St Thomas go to new lengths in the pool

The young swimmers from St Thomas who have been enjoying great success in the water recently. Pictured are from back left - Hannah Coull, Elle McMillan and Luke Shepherd. Front - Mark Shepherd, George Cowan and Blythe Brown.

The young swimmers from St Thomas who have been enjoying great success in the water recently. Pictured are from back left - Hannah Coull, Elle McMillan and Luke Shepherd. Front - Mark Shepherd, George Cowan and Blythe Brown.

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Over the past few weeks, St Thomas swimmers have travelled the length and breadth of Scotland in pursuit of National times, Scottish Performance Squad (Bronze) times and personal bests.

At the first open meet, Blythe Brown, making her debut in the 400 Individual Medley (IM), placed fourth overall with much-improved technique and determined swimming.

In the 200 backstroke, Blythe again achieved the Scottish Bronze squad time, while she smashed her 100 IM personal best with a stellar effort on the final length.

The Scottish Masters Championships were the first swimming event to be held at the new Aberdeen Sports Village and St Thomas swimmers Mark and Luke Shepherd won four medals between them.

Competing in the 18-25 category, on his debut in a Masters competition, Luke won gold in the 50m freestyle in a new personal best time, bronze medal in the 100 butterfly and was placed fourth in 200 freestyle.

Mark, swimming in the 50-54 category, won two silver medals in the 100 and 200 butterfly displaying some determined racing. This was the fourth consecutive year that Mark had medalled at the Scottish Championships.

At the Midlothian ASC meet, Hannah Coull, Elle McMillan and George Cowan were on top form.

In the Saturday morning session, Hannah won her 100 IM to finish fourth overall and took six seconds off her 200 FS.

Elle won her 200 FS heat also to finish fourth overall and she set a new personal best in her 100 IM.

George set an impressive new personal best in his 200 fly to claim gold and came 4th overall in the 400 FS.

In the afternoon, Hannah, making her debut in the 400 IM, not only won her race but achieved a Bronze squad time. Hannah also won a silver medal in her 200 breaststroke and achieved another Bronze squad.

George won a silver in his 100 FS and a bronze in the 200 BK. His backstroke time was 3.6 secs faster than his converted time and he achieved another Bronze squad time.

On day two, George picked up two golds and a silver medal with some tough swimming and great racing in the morning session.

Hannah came fourth in the 100 breaststroke and won her heat in the 400 FS with a 28 second pb. Elle finished the morning off in style with a great pb in the 400 FS. Both these 400 FS were Bronze squad qualification times. In the final session on Sunday afternoon, there were more Bronze times for Hannah and Elle in the 200 BK. Both won their heats comfortably and smashed their personal bests.

The girls also set new personal bests in their 100 FS with Elle placing fifth overall. George won a bronze in the 100 BK and gold in the 200 BR. His 200 time was four seconds faster than his entry time. He was placed eighth in the Open 400 IM with a determined swim. Overall the club finished joint fifth with the three amigos George, Elle and Hannah excelling.