Fine few days for St Thomas

St Thomas swimmers who won medals at two meets over the weekend. They are, from left, back - Sophie Smith, Blair Fotheringham and Hannah Coull: front - Blythe Brown, Cameron Craig and Ella McDade.
St Thomas swimmers who won medals at two meets over the weekend. They are, from left, back - Sophie Smith, Blair Fotheringham and Hannah Coull: front - Blythe Brown, Cameron Craig and Ella McDade.

Another busy weekend for St Thomas swimmers started on Friday with some fantastic swims at the Scottish Schools’ Championships.

Representing the Tayside team in this national event were St Thomas swimmers Cameron Craig, Hannah Coull, George Cowan, Ashley Thomson, Sophie Smith, Katie Phillips, Kirsten Duncan and Blair Fotheringham.

Both Cameron and Hannah just missed out on a finalist spot finishing seventh in their respective swims, Kirsten was ninth in the 200 breaststroke and George swam just outside his personal best to finish the third quickest 13-year-old in the 200 freestyle.

Both Ashley and Blair improved upon their personal bests set last week at the Midland District Championships while Sophie won a silver and bronze medal in the 200 and 100 freestyle respectively. Her 200 Freestyle time of 2.12.56 is a British Championship time.

Katie won a brilliant gold medal in her 100 butterfly and secured a bronze in her 200 individual medley.

The excellent swimming continued on Sunday when a team of 10 swimmers represented St Thomas at the DCA Mini Meet held at the new Olympia Leisure Centre.

Ross Duncan kicked things off for St Thomas by coming 6th in the boys’ 11 years 200 individual medley. In the same event Cameron Craig won silver in a new personal best time of 2.56.02.

Carla Brown and Natasha Phillips were up next in the 8-9 girls’ 50 backstroke. Carla swam an excellent race coming fourth in her heat and setting a new personal best time, while Natasha finished third in her heat, also in a new personal best time, to be placed eighth overall.

Harris Harley, in the 8-9 boys’ backstroke, demonstrated excellent racing skills to win his heat in a new personal best time.

As the morning session continued so did the excellent swimming. Blythe Brown finished seventh in the 10-year-old girls’ 50 breaststroke, while Elle McMillan finished fourth in the 11-year-old girls’ 50 butterfly smashing her personal best time.

The exciting racing continued with a personal best for Ross Duncan in the 50 butterfly and a silver medal for Cameron Craig in the same event.

In the 8-9 years’ 50 freestyle, Harris Harley and Ella McDade showed much improved technique in their races, while Natasha Phillips was placed eighth overall in a new personal best time of 40.94.

Up next was the 10-year-old 50m backstroke in which Blythe Brown finished sixth overall and Lewis Runge came third in his heat.

The individual races finished with the 50 breaststroke for 11 year olds in which Ross Duncan, Cameron Craig and Elle McMillan all set personal best times. Ross finished third in his heat, Cameron finished fourth in the final improving on his heat time by nearly a second and Elle demonstrated much improved technique to win the bronze.

The session finished with the 4x50 girls Freestyle relay team where the excellent work of Blythe, Natasha, Ella and Elle resulted in a heat victory and a sixth place overall.

In the afternoon Blythe Brown and Elle McMillan won a bronze and gold, respectively, in the 200 IM. Elle’s time was an impressive four second personal best. Carla Brown and Ella McDade made their debuts in the 50 butterfly and both girls swam faster than their entry times.

Natasha Phillips smashed her personal best to win her heat and come 4th overall. Lewis Runge and Blythe Brown swam with much improved technique and starting skills in their 50 freestyle races with Blythe coming fifth in the final.

In the 11-year-old section, Ross Duncan was just outside his entry time in the backstroke and freestyle events while in the backstroke Cameron and Elle both won silver medals in new personal best times.

The silver medal success continued as Natasha Phillips dug deep to come home second in her 50 breaststroke as once again did Cameron in his freestyle race. Both Cameron, Natasha and Elle swam faster in their final with Elle adding a bronze to her medal tally in the final individual race of the day.

The brilliant performances from this team of 10 swimmers secured St Thomas third position in the Best Club category.