ON SUNDAY St Thomas swimmers competed in sessions one and two of the SASA Midland District Championships.
This year the championships are being held over two weekends, with sessions three to six taking place next weekend.
Ashley Thomson set the ball rolling with an excellent 200m butterfly. After smashing her entry time by 13 seconds in the heats, Ashley went faster again in the final securing a bronze medal. She also set a new personal best time in her 200 freestyle which was an improvement of eight seconds, while her time of 2.57.73 in the 200 back was a two second personal best.
Also swimming in the 10-12 age group, Ally Morrison improved on her 200 freestyle time by a massive 10 seconds winning a silver medal in the process; she won a bronze in the 200 breaststroke and silver in the 200 backstroke setting personal best times in both events.
Sophie Smith also set a new personal best time in the 200 freestyle by eight seconds and recorded a two second PB in her 200 back. Louise Fraser was just outside her entry time in the 200 freestyle.
In the boys’ 10-12 age group Blair Geddes made the finals of the 200 freestyle and backstroke. His time of 2.52.27 in the backstroke was a six second PB, while in the freestyle Blair took an impressive five seconds off his entry time.
Matthew Michie, Brandon Runge, George Cowan and Robert Allan were also competing in the 10-12 boys age group.
Matthew was on his entry times for his 200 breaststroke, freestyle and back, coming seventh in the backstroke. Brandon demonstrated much improved technique and was just outside his entry times, while both George and Robert smashed their personal best times for their 200 freestyle and backstroke events.
Robert improved his times by seven and nine seconds respectively, while George improved by five and 14 seconds respectively.
Megan Baty, swimming in the 13 years section, and Heather Ingram, in the 14 years, swam well. Both girls were placed fifth in their 200 freestyle finals, with Heather registering a five second personal best. Heather also dug deep to finish fifth in the 200 breaststroke.
Katie Phillips, also competing in the girls’ 14 years, came fourth in the 200 freestyle and secured a gold medal in the 200 backstroke.
Blair Fotheringham, recovering from illness, came second and first in the 200 backstroke and freestyle, respectively, improving his backstroke by 10 seconds.
In the boys’ 14 years, Ross Geddes and Ethan Bell both made the final of the 200 backstroke setting new personal bests. In the 200 freestyle Ethan set a three second PB coming seventh overall, while Ross came second overall. Ross was on good form in the 200 butterfly setting a new person best time and securing the District Junior Championship.
Hannah Milne, in the 15 years age group, competed in the 200 freestyle and breaststroke, while in the boys’ section Luke Shepherd and Taylor Young impressed. Taylor won a bronze in a closely contested 200 breaststroke final and set a new personal best in the 200 freestyle. Luke was placed seventh and fith in the 200 freestyle and breaststroke, respectively, and in the 200 backstroke he took five seconds off his time to secure the District Junior Championship.
In the boys’ 16 years age group Liam O’Brien, Dan Baty and Nathan Watt represented St Thomas. Liam swam in the 200 freestyle and backstroke while Nathan secured seventh in the 200 backstroke, fourth in the 200 freestyle and a gold in the 200 butterfly. Dan set a new personal best in the 200 backstroke final and fought hard in the 200 freestyle to win the District Junior Championship.