Swimmers hare to Mad March meet

St Thomas swimmers who took part in the Portobello Mad March Meet complete with their medlas pictured in the Arbroath Sports centre on Tuesday.

St Thomas swimmers who took part in the Portobello Mad March Meet complete with their medlas pictured in the Arbroath Sports centre on Tuesday.

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AT THE weekend St Thomas swimmers travelled through to the Mercat Gait swimming pool in Prestonpans to compete in the Portobello Mad March Meet.

In the 8/9 years girls, Blythe Brown continued her excellent form from last weekend coming fourth in the 50m freestyle, sixth in the backstroke, third in the breaststroke, fifth in the butterfly and 100m individual medley.

Sophie Smith swimming in the 10/11 age group won three silvers and a bronze medal, coming third overall in her age group and setting a new personal best time in the 200m individual medley.

In the boys’ 10/11 age group Ross Duncan, Cameron Craig, Ben Morrison, Robert Allan and George Cowan represented St Thomas.

Cameron secured third place overall in the 10-year-old boys, courtesy of a silver and three bronze medals, while Ross Duncan smashed many of his entry times and showed improved technique in his 200m freestyle.

The 11-year-old boys’ age group was fiercely contested with Ben, Robert and George in the mix with many top 10 finishes. However, it was in the relay races that the St Thomas swimmers shone. Cameron, Ben, Robert and George won a bronze in the medley relay and silver in the freestyle.

On Sunday it was the turn of the older swimmers.

In the 12-year-old age group Ashley Thomson and Ally Morrison, recovering from injury and illness, enjoyed success.

Ashley smashed her personal best in the 200 backstroke leading her heat from start to finish and had a run of three fourth place finishes. Overall Ashley was placed third in her age group.

Ally, battling illness, dug deep to win five golds, swimming just outside her personal bests. However she amassed a total of 30 points to secure the top girl trophy in her age group.

In the girls’ 14-and-over age group Sarah Cummins and Kirsten Duncan demonstrated improved technique; in her backstroke race Sarah led from start to finish.

In the boys’ 13 year age group, Blair Fotheringham won two bronze medals smashing his personal best times and securing a Nationals consideration time in the process.

In the 14-and-over age group, Luke Shepherd set personal best times in his 200 individual medley and freestyle and won two silver medals and Nathan Watt won a silver in the 200 fly and set a new personal best time in his 200 individual medley.