Swimmers on form at Midland Sprint Championships

Swimmers from St Thomas Club pictured in Arbroath Sports Centre after taking part in the Midland District Sprint held in the Olyimpia Centre Dundee.
Swimmers from St Thomas Club pictured in Arbroath Sports Centre after taking part in the Midland District Sprint held in the Olyimpia Centre Dundee.

ON SATURDAY St Thomas swimmers travelled to Dundee to take part in the Midland District Sprint Championships.

Competing in the 11-year-olds age group, Blair Geddes was on top form making the finals of all his 50m events, setting a host of new personal best times as well as winning three silver medals and a gold in the backstroke.

In the girls’ 11 years section, Ally Morrison, Louise Fraser and Ashley Thomson all made finals and smashed several personal best times.

Ally won gold in the butterfly, freestyle, backstroke and individual medley events as well as a silver in the breaststroke, while Ashley made it a St Thomas one-two in the butterfly. Ashley also secured fourth and fifth place finishes in the breaststroke and backstroke, respectively. Louise just missed out on a bronze in the backstroke and came fifth in the 50m butterfly.

Louise Hynd, also competing in the 11-year-old group, demonstrated sound improvements in her technique, setting personal bests in all her swims and just missing out in the backstroke final.

Kirsty Thomson, Kali Bell, Sophie Buick and Kelsey Young, swimming in the 12 year olds age group, were all on excellent form. Kirsty improved her butterfly time by four seconds and her backstroke by three seconds, with Sophie and Kali securing new personal best times in their freestyle, butterfly and breaststroke swims.

Kelsey just missed out on a medal in the breaststroke, but her time of 44.21 in the heat was an improvement of five seconds; she improved her time by three seconds in the butterfly and freestyle events.

In the boys’ 12 years, Matthew Michie made the finals of the 50m freestyle and breaststroke, finishing sixth in the freestyle and winning a bronze in the breaststroke. Matthew also improved his 50m backstroke time by nearly two seconds.

Hannah Milne and Heather Ingram competed in the girls 13/14 age group. Hannah swam close to her entry times in most of her events, demonstrating a superb underwater phase in her backstroke race. Heather, meanwhile, secured a fourth place in the 50m butterfly in a fiercely competitive race.

Ethan Bell, Blair Fotheringham, Ross Geddes and Taylor Young represented St Thomas in the boys’ section.

Both Ethan and Blair smashed several of their entry times with both boys comfortably winning their freestyle race. Blair was also a massive nine seconds quicker than his 100 IM entry time, while Ethan’s breaststroke time represented a enormous 17 seconds improvement!

Ross and Taylor were on medal winning form; Ross secured silver medals in the individual medley, butterfly and freestyle events, while Taylor secured gold in the 50m breaststroke as well as making the final of the 50m freestyle.

In the 15/16 age group Sarah Cummings, Nathan Watt, Luke Shepherd and Liam O’Brien all improved on their entry times. Sarah won bronze in the breaststroke and made the finals of the 50m freestyle, backstroke and butterfly. Nathan and Luke made the finals of the freestyle coming fourth and fifth, respectively, the butterfly finishing third and fourth, respectively, while Luke won a silver in the breaststroke and bronze in the 100 IM.

Mark Shepherd, swimming in the 17 years and over age group, made the final of the 50m butterfly coming fifth.