THE MIDLAND District Distance Meet took place in the Olympia, Dundee, at the weekend. Arbroath St Thomas swimmers swam well picking up a host of medals and personal best times.
Ally Morrison, competing in the girls’ 10 to 11 years age group, won the 400m individual medley. She also won a gold medal in the girls’ 800m, 400m and 200m freestyle. Ally went on to win a bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke.
Ashley Thomson competing in the same age group won silver in the 400m individual medley. Louise Fraser, also in the 10 to 11 age group, won a gold medal in the 200m backstroke, with team-mates Eden Main and Kali Bell gaining personal best times.
Eden, Ashley and Kali all swam personal best times in the 200m breaststroke, while in the 800m Ashley, Eden and Louise made personal best times with Ashley winning the bronze medal, Ashley also won bronze in the 200m freestyle with Louise winning fifth and Eden once again gaining a PB time.
In the 1500m Ally won gold, Ashley bronze with Louise fourth and Eden fifth. In the 200m individual medley Ashley and Eden again made PB times with Ally winning a silver medal.
Matthew Michie and Brandon Runge both competed in the boys’ 10/11 years 200 backstroke, with Matthew winning a bronze medal and Brandon making a personal best time. Matthew finished just outside the medals in the 400m front crawl where he also recorded a new personal best time. Brandon finished sixth in the same event also in a new personal best time.
Matthew won a silver medal in the 200m individual medley and 200m freestyle and a gold in the 200m breaststroke.
Sophie Buick, in the girls’ 12 years age group, made personal best times in all her events and made a number of Scottish Swimming bronze squad qualification times. Kirsty Thomson won a bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke event.
In the 12 years 400m freestyle Sophie won fourth place. Heather Ingram back in competition after many injuries swam close to her personal best times in the girls’ 13 to 14 years age group.
Ross Geddes, in the boys 13 to 14 years age group, won a bronze medal in the 400m individual medley, closely followed by team mate Taylor Young in fourth place. Ross went on to win a silver medal in the boys’ 400m front crawl, 200 butterfly and 200m individual medley.
Taylor was placed fourth in the 200m individual medley. In the 1500m freestyle Taylor won the gold medal and Ross the silver.
Ross and Taylor were once again in the medals in the 200 front crawl, Ross with gold and Taylor bronze. In the 800m freestyle Taylor won a silver medal and Ross took fourth place. Ross was also placed fourth in the 200m breaststroke. Ethan Bell swam a close race in the boys’ 13 to 14 backstroke to finish just outside the medals in fourth place.
Sarah Cummins won a bronze medal in the girls’ 15 to 16 years backstroke and silver in the 200m breaststroke. Competing in her first 800m she took fourth place while in her first 1,500m she won the gold medal. She also won fourth in the 400m freestyle and a silver medal in the 200m freestyle.
Luke Shepherd, competing in the boys’ 15 to 16 years age group, won silver medals in the 400m individual medley, the 200m backstroke and the 800 freestyle. In the 200m backstroke he was followed into the finish by Nathan Watt taking bronze and Dan Baty who was placed fifth.
Luke and Nathan won silver and bronze once more in the 400m freestyle event with Liam O’Brien making a personal best time in this event. Liam won fourth place in the 800m freestyle.
In the 200m individual medley all the boys were racing each other. This time Dan picked up a bronze medal with Luke fifth, Nathan sixth and Liam eighth. In the 200m front crawl Dan won a silver medal and Luke bronze. Nathan was fourth and Liam seventh. Dan also won a silver medal in the 200m breaststroke and Luke won bronze in the 1500m freestyle.
Erin Goldstraw, swimming in the S12 visually impaired, won a double gold, not only being victorious in the girls’ multi-disability 400m freestyle, but also the 17 and over girls’ event.