Good performances by St Thomas swimmers in Stirling

St Thomas swimmers who took part in the Stirling Autumn Swim Meet pictured at the Sports Centre on Tuesday.

St Thomas swimmers who took part in the Stirling Autumn Swim Meet pictured at the Sports Centre on Tuesday.

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At the weekend 12 St Thomas swimmers travelled to The Peak Leisure Complex to compete in the Stirling Autumn Swim meet.

On Saturday it was the turn of the 10-12 year old swimmers. Things started with a bang as Blythe Brown, Rachael Fotheringham, Hannah Coull and Ellie McMillan won their 200 IM heats in a new personal best times.

Elle and Blythe picked up the gold and silver medals respectively in the 10 year old age group. Elle picked up more medals in her 400 FS, 200 BK and 200 FS while Blythe continued to impress by smashing several other personal bests.

Rachael won bronze in the 50m backstroke and impressed in her 400 FS with a five second improvement. Hannah demonstrated much improved technique and battled hard in the 400 FS to set a new personal best time.

Ross Duncan, Cameron Craig and Robert Allan competed in the 11-12 boys’ age group. Ross picked up personal bests in his 200 freestyle and breaststroke while Cameron just missed out on the medals but set several new personal bests.

Cameron, competing in 10 events on the Saturday, was tremendous in his 200 breaststroke and 200 butterfly events maintaining his much improved technique during those races.

Robert continued his good form picking up bronze medals in the 200 fly and 50 fly and a silver in the 200 backstroke. In his 200 backstroke, Robert worked incredibly hard off his turns smashing his PB by four seconds.

On Sunday it was the turn of Joshua Mitchell, Sarah Cummins, Kirsten Duncan and Skye Redford who were all competing in the 13 and over age groups. Joshua took a massive nine seconds from his 200 backstroke entry time and set new personal bests in his 50 and 200 freestyle and 50 backstroke.

Sarah, recovering from illness, was just outside her entry times. She was placed seventh in the 200 individual medley, fifth in the 200 breaststroke and eighth in the 50 fly.

Kirsten continued her recent success winning a silver medal in the 200 breaststroke with a four second improvement and smashing her 200 IM and backstroke times by six seconds.

Skye was on excellent form proving that hard work and determination in training pays off! She took five seconds off her 200 IM time winning the bronze medal and won double gold in the 200 and 400 freestyle with a four and eight second improvement respectively.