It has been an extremely busy couple of months for St Thomas swimmers.
A talented and hardworking band of athletes have represented St Thomas with distinction at the Midland District Championships and DCA Mini Meet in Dundee, Edinburgh International at Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool and the Dyce Mini Meet in Westhill, Aberdeen.
The Midland District Championships were the last chance for swimmers to qualify for the Scottish Nationals.
Blythe Brown, Hannah Coull, Elle McMillan, Jack Green, Sophie Smith and George Cowan all set improved National qualifying times while Robert Allan, Kirsten Duncan and Cameron Craig either made finals, set personal bests or won medals.
Jack was Junior Champion in the 200 Individual Medley and 200 Backstroke; Hannah won double gold in her 100 and 200 Breaststroke, Blythe excelled gaining top five finishes in most of her events including three national times, Elle gained National times in her 100 and 200 FS winning double silver and Sophie won eight golds including the Top Girl Trophy across all District Championship competitions.
George won silver medals in the 200 and 100 BK, Robert set impressive personal bests in nine different events, Kirsten won gold in the 200 breaststroke and medalled in three other events and Cameron set personal bests in 100 and 200 Butterfly and 100 and 200 Backstroke.
The relay team of Elle, Hannah, Sophie and Blythe struck double gold while the junior boys’ team of George, Jack, Robert and Cameron picked up a bronze and silver as did the Open boys team of Luke, Taylor, Ross and Nathan. St Thomas was also placed third in the best club category.
At the DCA Mini Meet, Samuel Duncan, competing in his first competition for St Thomas, came fifth in the 50m freestyle with a new personal best time of 41:18 and Harris Harley was fifth in his 200 IM and 50 Butterfly with new personal best times in both events fifth.
In the eight and nine-year-old girls’ age group Darcey Brown was fourth in the 50m backstroke, butterfly and freestyle and Evan Watson set personal bests in her backstroke and freestyle swims.
In the 10-year-old age group Natasha Phillips set a new personal best in the 50 breaststroke and freestyle and scooped an impressive bronze medal in the 200 IM. In the 11-year-old girls, Blythe Brown set personal bests in her butterfly, freestyle and 200 IM and Megan Cant also smashed personal bests in the 50 Fly, 50 Breaststroke, 200 IM and 50 FS.
Bobbie Drysdale and Sophia Parsons also demonstrated much improved technique with Bobbie setting new personal bests in all her events and Sophia excelling in her starts and turns. The girls relay team of Megan, Natasha, Darcey and Blythe were also placed fourth. St Thomas was placed fifth overall in the Best Club category.
At the Edinburgh International Sophie smashed her 800 FS pb, came first in her age group and won £15 too!! Jack set impressive personal bests in his 100 and 200 Breaststroke. In the 100m event Jack made the final and bumped into Ross Murdoch and Michael Jamieson in the call room!
The Dyce Mini Meet was another chance for St Thomas youngsters to shine.
Across all age groups St Thomas athletes picked up medals, set personal bests or won their heat. It was great to see the small team of seven swimmers come second in the Top Club Trophy just missing out on the top spot by one point!! Bobbie won her freestyle and breaststroke races and in the process smashed her personal bests placing ninth overall in the freestyle.
Sophia set a new personal best in her 50m freestyle and swam with improved rotation and kick in her backstroke race where she placed fourth.
Samuel won two silver medals in his backstroke and freestyle races, while Evan also made it onto the podium with medals in her freestyle and butterfly races (Evan dominated her butterfly race despite her goggles falling off).
Darcey won an impressive three golds in freestyle, backstroke and butterfly and was placed sixth in the breaststroke. Harris set new personal bests in all five events including winning double gold in the butterfly and freestyle and Megan also won gold in butterfly, silver in backstroke and took seven seconds off her 100 IM.