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St Thomas swimmers who took part in the Midland District November meet held at the Olympia Centre, Dundee, over the weekend. They were pictured in the Arbroath Sports Centre on Tuesday. See a full report of the weekend's events below.
St Thomas swimmers who took part in the Midland District November meet held at the Olympia Centre, Dundee, over the weekend. They were pictured in the Arbroath Sports Centre on Tuesday. See a full report of the weekend's events below.

The Triples first round ties took place week commencing October 21 and the resulting second round ties are as follows:

Arbroath A v Abbey H; Abbey G v RBL D; RBL C v RBL F; Friockheim v Arbroath Z; Newgate G v Abbey D; Newgate F v Abbey C; Abbey F v Abbey E; Newgate E v Newgate C

First named teams have home advantage and games to be played during week commencing December 9

Results for week commencing October 28

League A- Newgate E beat Arbroath Z; Abbey F beat RBL D; Abbey G beat Abbey B; Abbey E beat Arbroath A; Newgate D beat Newgate B.

League B - Abbey C beat RBL HH; RBL F beat Newgate R; Arbroath E beat Abbey H; Friockheim beat RBL C; Newgate F beat Abbey A.

League C - Lochlands 2 beat MBB; Letham beat Newgate G; Abbey D beat Arbroath C; Lochlands 1 beat Lochlands 3; Newgate C, no game.

League A

P W D L Pts

Abbey E 4 4 0 0 8

Abbey G 4 4 0 0 8

Abbey F 4 3 0 1 6

Newgate D 4 2 1 1 5

Arbroath Z 4 2 0 2 4

Newgate E 4 2 0 2 4

Abbey B 4 1 0 3 2

Newgate B 4 1 0 3 2

RBL D 4 0 1 3 1

Arbroath A 4 0 0 4 0

League B

P W D L Pts

Arbroath E 4 3 1 0 7

Newgate F 4 3 0 1 6

Abbey C 4 3 0 1 6

Abbey H 4 2 0 2 4

RBL F 4 2 0 2 4

RBL HH 4 2 0 2 4

Friockheim 4 1 1 2 3

RBL C 4 1 1 2 3

Abbey A 4 1 0 3 2

Newgate R 4 0 1 3 1

League C

P W D L Pts

Newgate C 3 3 0 0 6

Lochlands 1 3 3 0 0 6

Lochlands 2 3 3 0 0 6

Abbey D 3 2 0 1 4

Arbroath C 4 2 0 2 4

Letham 4 1 1 2 3

Newgate G 4 1 0 3 2

Lochlands 3 4 0 1 3 1

MBB 4 0 0 4 0

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St Thomas members on form

It was another busy weekend for St Thomas swimmers as they made the trip through to the new Olympia to compete in the Midland District Graded and Distance Championships.

On Friday evening Hannah Coull started things off with a bang smashing her 200 breaststroke personal best by four seconds. Hannah was then awarded a ‘too fast’ certificate which gives her the chance to enter the championship event in March.

Also competing in the 200 breaststroke, Ben Morrison demonstrated much improved technique particularly on his underwater transition phase and kick.

In the championship events Ally Morrison won gold in the 13 year old 400 Individual Medley (IM), while teammate Ashley Thomson took bronze in the same age group. Ally’s time was a massive 14 second improvement from her entry time and Ashley took a superb 10 seconds from her personal best. In the 12 year old girls. Sophie Smith was also on excellent form taking silver with a 13 second improvement.

Kirsten Duncan, swimming in the 15-16 age group, took six seconds off her personal best securing a silver medal and Sarah Cummins dug deep to win gold in the 17 and over age group.

In the boys’ 400 IM the excellent results continued as George Cowan won gold in the 10-12 year olds with a 13-second improvement and a bronze for Taylor Young in the 15-16 age group.

Blair Geddes swam with improved technique in his 400 IM with improved kicking on his butterfly and backstroke.

The Friday evening session finished as it started with Hannah Coull representing St Thomas with distinction by winning bronze and Joshua Mitchell winning gold in the 100 IM.

Session two on Saturday morning began with the 100 breaststroke. Robert Allan, Cameron Craig, Sophie Smith and Hannah Coull all set new personal bests with Robert winning silver whilst Cameron, Sophie and Hannah were awarded ‘too fast’ certificates.

All four swimmers raced well with strong finishes and turns. In the 400 freestyle, George Cowan grabbed another gold in a time of 4.48.72 which was a 15-second improvement, Ben Morrison was placed fourth and Robert Allan sixth.

Both Ben and Robert raced hard maintaining an improved stroke rate. Blair Geddes came fifth in the 14-year-old age group taking eight seconds off his personal best and Blair Fotheringham was also fifth in the 15-16 age group in a new personal best time.

Taylor Young and Ross Geddes swam just outside their personal bests but worked hard to maintain their pace in a competitive age group. Nathan Watt was the fastest of the 17 year olds coming fourth in the 17 and over age group.

