The annual Edinburgh & Midlothian Schools swimming gala took place recently at Ainslie Park Leisure Centre .
This competition attracts youngsters from all over the Edinburgh and Lothians, swimming to represent not their usual swimming clubs, but their individual schools.
A total of seven Midlothian schools including; Beeslack, Dalkeith, Lasswade, Penicuik High schoosl and Bonnyrigg, Paradykes and Lasswade Primary schools were all represented by Midlothian Swimming Club swimmers. Three youngsters won their specific events to become Edinburgh & Midlothian School champions. The top swimmers from across Scotland are then invited to compete again at the Brodies Schools Swimming Championship finals to see who are the overall Scottish schools champion swimmers. This event will be held at Tollcross pool Glasgow on January 30. This venue held the aquatics events at the Commonwealth Games and provides the youngsters with a great opportunity to perform to the best of their ability.
Club President Denise Golder, “was delighted to see so many of the clubs swimmers proudly representing their schools,” adding “it’s a chance for the schools to learn just how talented their pupils are out with the classroom.”
Representing Lasswade High school was Matt Rietwelt, who won the boys 14-15 year old 100 metre freestyle event, and finished in fourth position in the 200 metre individual medley.
Eilidh Redpath, a Dalkeith resident won the girls 12-13 year old 100 and 200 metre freestyle events representing Heriots.
Penicuik High’s, Fraser Wilson won the Boys 12-13 year old 100 Metre Backstroke and 200 Metre Backstroke events. Whilst schoolmate, Evie Cuthbert was also on the winning podium to receive a bronze medal for her 100 metre butterfly swim, also finishing in seventh place in the 200 metre individual medley event.
Beeslack Community High school was represented Beth McFarlane, who finished second in the 100 metre and third in the 200 metre Breaststroke events. Jemma Gerstenberger also finished in sixth place with her girls 12-13 100 metre Breaststroke swim as well as eleventh place with her 200 metre individual medley event.
Jodie Finlay from Dalkeith High School finished in second place with her 200 metre backstroke and in fifth place in the her 100 metre breastroke event.
Fraser Burgess from Bonnyrigg Primary school, came in third position with his 50 metre butterfly swim and fourth place in his 50 metre freestyle.
Lasswade High school swimmers were again on top form with Lewis Thomson coming in second place in the 200 metre Breaststroke event and third in the 100 metre event. Whilst Katie Golder was second in the Girls 14-15 year old 200 metre backstroke event and third in 100 metre. Jamie Ferguson, also won a silver medal for his 200 metre backstroke swim and bronze for his 100 meter swim.
The relay events are always closely fought affairs, with Lasswade High School again featuring with a team including Lewis Thomson, Jamie Golder, Kyle Muirhead and Jamie Ferguson who showed real grit and determination in the boys 12-13year old 4x50 meter freestyle relay, finishing in sixth place. Whilst the girls team finished in fourth place, featuring Olivia Muirhead, Izzy Drysdale, Ria Colbridge and Ellie Robertson just missed out on a bronze medal.
Midlothian Swimming Club’s head coach Colin Barton, proudly said :“ The youngsters performances are the best advertisement we can have for our club.”