ON SATURDAY 11 swimmers represented St Thomas at the Bridge of Don April Showers meet.
For many of these swimmers this was their first taste of the competitive arena outwith the club championships.
Competing in the eight years age group, Rian Anderson set new personal best times and comfortably won his backstroke race. Lauren Thomson set personal best times in her freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke races, coming sixth overall in breaststroke.
Blythe Brown was on excellent form setting personal best times in her events and winning three gold medals.
In the 10 years age group Lewis Anderson improved his 50m freestyle time by nearly five seconds demonstrating much improved technique. Adam Ross improved his breaststroke time by a second-and-a-half and his freestyle time of 39.63 was a five second improvement. Adam finished fourth overall in these events.
Cameron Craig set a personal best time in his 50m breaststroke, came sixth in the backstroke event and won a bronze in the freestyle in a new personal best time.
Kari-Ann Durbridge and Shannon Webster demonstrated much improved technique in all their events; Kari-Ann improved her backstroke time by five seconds, breaststroke by four seconds and swam tenaciously in her butterfly race.
Shannon took a second off her backstroke time, two seconds off her freestyle and a massive eight seconds off her breaststroke time.
Hannah Coull and Baillie Ross had some closely fought races, Baillie just pipping Hannah to the bronze medal in the breaststroke, while Hannah finished seventh in the freestyle with Baillie being placed eighth. Hannah also came eighth overall in the butterfly as did Baillie in the 50m backstroke.
Marshall Brown swimming in the 11 years age group was on top form all day. He improved his backstroke time by a huge 20 seconds coming second in his heat and in his freestyle race an excellent finish saw him securing a six second personal best.
The 4x50m freestyle relay team of Adam, Hannah, Cameron and Baillie were placed fourth overall in the event just missing the bronze medal by a second!