At the weekend St Thomas swimmers Kirsten Duncan, Skye Redford, Sophie Smith, Ross Geddes and Nathan Watt travelled to Tollcross International Swim Centre.
They were taking part in the Scottish National Open Championships and Commonwealth Games trials.
With Commonwealth, World Championship and Olympic medallists, including Michael Jamieson, Robbie Renwick, Hannah Miley and Caitlin McClatchey, competing this was an excellent meet for the St Thomas team to hone their competitive skills.
Skye Redford, competing in the 400m freestyle, swam an excellent race with much improved pacing and splits. Her time of 4.57.86 was the first time Skye had broken the five-minute barrier for the 400 freestyle and was a four second improvement on her personal best time.
Kirsten Duncan, who competed in the 200m breaststroke, was also on great form. This was only the fourth time Kirsten had raced this event in a 50m long course pool, but her increasing experience and improved racing skills helped her to a strong third place heat finish and to a new personal best time of 2.58.74.
Sophie Smith competing at Tollcross for the first time swam in the 100, 400, 800 and 1,500 freestyle.
On Friday, Sophie kicked things off with the 800 freestyle.
Competing in an outside lane Sophie swam a fantastic race with excellent pacing and much improved turns. She was placed 19th overall in a time of 9.26.32 which represented a six-second improvement on her personal best and also a 12-year-old girls’ national record.
On Saturday Sophie competed in the 400 and 100m freestyle. She got off to a tremendous start in her 100 freestyle breaking the 30 second barrier for the first time in that race and another personal best followed in the 400 freestyle.
Her last event, the 1,500 freestyle, took place on the Sunday evening as part of the finals session which meant that Sophie had the opportunity to swim against those looking for a Commonwealth games spot.
Sophie rose to the occasion with a stellar performance to break another Scottish 12-year-old girls’ national record in a time of 18.10.87 which was four seconds inside the previous record.
She was also placed 11th overall.
Nathan Watt, returning to competition following injury, competed in the 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle and 50 backstroke.
Nathan swam just outside his personal best times but was encouraged by the strength of the second half of his butterfly swim and final 50 of his 200 freestyle.
Ross Geddes set a personal best in his 50m freestyle with an excellent reaction time and starting technique. Ross also demonstrated great underwater skills and turning technique to record his second fastest time ever for his 100m butterfly.