Some great swimming was seen from the 67 swimmers who attended the Fauldhouse Penguins Meet last weekend!

Read on for the individual squad meet reports written by the coaching staff.

Benson Blue

Although this was the first meet competing against other clubs for a number of the squad they all rose to the challenge! In the 8 & unders as the only Warrender girl Isabella Geard put in some fast swims achieving top 6 in 25m Fly, BC and FC. Murray Lamb with a very strong swim came 1st in the 9 y/o 25m Fly (20.62), he kept up this effort throughout the session finishing top 6 in the 50m BC, BR and FC. In the same age group Sam Ross with a powerful 50m BR was just touched out into 2nd (54.05) and Arianna Coli swam an excellent 25m Fly to finish 6th (22.31). Both Murray & Arianna claimed top 6 spots in their first ever 200m FC finishing in 3.27.17 and 3.32.24 respectively. Everyone came away with at least one PB, well done!

Benson White

The Fauldhouse meet was the first outside meet of the season, and for a couple of swimmers in the squad, it was their first ever meet against other clubs! Our only eight year old boy, Jorge Sanchez, led the way with a medal in four of his five individual events, including two silvers and a gold. There were strong swims from the 9 year old boys in the squad as well, including Robbie Boyd with a bronze in the 50m BK, James Burnett with four top six finishes, and Rory Stobie with an excellently paced first outing in the 200m FC. As for the girls, we had lots of strong swims and big pb’s from Eilidh C Stewart, Mhairi Noronha and Carmen Sanchez, while Eilidh Stewart made top six in her 50 BR, and Eilidh Noronha had three oh-so-close seventh place finishes. For many of the swimmers, this was a new environment, but they all rose to the challenge and everyone came away with at least one pb! Well done!

Smith White

The hard work the squad has been doing since the start of the season was starting show at the Fauldhouse meet. Young Ellie Craik-Collins led the way in the 9 y/o events with 4th in the 25m Fly, 3rd in 50m BC, 2nd in the 50m BR and 50m FC (38.56) as well as 2nd in her first ever 200m FC (3.12.63)! In the 10 y/o boys Innes Tomlinson and Sidar Gullen put in some strong swims, with Sidar finishing 4th in the 50m BC (42.71) whilst Innes just got the touch to claim 3rd in the 50m FC (36.74). Innes also put a fantastic effort in the 200m FC almost ducking under 3 minutes with a 3.02.59! The 10 y/o girls were pushed on by the boy’s early efforts. Confident swims from Aoileann MacGregor and Sarah Gormley saw them finish 2nd (40.99) and 3rd (43.97) in the 50m BC. Darcy Littlefield and Sarah McNaughton with excellent stroke technique took 1st (45.11) and 2nd (47.18) in the 50m BR. Aoileann then finished off the 50’s taking home 1st in the FC in 36.90. Well done to all the swimmers, let’s keep up the good work!

Wilkie White and Wilkie Red

In the morning session, Patrick and Sean had a good meet finishing always in the top 8 for their age. Particular highlights were an amazing 50 breaststroke from Patrick, finishing 2nd (PB, 47.97) and a very good 50 back (PB, 42.42) for Sean finishing 3rd.

In the 11 year old age group, the swimmers showed high quality in their swims and underwaters. In 50 fly, all the boys did PBs on their original times: David (4th, almost 1s PB with 36.96), Finlay G (7th, 1s PB, 40.45), Jack (8th, 1s PB, 40.98), Nikita (9th, 3s PB, 41.43), Jamie (10th, 2s PB, 41.63) and Finlay K (15th, 3s PB, 43.45). The girls almost all showed an improvement in their original times: Anna G. (5th, 1s PB, 37.77), Holly (6th, 38.38), Beth (9th, 1s PB, 40.32), Natasha (11th, 3s PB, 40.84) who showed an amazing technique and quality in her swim, Lauren (1s PB, 41.13), Lucy (5s PB, 15th, 41.64), Sophie (17th, 0.5s PB, 43.18), Emily (18th, 0.5s PB, 43.86), Robyn (20th, 0.5sPB, 45.23) and Jenny (22th, 46.12).

In 50 Back David and Jack had very strong swims finishing respectively 2nd (38.28) and 3rd (39.21). In a close 8th position, Nikita did a 2 s PB (8th, 40.88) followed by Finlay K (13th, 43.27) and Finlay G. (14th, 43.61). In the 18th position, Jamie did 1s PB (44.20) showing an outstanding technique and quality in turns. In the case of the girls, Anna lead the Warrender group with a small PB (3rd, 38.64) followed by Natasha (6th, 2s PB, 40.68) and Holly (9th, 1s PB, 40.65) who did a 12m underwater! In the 12th and 13th position Lucy and Sophie rounded the 42s while Beth and Robyn rounded the 43s securing a nice time for this event. Finally, Emily, Jenny and Lauren all improved by almost 1s their original times as well as showing a strong swim since for some of them backstroke it is not their strongest stroke.

David won a well-deserved 2nd position in 50 Breast (1sPB, 45.16) with a strong swim as well as good underwaters. Jack was not so far behind in 5th position (5th, 2s, PB 46.55) with a clear improvement in his technique and Nikita finished 6th (6th, 1s PB, 48.35). Jamie, Finlay G. and Finlay K. had nice swims working on their underwaters and getting respectively 49.58, 50.50 and 55.09. Sophie in 50 breast got the gold of the event outstanding from the other swimmers and showing a very powerful swim (1st, 1sPB, 43.52). Not too far behind, Beth and Holly finished respectively 4th and 7th position showing a good swim and technique. Anna did a 1s PB (8th) in the event followed close by Natasha (10th) and Lucy (11th). Robyn, Jenny, Emily and Lauren round the 50s what is a good time for this event.

In the last 50 event, 50 free David (2nd, 34.01), Nikita (5th, 34.51) and Jack (6th, 34.74). Pretty close behind them was, Finlay K reaching a 9th position with a very good time as well as swim. Jamie and Finlay G. rounded 38s getting respectively to a 16th and 18th position. In the girls case, Anna lead again the Warrender group with a very fast time (4th, 33.95) followed closely by Beth (7th), Sophie (8th), Natasha (10th) and Robyn (11th). In the 15th 16th, 17th positions were Lauren, Holly and Lucy. Finally, Emily and Jenny were a bit over their original time but still a good swim and time for this event.

In the 200 Free, David (3rd, 5s PB, 2.40.71), Nikita (6th, 2sPB, 2.46.76) and Sophie (6th, 4s PB, 2.46.57) did an outstanding swim in the 200 free getting nice PBs from their times done in the Club Champs a month ago.