Swimmers in fine form at meets

St Thomas swimmers parade the medals won in meets at Dyce and Glenrothes over the last two weekends.
St Thomas swimmers parade the medals won in meets at Dyce and Glenrothes over the last two weekends.

It has been another busy and successful period for St Thomas swimmers.

Last weekend at the new Michael Woods Sports Complex in Glenrothes 11 swimmers competed in the Glenrothes Spring Meet.

Ashley Thomson, competing in the 13-14 girls age group, was on excellent form. In the morning session she won a bronze in the 100m individual medley, was placed eighth in the 100m breaststroke and fourth in the 100m freestyle.

In the afternoon session Ashley finished sixth in the backstroke smashing her existing personal best but she saved the best for last in the 100m butterfly where she secured another bronze medal in a closely fought contest for silver and gold.

Jack Green, making his debut for St Thomas, set personal bests in all his swims reaping the reward for his hard work in training. Jack was placed eighth in the 100 IM and breaststroke, seventh in the 100 freestyle and sixth in the backstroke and butterfly. In the butterfly Jack took an impressive four seconds off his time.

Also competing in the 13/14 boys age group was Joshua Mitchell. He demonstrated improved technique and racing skills particularly in his freestyle race.

In the girls’ 15 and over age group Sarah Cummins overcame a small injury to swim just outside her personal best times in all her swims finishing just outside the top 10 in the breaststroke.

Kirsten Duncan was on good form setting a new personal best in her breaststroke to come fifth. She also took two seconds off her 100m butterfly time and three seconds off her 100m backstroke personal best.

In the 10 and under girls, Blythe Brown collected a host of medals and personal bests. In the 50m butterfly and freestyle Blythe won silver, she came fourth in the breaststroke with a two second personal best, third in the 100 IM and finished off her collection with a gold in backstroke.

In the 11-12 age group medals galore was the order of the day. Sophie Smith in preparation for the Scottish Nationals swam with improved technique and racing skills to smash her 100m butterfly time and win five gold medals. Her unbeatable tally of 40 points also secured her the ‘Top Girl’ award.

Team-mates Hannah Coull and Elle McMillan were also on medal winning, pb smashing form. Hannah took 10 seconds off her butterfly time to come fourth overall, six seconds off her IM time to be placed fourth again, two seconds off her freestyle to come home eighth and four seconds off her backstroke to be placed eighth.

Hannah’s swim of the day was her 100 breaststroke where she fought Sophie all the way to pick up the silver medal.

Elle McMillan came fifth in the breaststroke and sixth in the backstroke both in new personal best times. In the IM Elle made it a St Thomas 1-2 with a silver medal taking five seconds from her personal best and she took bronze in the freestyle also in a new personal best.

Not to be outdone the 11-12 boys George Cowan and Robert Allan swam with great technique to take home a total of 10 medals.

Robert set personal bests in his 100 butterfly (5 second improvement), 100 IM (2 second improvement) and took one second from his backstroke and freestyle times. As a result Robert won a bronze, three fourth place medals and a seventh place medal.

George, who had warmed up with the Swimathon for Sport Relief on the Friday night, showed his intentions with a total of five silver medals. His butterfly race resulted in a one second personal best, he also set personal bests in his breaststroke and IM races and in his final race George took a fantastic seven seconds from his backstroke time.

Overall the efforts of the team resulted in a third place finish behind Milngavie and Bearsden and Warrender in the top club award.

This weekend a team of seven swimmers travelled to Westhill to compete in the Dyce Mini Meet.

In the morning session the nine-year-old girls kicked things off. Ella McDade set a new personal bests in her backstroke and breaststroke coming second in both her races. Her 50m backstroke time of 49.37 resulted in an overall fifth place.

Natasha Phillips was in dominate form securing golds in her backstroke and breaststroke races smashing both personal bests in the process. In her breaststroke race Natasha dug deep to overtake and pass the long time leader.

Next up was Harris Harley in the nine-year-old boys. His time of 48.25 with a fantastic turn was good enough to place third in his heat and finish seventh overall.

In the 10 year old girls, Sophia Parsons and Bobbie Drysdale both finished third in their races with both girls demonstrating excellent starting skills. Lewis Runge, swimming in the 10 year old boys’ section was just outside his personal best in his breaststroke but raced well to finish third in his heat.

In the afternoon the personal bests, top 10 placings and medals continued. Lewis Runge took two seconds from his 100 IM time and one second from his 50m freestyle. In his freestyle race Lewis demonstrated great start and turning technique to come home second.

Sophia and Bobbie continued to pick up personal best times. Bobbie took four seconds from her backstroke and two seconds from her freestyle times finishing third in her backstroke race. Sophia took a massive 13 seconds from her backstroke personal best to come home second in her race.

Harris set an impressive time in his 50m freestyle race and was always in contention for the race victory finishing third. Ella in her 50m freestyle race came seventh overall in a new personal best time but saved the best for last in her 50m butterfly winning her race and taking five seconds from her entry time.

Natasha continued her brilliant swimming from the morning session taking two more gold medals. She dominated the butterfly race to take seven seconds off her entry time and she again raced superbly in the freestyle heat to break the 40 second barrier with a time of 39.76.