Midlothian swimmers make a real splash

Midlothian swimmers at  the Scottish national age group championships at Tollcross Glasgow
Midlothian swimmers at the Scottish national age group championships at Tollcross Glasgow

Twelve Midlothian youngsters can be proud of their sporting achievements this week after they competed at Scottish National Age groups Championships at Tollcross in Glasgow.

This event is the premier national swimming competition for young swimmers and was held over five days from March 30 until April 3.

This event attracts the very best swim talent from within Scotland and beyond so qualifying just to swim at this event is a huge achievement. Swim stars such as Ross Murdoch, Hannah Miley, and Robbie Renwick were competing at this event ahead of the all important Olympic trials which will be held at Tollcross on April 12.

Midlothian’s Fraser Wilson became 14 year old boys Scottish Champion in five events winning gold medals in 50 and 100 metre backstroke events, 50 metre freestyle, 50 and 200 metre butterfly events and winning a silver in 100 metre butterfly. He also competed in the 100 and 200 metre freestyle events where he came ninth and tenth.

In the girls events Midlothian swimmer Eilidh Redpath won gold medals for her 400 individual medley swim and 50 metre butterfly in 14 year old girls events to become Scottish Champion. Achieving silver medals for her 200 individual medley, 50 and 100 metre freestyle, 100 metre butterfly swims. Also winning bronze in 100 and 200 metre breaststroke events and 200 backstroke, finishing in fourth 200 metre freestyle and fifth place in 50 metre breaststroke events.

Katie Golder came so close to the medal podium, making finals in all her swims in 16 year old girls category. In the 400 individual medley she finished in fourth place, also finishing in fourth place in 50 and 200 metre backstroke events. Achieving sixth placing in the 100 metre backstroke, and ninth in the 200 individual medley event.

Matt Rietvelt finished in tenth position in the 200 butterfly, 12th place with his 50 butterfly, and 13th place in the 100 butterfly 16 year old boys heats.

Ria Colbridge came in 12th place with her 200 breaststroke heat swim but also qualified and swam well in the 200 individual medley, 100 metre freestyle, 400 metre freestyle, 100 metre butterfly, 50 and 100 metre breaststroke events in the 11-13 year old category

Beth Macfarlane achieved 12th places with both her 50 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke heat swims and undaunted by swimming in the final in the company of Hannah Miley, she finished in eighth place.

Jamie Ferguson swam well in his 50 metre butterfly heat, and finished in eleventh place in his 100 metre backstroke just missing a place in the final. In the 200 metre backstroke event he finished in eighth place in the finals before performing well with both his 50, 100 and 200 metre freestyle, 200 individual medley,100 metre breaststroke and 50 metre backstroke swims.

Jodie Finlay competed well in her heats in the 200 metre backstroke, 100 metre breaststroke and 50 meter butterfly swims but achieved a ninth place in the final of 100 metre butterfly.

Evie Cuthbert finished in 24th place with her 100 metre butterfly swim for 14 year old girls and as part of the 400 medley relay team with Eilidh Redpath Jodie Finlay and Katie Golder they finished in 12th spot. Jemma Gerstenberger also swam in 100 metre breaststroke heat where she achieved 28th place.

Lewis Thomson swam the 200 metre freestyle, 400 freestyle making finals of 50 and 100 metre breaststroke events where he finished in eighth position and ninth in 200 metre breaststroke. Competing well in 200 free and 200 individual medley events and finishing in 11th place in the 800 metre freestyle event.

Ellie Robertson swam well in her 50 and 100 metre butterfly heats as well as 50 and 100 meter freestyle heats.

Head coach Colin Barton was: “extremely pleased with all the swimmers performances during the week. They reaped the rewards for all their hard work in the lead up to these championships.” Despite being a small team their performances placed them in 13th position in the team points competition.