After the 400 freestyle championship event for boys came the 800 freestyle championship event for girls. Sophie Smith won gold, improved her personal best by 16 seconds and broke the district record in the 12 year old age group.

In the 13 years, Ashley Thomson led her heat from start to finish and took a massive 24 seconds from her personal best to win bronze. The medals and personal bests continued as Ally Morrison won silver and set a new short course personal best time.

Skye Redford, swimming in the 14-year-old age group, reaped the reward for her hard training winning gold with a 33-second improvement. Katie Phillips and Kirsten Duncan swimming in the 15-16 age group dug deep in their respective swims. Kirsten was on her personal best time and worked well into and out of her turns and was placed fifth overall.

Katie, swimming this event for the first time in a couple of years, smashed her existing personal best by over a minute to secure not only the championship title but also the junior and open gold medals as well as the William Henderson District 800 female trophy to boot!

Session two came to a close with another gold for Joshua Mitchell, this time in the 200 backstroke which he swam with improved turns and a ‘too fast’ time for Elle McMillan in a new personal best.

Session three (Saturday afternoon) again started with Hannah Coull hitting the water first this time in the 100 backstroke. Hannah broke another personal best coming fifth overall in her age group. Hannah again demonstrated much improved technique and racing skills.

Robert Allan improved his time by five seconds winning his second ‘too fast’ certificate. Sophie Smith broke another district record in the 400 freestyle in the 12-year-old age group. Her gold winning time of 4.34.60 was another personal best.

Not to be outdone Ashley Thomson and Skye Redford both won silver medals. Ashley broke the five minute barrier for the first time and Skye made a five-second improvement.

Kirsten Duncan also set a new personal best in her 400 FS with a two-second improvement. Heather Ingram, ranked third for triathlons in Scotland in her age group, swam just outside her best but put in a gutsy display.

Katie Phillips put in another fantastic performance taking eight seconds off her personal best and again winning gold in her age group. Katie’s rich vein of form and sheer determination also secured her the Junior and Open District champion titles as well as was another district trophy for her excellent swimming.

After some thrilling 400 races Blair Fotheringham took to the pool and smashed his existing 100 breaststroke time. His time of 1.19.65 secured him a ‘too fast’ certificate for his efforts. He then followed this up with a bronze medal in his 800 Freestyle. His time of 9.04.81 was over a 30-second improvement.

George Cowan’s gold medal haul continued with a time of 9.56.37. This was another personal best smashing swim from George who was over 40 seconds ahead of his next opponent. Robert Allan was also on medal winning form securing bronze in a new personal best time.

Ben Morrison was placed fourth and Cameron Craig seventh. Cameron took 13 seconds off his entry time while Ben produced another strong finish with some impressive turns. In the 14-year-old age group Blair Geddes was placed fifth in a new personal best time, while Taylor Young and Ross Geddes came fourth and sixth respectively in the 15-16 age group.

Nathan Watt again came fourth in the 17 and over age group. He took eight seconds from his entry time and swam a well controlled and paced race. The session came to a close with Sophie winning her 200 butterfly race in a ‘too fast’ time.

On Sunday morning Cameron Craig set the ball rolling with a new personal best in the 100 butterfly quickly followed by another brilliant performance in the 1,500m freestyle. Ben Morrison again started and finished strongly in his 1,500m to come home fourth in his age group while Robert Allan improved his time by three seconds to take the bronze medal in the 10-12 category.

George Cowan made his final race of the week one to watch with a wonderful effort in his 1,500m race to take 20 seconds from his entry time and win his fourth gold medal of the weekend.

Blair Geddes and Blair Fotheringham were just outside the medals finishing sixth and fourth in their respective age groups. Next up were Hannah Coull and Elle McMillan in the 200 IM. Elle again swam ‘too fast’ with a dominant display in her heat while Hannah broke another personal best winning the silver medal.

The fifth and final session began with another personal best breaking swim from Hannah Coull in the 200 IM. Again Hannah was awarded a ‘too fast’ certificate. Ben Morrison then dominated his 100 freestyle heat with a five second PB and a ‘too fast’ award.

In the same heat Robert Allan and Cameron Craig also set new personal bests by three and five seconds respectively. Robert and Cameron also won ‘too fast’ certificates.

Then came the 1,500 Freestyle for girls in which Sophie Smith, Skye Redford, Kirsten Duncan and Heather Ingram all swam with great determination and tenacity after a busy weekend. Heather, despite injury, worked hard throughout her swim as did Kirsten whose excellent turns helped her to come fourth in her age group.

Skye continued her medal winning displays with a brilliant bronze in a time of 18.50.95. This was nearly a minute improvement.

In the final heat of the 1,500 Sophie Smith led from start to finish in what turned out to be an utterly amazing display. Sophie dominated this event winning the 12-year-old title as well as the Junior and Open titles. To top it off Sophie also broke her second Scottish Age Group record since May with a superb time of 17.43.48.

The meet was brought to a close with further impressive swims in the 200 freestyle as Cameron Craig, Hannah Coull and Elle McMillan were all awarded ‘too fast’ certificates.