LAST week 10 St Thomas swimmers travelled to the Scottish National Age Group Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.
Competing in the 10-12 girls’ age group Ally Morrison won a bronze in the 100 FS and silver in the 800 freestyle (FS), while Sophie Smith set a new District record in the 400 FS finishing sixth overall. She was placed fifth in the 200 FS setting a personal best time.
Also swimming in the 10-12 girls, Ashley Thomson set new long course personal bests with an extremely impressive 200 backstroke.
Blair Geddes swimming in his first National competition was on excellent form all week smashing personal best times in his races; in the 100 FS Blair won his heat in a close four way fight.
In the 14 years age group Blair Fotheringham produced some fantastic performances setting several new personal best times. In the 200 FS Blair was placed 10th just outside the finals while his backstroke, butterfly and individual medley swims were swum with determination and improved technique.
Katie Phillips, competing in the 15-16 girls, set long course personal bests in all her swims. In the 200 IM and backstroke races, Katie led from start to finish and was placed inside the top 15 swimmers within her age group.
In the 16-17 boys’ category Taylor Young, Nathan Watt and Luke Shepherd represented St Thomas. Luke swam close to his personal bests in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke races, Taylor set personal bests in his 400 IM and 100 breaststroke while Nathan set several new long course personal bests. In the 200m butterfly Nathan made the final finishing seventh overall.
This weekend another set of St Thomas swimmers travelled to the FIRST Annual Open meet at the Carnegie Leisure Centre in Dunfermline.
In the girls’ 8-11 age group Elle McMillan and Blythe Brown demonstrated improved technique, Hannah Coull won a bronze medal in the breaststroke while Sophie Smith dominated her age group winning a medal in every event and smashing several personal bests.
In the equivalent boys’ age group Cameron Craig achieved times for Scottish Swimming’s Bronze performance squad while Ben Morrison, George Cowan and Robert Allan picked up medals in most of their events.
All boys swam superbly in their 400 individual medley (IM) race improving their times between 10 to 20 seconds.
Ben showed improved butterfly and backstroke technique resulting in two silver medals, Robert produced a gutsy swim in his first ever 200 fly securing a bronze medal and George smashed his 400 FS time by around 15 seconds- George picked up medals in all his events.
In the 12 year old age group Joshua Mitchell improved his 50m butterfly time by 2 seconds. Kirsten Duncan picked up three medals with two coming from her 100 and 200 breaststroke races. She also swam with determination in the 400 IM despite her googles falling off halfway through the race.
In the 16-17 girls’ age group Sarah Cummins set a new personal best in the 200 freestyle securing a silver medal. Sarah also picked up a gold in the 100 backstroke and bronze in the 400 IM.
Over the weekend there were also four relay events. All the girls swimming during the weekend took part in the relays finishing respectably within the top six on each occasion. The boys’ 11-year-old team stole the show, however, setting four new District records and receiving a standing ovation in the process as they competed against 16 and 17 year olds.