Successful weekend for St Thomas

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ON SUNDAY St Thomas swimmers took part in the Dundee City Aquatics Stars of the Future meet.

In the 10 year old boys’ age group Adam Ross, Cameron Craig and Ross Duncan impressed, setting new personal best times in most of their events.

Ross and Cameron dominated their 100m individual medley (IM) heat, Cameron took 10 seconds off his entry time, while Ross improved by 20 seconds.

George Cowan, Robert Allan and Ben Morrison made their way to finals and medal positions. George won gold in the 50m freestyle, bronze in the 100m IM and was placed fourth in the 50m backstroke; Robert placed fourth in the IM, fifth in the 50m backstroke and sixth in the freestyle; Ben was fifth in the freestyle, sixth in the backstroke, third in the breaststroke and second in the IM.

Amazingly, in the 50m butterfly the boys made it a St Thomas 1, 2, 3. Robert took gold, Ben the silver and George the bronze.

Competing in the girls’ 10 year old age group Baillie Ross made the final of the 50m backstroke and breaststroke, coming home fifth in both races. Sophie Smith dominated the 10-year-old girls, amassing five gold medals and setting a host of new personal bests.

In the 11-year-old girls Ally Morrison, like Sophie, dominated her age group winning four gold medals and a silver. Ally set a new record in the 50m backstroke with a superb time of 33.59.

In the 12 year old age group Brandon Runge, Blair Geddes, Matthew Michie and Ashley Thomson represented St Thomas. Brandon swam close to his personal best times in the morning session placing ninth in the 100m freestyle. In the afternoon Brandon set a new personal best time in the 100 fly and a secured a bronze medal in the final.

Matthew Michie and Blair Geddes continued their top form from last week. Blair won bronze medals in the 100m IM and freestyle, came fourth in the backstroke, secured a silver in the butterfly and smashed his personal best in the breaststroke coming fifth.

Matthew won a bronze in the 100m breaststroke in a new personal best time, came sixth in the freestyle and IM and fifth in the backstroke. Like Ally and Sophie, Ashley also dominated her age group. She set several new personal best times winning four golds and a silver medal in the process.

This proved to be extremely interesting in relation to the Best Girl Trophy where Ally and Ashley finished second equal on 29 points with Sophie just pipping her team mates with 30 points. It was the first time in the meet’s history that a club had secured the first three places in the Best Girl competition!

In the Best Club trophy St Thomas and Perth City were neck and neck all day. Perth eventually won out with St Thomas a close second and Aberdeen Dolphins third.

Six swimmers travelled to Edinburgh to take part in the East District Grand Prix at the newly refurbished Commonwealth Pool on Saturday and Sunday.

Ethan Bell got the team off to a great start with a PB time in the open 50m backstroke with Nathan Watt following soon after with a PB time in the open 50m butterfly. Nathan also took off some 4.5s in the 200m butterfly to finish in fourth place in the 16-and-under age group.

Sarah Cummins, who has been struggling with illness, managed to swim close to her PB times in all her events, as did Katie Phillips just returned from her Duke of Edinburgh expedition.

Heather Ingram produced a host of long course PB times including an impressive 6s in the 200m breaststroke.

Taylor Young took a quite astounding 12s off his LC 200 IM to find that he had to dive straight back in to swim off for a place in the finals of the 200m breaststroke. He rose to the occasion and finished the meet with a three seconds long course PB for this event.

Euan Rose, Erin Cranston and Molly Redford took part in the Stirling Triathlon, Molly taking first place in the 15/16 year age group, Euan finishing second in the boys’ 15/16 years age group, while Erin (16), competing in the 17 years age group, was third.