Local swimmers’ medal haul

Pictured at Arbroath Sport Centre on Tuesday evening are swimmers from St Thomas Club who took part in the City of Glasgow Long course Graded Meet.
Pictured at Arbroath Sport Centre on Tuesday evening are swimmers from St Thomas Club who took part in the City of Glasgow Long course Graded Meet.

LOCAL swimmers from St Thomas club competed in the City of Glasgow graded meet held at Tollcross Leisure Centre on Saturday and Sunday.

It was a fantastic opportunity for the swimmers to gain valuable long course experience and the performances of all nine athletes were extremely impressive.

Competing in the eight to 10 age group, Ashley Thomson set the tone for the weekend by comfortably winning her first swim in a new long course personal best in the 50m breaststroke.

Ashley also picked up a sixth and two fourth place ribbons and her improved technique and determination were commentated upon by the spectators.

In the 11-year-old age group, Blair Geddes, Louise Fraser, Sophie Buick and Matthew Michie represented St Thomas.

Despite being under the weather, Sophie maintained a superb stroke rate to finish second in her 50m backstroke heat and she dug in deep to finish the weekend in style by setting a new personal best in the 100m butterfly.

Blair, Louise and Matthew set many new personal best times in the process winning medals and top six ribbons.

Louise was in impressive form all weekend, matching her personal bests, most significantly in the 100m fly. She won three fifth, sixth and fourth placed ribbons and a bronze in her 50m backstroke.

Blair was also in the medals winning a gold in the 50m butterfly and two bronze medals in the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke.

Blair and Matthew both raced hard in the freestyle and individual medley events demonstrating clear improvements in technique.

Matthew, in the 50m breaststroke, took part in a closely fought contest winning a sixth place ribbon in the process.

Kirsty Thomson swimming in the 12 year-old age group, swam superbly all weekend. In her freestyle events she showed much improved technique and in all her events her reaction times were fantastic.

In the 13 and 14 age group Liam O’Brien and Hannah Milne represented St Thomas while Sarah Cummins swam for Monifieth.

Liam had a successful Saturday winning a gold, bronze and a fourth placed ribbon in his 400m freestyle and improved his time by over 12 seconds.

Hannah, despite being under the weather, won her 50m breaststroke heat coming second overall and improving slightly on her entry time. She also gained another silver medal in the 200m freestyle and won a bronze in the 200 individual medley.

Meanwhile, Sarah had an extremely hectic weekend competing in two different competitions.

At Tollcross she won gold in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, silver in the 50m backstroke and a fourth placed ribbon in the 50m freestyle.

Then on the Saturday evening, Sarah made the trip back to Arbroath to compete in the Monifieth Club championships and it was worth it as she broke the 100m backstroke record!

The first Premier League match of the year was also held on Saturday at the Olympia in Dundee.

Despite not been able to field a full team on this occasion Arbroath St Thomas athletes swam exceptionally well to bring the team to third place. 

There were many impressive swims with a number of youngsters competing in new events and / or distances for the first time. 

Also on Saturday, swimmers in the District Squad were training at the National Swimming Academy at Stirling University.

Swimmers new to the squad are Nathan Watt, Sophie Buick, Erin Cranston and Luke Shepherd.