Seventeen swimmers headed north to compete at the annual two day Blue Fins meet, which was held at Forres Swimming Pool, whilst a smaller contingent were competing at the Edinburgh International swim meet 2016 at the Commonwealth pool.

At Forres, Euan Edmiston achieved silver medal swims for his 100 metre breaststroke, 100 metre individual medley, 100 metre butterfly, 100 metre freestyle, 100 metre backstroke swims in the boys thirteen year old category. Whilst in the thirteen year old girls category, Jodie Finlay won gold medals for her 100 metre breaststroke, 100 metre individual medley, 100 metre butterfly, 100 metre freestyle, 100 metre backstroke swims. Ellie Brown winning silver for her 100 metre freestyle performance.

In the fourteen year old, girls category, Sam Paterson won gold medals for her 100 metre individual medley, 100 metre butterfly and 100 metre backstroke swims. Also winning silver in the 100 metre breaststroke and bronze in the 100 metre freestyle. Izzy Drysdale finished with a bronze medal in the 100 metre breaststroke and 100 metre backstroke events, going one better with her 100 metre freestyle swim.

In the twelve year old boys category, Jamie Golder won a bronze medal for his 100 metre backstroke swim whilst Jemma Gerstenberger won gold for her 100 metre breaststroke and silver in the 100 metre individual medley for the girls.

Youngster, Abigail Porteous won a gold medal for her 50 metre breaststroke and bronze medal with her 100 metre individual medley swims in the eight to ten year old girls category.

Head coach Colin Barton said “Our young team, with a sprinkling of more experienced swimmers, coped well with the programme of events, achieving countless personal best times. I was also delighted with a joint silver medal for the girls thirteen years relay team, meaning a third place for the team points competition overall.

“At the Edinburgh International competition our swimmers competed strongly against opposition from throughout Britain and Europe. This three day meet will hopefully prove to be a good rehearsal for the upcoming Scottish National Championships.”

Eilidh Redpath in the girls 14 years and under category, won bronze for her 50 metre butterfly event, coming in fourth place with her 50 and 100 metre breaststroke events. Also achieving fifth place in the 200 metre individual medley, 100 metre freestyle and 200 metre freestyle events. Whilst Katie Golder swam in the girls 15-16 year old category achieving eighth place in the 50 metre backstroke and fifth place in 100 metre backstroke final.