St Thomas swimmers perform well in Fife

Pictured in Arbroath Sports Centre on Tuesday evening are swimmers from the St Thomas Club with their awards from the Glenrothes Spring Meet and the Edinburgh International.

Pictured in Arbroath Sports Centre on Tuesday evening are swimmers from the St Thomas Club with their awards from the Glenrothes Spring Meet and the Edinburgh International.

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SWIMMERS from Arbroath St Thomas Swim Club braved an early morning blizzard to travel to Glenrothes on Saturday to take part in the annual spring meet.

At the end of session one, despite having only eight girls at the event, they had accumulated enough points to be sitting in second place with Erin Cranston and Ally Morrison in the running for top girl.

In the 13/14 years age group Erin Cranston won a gold medal in the 100m butterfly, took fourth place in both the 100m individual medley and 100m freestyle. Hannah Milne, still suffering from a bad cough, managed fifth place in the 100m breaststroke, sixth place in the 100m freestyle and seventh place in the individual medley, while Heather Ingram won a bronze medal in the 100m butterfly, fifth in the 100m backstroke and sixth place in both the 100m individual medley and 100m breaststroke.

In the 10-and-under age group Ally Morrison won a gold medal in every event along with a number of personal best times, Ashley Thomson won silver in the 50m butterfly and 100m individual medley, bronze in the 50m freestyle and fourth place in the 50m breaststroke and backstroke, while Eden Main with personal best times in all events also took home a silver medal in the 50m breaststroke and took fifth place in both the 100m individual medley and 50m freestyle.

Sophie Buick and Kirsty Thomson swam in the girls 11/12 years age group showing their commitment to technical development taken on during morning training sessions to tuck a few new personal best times under their belts and demonstrate greatly improved technique.

Ben Morrison (9) swam in the 10-and-under age group again showing improved technique coupled this with determination to take fifth place in the 100m individual medley race and go home with a group of personal best times.

Brandon Runge, swimming in the 11/12 years age group, moved up the rankings in all his swims smashing his previous best times. Indeed in the 100m backstroke, despite taking part in the first heat he finished with a sixth place medal!

Even with two of the girls’ team leaving early for afternoon commitments elsewhere, the remaining girls managed to accumulate enough points to finish in third place with Ally Morrison tying for best girl of the meet with team mate Ashley Thomson winning fourth place.

On the previous weekend four swimmers took part in the Edinburgh International Swim Meet (on tour) swimming at Tollcross in Glasgow. Most swimmers came home with long course personal best times.

Luke Shepherd, competing in the 13/14 years age group, came home with eight long course personal best times and a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke.

Taylor Young, competing in the same age group, also came home with personal best times in all events. Dan Baty who had to withdraw due to illness swam close to his personal best time in the 200m freestyle event.

Megan Baty also came back with personal best times in all her events and made the final in both the 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle races, taking fifth and fourth places, respectively.