Success for Midlothian youngsters in the pool

Midlothian's 200 metre freestyle relay team consisting of Freddie Parker, Mia Ponton, Colin Doyle and Jessica Thomson
Midlothian's 200 metre freestyle relay team consisting of Freddie Parker, Mia Ponton, Colin Doyle and Jessica Thomson

Around 20 local youngsters from Midlothian Swimming Club were in action recently at the Livingston and district dolphin swim gala, held on January 17 at West Lothian Xcite pool in Whitburn.

There was success for Midlothian Swimming Club with a bronze medal for the mixed 10-11 year old, 200 metre freestyle relay team.

The younger age group freestyle relay team made up of Jack Sewell, Rowan Bell, Jonah Turnbull and Isla Stokes finished in fourth place in the 100 metre event, just losing out on a bronze medal.

In the girls eight year category Rowan Bell achieved eighth place with her 25 metre butterfly swim, whilst Jack Sewell finished in second place in the boys 25 metre backstroke event and sixth in the 25 metre butterfly.

Isla Stokes finished in third place in the girls nine year olds 25 metre butterfly event and ninth in the 50 metre breaststroke event. Jonah Turnbull finished first in his 25 metre butterfly swim and fourth in the 50 metre freestyle event achieving tenth position in the 50 metre breaststroke.

In the 10 year old category, Freddie Parker finished in sixth place for the 25 metre butterfly and fourth for the 50 metre backstroke event, also winning the 50 metre freestyle outright. Mia Ponton finished in eighth place for her 25 metre butterfly and 50 metre backstroke swims.

In the eleven year old category, Jessica Thomson achieved seventh place with her 50 metre butterfly with Colin Doyle finishing in seventh place for the boys, with teammates William Sander and Muir Simpson finishing in ninth and tenth place. In the 50 metre freestyle event, Colin Doyle finished in seventh place with Daniel Couper in eighth place and Muir Simpson finishing in ninth position.

In the 50 metre breaststroke event Colin Doyle finishing in third place, with Daniel Couper finishing in a credible tenth spot, while Jessica Thomson finished in ninth position for the girls. Leo Marshall achieved sixth place in the boys, 50 metre backstroke with William Sander, Colin Doyle and Daniel Couper coming in eighth, ninth and tenth position.

Development coach, Lesley Inglis was, “delighted with the swim performances” saying the youngsters “had more than exceeded her expectations with their performances.”