Swimming: Midlothian swimmers success at schools event

Midlothian Swimming Club's Eilidh Redpath and Fraser Wilson
Midlothian Swimming Club's Eilidh Redpath and Fraser Wilson

A group of 12 Midlothian swimmers qualified to represent their schools at the National finals held at Tollcross, Glasgow on 30th January 2016.

Fraser Wilson representing Penicuik High school dominated his two events comfortably winning the 100m and 200m backstroke to become Scottish schools champion over these two distances.

Evie Cuthbert also had a very impressive swim in the 100m butterfly, elevating her to tenth place also representing Penicuik high school.

Midlothian resident, Eilidh Redpath narrowly missed out on a medal in finishing 4th the 100m freestyle but won a silver medal in the 200m event representing Heriots.

Fraser Burgess swimming for Bonnyrigg Primary School swam well to reach the final of the 50m butterfly in the youngest age group, where he finished in eighth position overall. Also in this age group, Calum Evans swam well in the 50m butterfly event to represent Paradykes Primary School.

Representing Lasswade High school was Katie Golder, who came close to the medal podium in the 100m backstroke event. She finished in fifth position overall in a very tight race. Also swimming was Jamie Ferguson who was well placed in both the 100m and 200m backstroke despite being younger than the majority of boys who had qualified. Lewis Thomson and Ria Colbridge were also up against older swimmers but competed well in their respective breaststroke events.

Dalkeith High School was represented by Jodie Finlay, who produced good personal bests in the 200m backstroke and 100m breaststroke.

Beth McFarlane from Beeslack High School and Matt Rietvelt from Lasswade High school qualified to swim at this event, but were unfortunately unable to compete on the day.

Head coach, Colin Barton, was delighted with the youngsters performances, stating despite “coming hard on the heels of a demanding competition the previous weekend, the swimmers did well to maintain and in some cases improve on their performances.”